(Closed) Belt lower or higher? and what to do with a to short belt

posted 6 years ago in Dress
  • poll:
    lower : (39 votes)
    49 %
    higher : (40 votes)
    51 %
  • Post # 3
    10366 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I think you should just sew it onto the gown. That way, there won’t be any awkward shifting.

    Also, the “lower” and “higher” options look exactly the same to me, so i’d just go with what makes you happy!

    Post # 4
    979 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I like it higher! I the belt should end where the full part of the skirt starts, at your natural waist.

    Post # 5
    46647 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    i like the belt positioned as it is in the first pic. It appears that the bottom of the belt sits at the seamline and makes your waist  and hips look smaller. When the belt is lower the fabric of the dress bulges out and makes your hips look larger.

    As for the fit question, if you wear it lower, are you ok with a ribbon bow at the back of your dress? You could just tack the bow to a ribbon and tie it in a bow at the back.

    Alternatively, you could tack the sash to a ribbon, but have the ends of the ribbon squared off and use a hook and eye closing. If you don’t like the look of the ribbon between the sides of the sash at the center back, you could add some beading over one end of the ribbon or find a pretty applique.

    Post # 6
    458 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I like the first picture the most. Lower elongates your frame more.

    Post # 8
    11233 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I definitely like it lower–it does elongate your torso just a bit. As far as that placement being too short, sew a length of ribbon on either end and tie it into a ribbon.

    Post # 9
    371 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I think that the belt placement might be one of those things that only the bride will notice!  Both look great to me, so go with what makes you feel more comfortable.  You might want to try sitting when the belt is that low to see if it folds funny though.



    Post # 11
    2143 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    I like it better higher, it looks more natural/right, and then you don’t have to worry about the gap!

    Post # 12
    1152 posts
    Bumble bee

    I like it lower – the higher belt cuts off your beautiful waistline.

    Post # 13
    928 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I like how it is in the first picture.

    Post # 14
    519 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I think it looks better lower. In terms of the gap when you sew it on, I would just leave it. As long as it is sewed on so it is centered, it will just look like it belongs like that, with a small gap before the buttons in the back. 

    Post # 15
    6123 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I like it lower.  It looks more flattering (although, it’s not a HUGE difference).


    Sew it in at that position (just go with the gap) or have a similar colored ribbon sewn behind it which fastens somehow, so the gap is now a matching ribbon color.  With a bow/strands or just a ribbon section.

    Post # 16
    97 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    I like the belt lower…also what i would do is get a ribbon and sew the belt onto that and either leave the ends long down and going down the back of the dress or cut it short so at least the belt closes then sew it on the dress. 🙂

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