(Closed) Am I the only one who does not like lace up backs?

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 17
5493 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’m not a fan either.  They just look very dated and costumy to me.  It makes me think of Marie Antoinette and that whole time period.

Post # 18
30 posts
  • Wedding: April 2011

I am still on the fence about the corset backs.   I’ve been to try on dresses a couple of times and DID NOT want a corset when I went, but they have grown on me!  Here’s what changed my mind:

1. Less alterations = less money

2. I’m a curvy girl and it let’s you pull it in at all the right places

3. I can let it out for some breathing room at any time during the reception. 

But I do still love the buttons!

Post # 19
344 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

the corset backs go two ways- on one hand, you can have fewer alterations and can tighten up the back as much as you like but on the other hand, the lacing can make your back fat scrunch up and spill over the top! and this could happen with any body type.

Post # 20
3176 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I can honestly say I have absolutely no preferance on whether its a corest back or a zip back. The dress I chose the sales lady let me know that that I could have a lace-up back added for 100 dollars. I thought she was crazy and I told her so, she quickly informed me that I was the first bride in 2 months to not want a corset back added. I was shocked! I do think they are really pretty though and add great definition and shape, I just didn’t want to pay extra 🙂

Post # 21
277 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Mine laces up underneath. It then has a zipper and then buttons above that. You can only see the buttons, but I guess I have all three. Haha! 😉

As for looks, I thought I was definitely going to go with a lace up back, but I just loved the buttons on the back too much to turn them down. I wouldn’t have mine any other way.

Post # 22
11050 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I didn’t have a preference until I tried on dresses a few weeks ago. I tried on an Alfred Angelo dress and the front looked good and I liked it but the back just ruined me, as Meowkers  said they look costumy and it really did on me. Like anything else I spose is that it suits some people but not others.

Post # 23
149 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

i don’t like it myself. =)

Post # 24
8736 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’m not the biggest fan of them either. My debutante dress was a 2 piece with a lace up corset back and I LOVED It at the time.

When I look back at the pictures of me in it, with the freshman 15 I put on it looks very bodoir and there is a LOT of cleveage in front.

However, I have seen them on people here and IRL and they are gorgeous on them. Just not for me.


The styles I link for me in bridal gowns are mainly lace, with really low backs or open backs so a corset wouldn’t work for that anyway.

Post # 25
703 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Part of the reason I chose my dress was b/c of the buttoning back.  I just think the little row of buttons all the way up the back is so classic and pretty.

Post # 26
921 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m not a fan..when looking for a wedding dress, that is one thing I didn’t want..that and a mermaid style….just my style though!

Post # 27
248 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I don’t like lace-up backs either! I want a zipper with buttons.

Post # 28
6996 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Hate them……for me.

i just think it looks kind of trashy…but thats my opinion.

no offense ladies.

i saw so many dresses i liked, until i saw the back


Post # 29
391 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

The lace up back wasn’t for me either. I like the zip up look.

Post # 30
24 posts
  • Wedding: July 2011

I love buttons, but they are so hard to find!  I tried on a bunch of dresses and probably less than five of them buttoned in the back.  The girls at the bridal salon told me that it was more popular because you would have less of a need for alterations.


I lucked out and found a sample with buttons that fit perfectly.  I have to admit that a lot of the corset back style dresses did a great job at really defining my waist though!

Post # 31
1184 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

i’m not a fan for me but i’ve seen them look lovely on others. i can’t stand being that constricted so it’s a good thing it’s not the look i’m going for. i had to wear a heavily boned Bridesmaid or Best Man dress with an inner corset and i felt like i was going to pass out half the night from lack of oxygen. it wasn’t from being too small either, as i spent half the night tugging the damn thing up.

i’ve always been obsessed with the little buttons up the back. i don’t care if they’re a pain. Fiance lives in fear of unhooking all of them that night!

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