(Closed) Are straps flattering?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Are straps on a wedding dresses more flattering for large arms?



  • Post # 3
    1589 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I think it really depends on a figure. I feel comfortable in straps, but I actually think they are less flattering on me. I think they may be more flattering for people with broad shoulders. 


    Post # 4
    23591 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    It really depends! Sometimes straps run the risk of making large arms look bigger.  I think it depends on the size of the straps.

    Post # 5
    469 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I swore up and down that I wanted straps, but I think they made my shoulders look very broad (and cap sleeves made me look like a linebacker). I ended up in a strapless gown.

    Post # 6
    1647 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    It really depends. If you have broad shoulders, I recommend off the shoulder gowns with really thick straps so that the focus is on your figure. Maybe like the top of this dress

    Post # 7
    284 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @Miss_lozzi:  What style of tops do you normally find flattering?

    I know strapless and even spagetti straps do not look great on my so I’m thinking of asking the seamstress to use the wrap that came with my dress to do something like this

    You can also get some very elegant and flattering lace boleros. If you are getting married in January in the UK you will prob want something or a faux fur wrap


    Post # 8
    9765 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I have broader shoulders and straps only accentuated it. As another poster said, cap sleeves made me look like a linebacker, lol.

    Post # 10
    1647 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

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    @Miss_lozzi:  well, it’s really hard to imagine what you look like without a picture. Look at old pictures of yourself and see which dresses you look best in. Those are usually the silhouettes you should be wearing for your wedding dress.

    Post # 11
    2842 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

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    If the reason you want straps is to cover or hide your arms, you’re probably missing the point. Sleeves are really the only way to do that, and they are obviously out of the question in our Aussie summers! 

    So the issue becomes how to draw attention away from the arms, not towards them. If you don’t have broad shoulders, off-the-shoulder or cap sleeves as posted above may be good options, but some people think they actually draw attention to the arms, and I don’t think they’re enough on their own – the neckline and the rest of the dress is important too.

    Given that you said you have an hourglass figure and nice boobs, I’d be showing them off. A mermaid dress should work well, and a natural waist ballgown might as well (depending on height and whether you’re short waisted or not). Whatever you choose it should emphasise your small waist and fabulous curves – ruching and draping or other waist features should help with that.

    Neckline wise I think you should go for as plunging as you can get away with wihout offending people: a deep sweetheart, deep v-neck or maybe even a halter for that Hollywood bombshell feel.

    for example:






    Get people looking at your body and boobs and they won’t even notice your arms – seriously!


    Post # 12
    455 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2015

    I have naturally broad shoulders and a good amount of muscle on my arms from weightlifting. I picked a dress with wide straps and a deep Vneck. For me, the neckline draws the attention to the front of the dress. The visual focus is on my very nice chest and hourglass figure. I feel in strapless dresses the focus is on the bare shoulders and that brings the eye to the arms as well.  

    Also. Cap sleeves are the worst idea in the world. ‘I’d like a sleeve that serves no function except to get me recruited into the NFL as a linebacker.’ 

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