Post # 1
So, I have back fat from hell. Seriously, I tried on a couple dresses that made it look like I litterally had a butt on my upper back. This is BAD.
When I asked for advice on this at my fitting, the lady mentioned the whole “sweep the fat to the side” motion to get rid of the back cleavage issue.
The other thing she mentioned, (she called it a beauty pageant trick) was to take 2 long strips of adhesive tape and put one on each side of your back to kind of “pull” any extra back fat down towards your ribcage- thus banishing back cleavage.
Am I completely insane for actually considering this?? :-/
Post # 3
haha, no, not insane.
But it will save you a lot of stress if you just pick a dress that doesn’t require sweeping, tucking, and taping.
Post # 4
OMG I too have some back fat! I hate it! I have been trying to do more back excercises to try and combat this problem! I also have jiggly under arms eeeek
Post # 5
Lol I tried a corset on for the first time the other day and I swiveled to see my back and I had some fine back cleavage too… I would definitely try the sweeping before the taping… yeesh.
Post # 6
Heck no! I think I’m going to try that!!!! I don’t want any extra butts anywhere on my body, mine is big enough to be the only one!!!
Post # 7
The only downside I see is the wedding night… “Oh YEAH baby, rip the tape off like THAT!”.
Sorry, I couldn’t resist. 😛
Post # 8
Nope, I think I might give that a go, too! It drive me nuts!
Post # 9
i have never heard of the adhesive tape trick, sounds painful, as a sometime theatre technician, i am used to having duct tape stuck on my arms,and it bloody hurts when it comes off!!!
but my dress is going to consist of a corset which will be similar to this one:
Gold and Pink Sample by Sparklewren Bespoke Corsets
and i too have the wobbly arms issue, though i am probably going to go down the shrug route, as a jacket would totally obscure the back of the corset.
but if your having a corset style back, they may be able to put a modesty placket in, which sits behind the laces and hides your actual skin, but still pulls you in and does its job.
Post # 10
I would also make sure that the dress is fitted to you. You might be having problems because you are trying on dresses that are far too tight. I didn’t have any problems with a dress that was fitted to me.
Post # 11
I think whatever works is fine and not crazy. Anyone can get weird stuff going on with the skin on their back that comes from being laced tightly into a corset gown. Some of that can definitely be smoothed out and rearranged. I’ve found that Body Pump classes at my local gym have been a godsend in giving me quick results and a little more definition through my arms, shoulders and back muscles. Not perfect, but better. Good luck!
Post # 12
Yep, most of the dresses looked so bad because the consultants would just get them as tight as is humanly possible. I had to remind a couple of them that breathing is good, hehe. This gal had it fitting very nicely up top, because the support comes more from your waist/hips, rather than being so tight in the boob area so it can’t fall down.
I’m doing back excersises and am on a healthier diet until the wedding, maybe that will help a bit. I’m not really overweight, I just carry more flesh on my upper back than most people. So strange.
Hopefully this helps other who also have insecurities about that area… perhaps I should to a test run at my next fitting, and post before and after pictures to see if there’s a difference! Eh?
Post # 13
- Wedding: June 2010 - The Mountain Terrace, Woodside, CA
Back fat is my arch nemisis too! But like was said above, a lot of it comes from the dress being tied too tightly, I tell you, those bridal consultants don’t want you to breathe!
What I’ve figured out with my corset backed dress is you make sure the top three or so criss crosses aren’t too tight, those top ones are what pinch your skin and make most of the fat poonch (yes, my technical term) out over the top. After you get down a couple inches, then you can begin to cinch the corset in tight, without as much of the fat poonching effect.
Post # 14
You should read my post I did last week. I have a corset dress and if it is laced too tight (like the seamstress did) then it gives me the back cleavage look. She finally showed me and my Maid/Matron of Honor how to sweep the skin back into place to smooth it back out. It was crazy majic and I’m glad she showed me this trick because now I get the look of the tight corset but not the back cleavage.
I do need to add that this might not work for all dress types etc. so give it a try while trying on dresses.
Post # 16
Don’t forget to teach your honey how to cover the dress/skin junction for pictures!