Post # 1
Hello bees. I’m searching for my dress and one of the things I would like to avoid is boning. Those stays that are sewn into the bodice of the dress that make it stay in shape even if there is no person inside. I find them incredibly uncomfortable when you want to do things like breathe or sit down. However, I recently took an unscheduled trip to a couple salons with my futre mother-in-law and aunt-in-law and every dress I tried on had boning. I definately want a dress with straps or cap sleeves. The consultant kept saying that I could just add straps to all the strapless dresses she kept bringing, but then I still have to deal with the stays. Ugh.
So I’m just wondering, any bees with dresses without boning willing to offer advice and pictures?
Post # 3
Mine did not have boning, but it was fitted/not poufy. It’s Mon Cheri Amelia. A few years old, but maybe they currently have a similar one out?
Post # 4
Mine doesn’t have boning either.
Post # 5
There is no boning in my dress, it is fitted at the top and free from the bust down.
Post # 6
My dress is strapless and it doesn’t have any built-in boning. I’m wearing a longline bra with light boning and a slip with control panels just to give myself a smoother line, but the dress itself doesn’t have any support structure built in. Some strapless dresses don’t have boning built in, so they may be candidates for adding straps or cap sleeves.
Post # 7
@hotchildinthecity: That’s a great picture and I love the top of your dress!
Who is your dress by? It looks great!
Who is your dress by? I really like this cut and would love to try it on!
I thought all strappless dresses had boning! Who knew ? You, obviously. Very cool. Who is your dress by?
Post # 8
No boning in my Pallas Athena/Venus dress!
Post # 9
@JenGirl: Mine is a White by Vera Wang, at David’s Bridal. It’s very soft and comfy inside, and the seamstress said the support for the dress will come more from the alterations than anything else. I’m not too well-endowed so I was worried about this! Plus it’s taffeta, so the fabric itself will hold shape better than something more drapey might.
I think most strapless dresses do have SOME boning, but it’s definitely not all the stabby, heavy kind. Some of it is really just there to streamline the look and shape of the dress, not to act as a corset or hanger to defy gravity. Some softer boning you may not even notice much. I tried on a number of gowns with straps that also had boning, but it was the soft kind and more for the shape of the dress.
Post # 10
Mine doesn’t have boning…
Post # 11
I would check out Davids Bridal. I found that most of their dresses done have boning (which I was actually against). I think its because they want you to buy their slips and everything for support instead.
Post # 12
There’s no boning in my dress and I loved how soft and comfy it was….now if I can just get it back, Grrr.
Post # 14
If you plan on adding sleeves or straps anyway, why not get the boning removed from any dress? My seamstress popped some of the boning out temporarily in my dress while she was taking it in and then just sewed it back in, so don’t see why that wouldn’t work on other dresses!
Post # 15
Boning-free here to. Mine is made by pronovias
Post # 16
@JenGirl: It’s by Marisa 🙂