Post # 1
So, I bought a strapless dress, something I swore I would never do (having a larger chest 40DD). I am looking for some advice as far as where to get a decent strapless bra or a brand that is good. I’ve tried many on and am just annoyed by the entire thing at this point. I am not sure if it is just me, having not wore one previously, but none of them seem too cover enough or be snug enough or lift enough. It’s a pain (yes, I’ve been measured…so, again it may just be me and the fact that I really want a snug, not going to going any where, feeling).
Also, depending on how the top of my dress would be taken in/altered does anyone have any insight, they could share, in regards to not actually wearing a bra. Or, what it would cost to have something fitted into the dress and how well that works and if something like that would give me the lifting and separating I am looking for.
Post # 3
Most wedding dresses actually are so well-constructed you won’t need a bra once it’s fitted properly. I’d talk to your seamstress about it when you get the dress altered. You could also look into getting a longline strapless bra, which will give you more support, or even a full bustier like they often give you at David’s bridal. The one they had me use gave lots of support, considering it was too big in the band and small in the cups (I’m a 36FF and they gave me a 38DD).
Post # 4
@jenniea313: you can have bra cups built into your dress to eliminate the need for a bra all together.. But if you still feel you want one I would highly highly recommend going and getting professionally fitted at a specialty boutique.. Victoria secret is awful! And doesn’t cater to girls with larger girls! if your bra is fitted to your properly you should never have to worry about the girls going wayward!
Also… Just a little tip… If you find a bra you like but it feel just a tad too snug or not snug enough or feel the cups have too much coverage or whatever you can get them altered like normal clothing to be perfect for you!
Post # 5
Thanks for the advice! As far as a built in bra goes, do you have any idea what something like that costs? Also, do you know if they doing any ‘lifting’? Thanks again!
Post # 6
@jenniea313: I don’t think it is a very expensive alteration… If there is boning in the bodice of your dress and they alter it to be very fitted around your rib cage the girls will most definitely be up where they are supposed to be! You can havin padding and stuff sewn in as well so all you have to do is lift and scoop and it is cleavage-o-rama!
Post # 7
@jenniea313: I don’t know what other salons have, but David’s bridal has corset type bras (which I will be buying for my own wedding day) that go from the hips to bust with normal bra clasps down the whole back…it felt awesome and supportive and I was wearing it for a couple hours since we scheduled my Bridesmaid or Best Man appointment right after mine.
Post # 8
@jenniea313: Instead of gonig with sewn in cups (which I found 100% useless for large breasts) I had my seamstress sew one of my actual bras into the dess. It was one of my normal bras and we cut off all the strap parts after it was swen in. This gave me more lift and seperation than support than sewn in cups, which I think provided more of a liner than any sort of shaping or lifting.
Post # 9
- Wedding: November 2013 - Stillwell House
Seriously regretting no bra beneath my gown – the boning and interior looked structured enough – however the first time I sat down in the gown while at the venue before the ceremony – the boning on one side just buckled down right over itself and spillage was imminent. I spent the ceremony with my shoulders hunched upward and an arm under that breast and afraid to move — not so nice for photos. I never thought to test drive sitting during fittings for an a-line. I didnt plan on changing at the reception but the gown had to come off immediately and all I had were the tshirt and jeans I arrived at the venue in.
(I had to let go during the handfasting. I was nervous!)
Post # 10
Hie thee to a good fitter. Look for a Nordstrom or a specialized bra person in your area. Don’t go to Victoria’s Secret or Lane Bryant for a fitting. You need to be fitted specifically for the brand and line of bra since there’s so much variation between styles and brands. Book an appointment if necessary and expect to pay a decent amount of money for your long-line bra, strapless bra, or bustier. Anything in the $50-$100 range would be reasonable for reliable shapewear.