Post # 1
Any of you with C, D, Dear Daughter, etc + chest married in a strapless dress? I will soon be wedding dress shopping. So far Ive been looking online and I see strapless sweethearts I love and well, I’m a Dear Daughter34 – not sure if it will support me.
I recently lost a lof of weight, and I am worried it wont feel right or look right or I wont have lift or support? Can they alter a dress so that it fits very tight around the chest? Any concerns or comments or photos of you ladies in your dresses?
Post # 3
I am a 32/34Dear Daughter, so I feel your pain. I already got my gown, but when I went to try gowns on, I was very surprised by the fit of the gowns. I only tried on gowns with boning in the bodice though and I have found that I won’t even have to wear a bra under my gown. I suggest trying on gowns with boning in them. Also, a corset back works really well to pull everything in a tighten things up. I ended up keeping the zipper and buttons in my gown though and there is plenty of support. It will depend on the gown as to how much it can be altered for support. I don’t have a picture of me in my gown, but here is the model.
Post # 4
I’m a 34/36G and I’m having mine made strapless. The keyword there is “made” since I couldn’t find a single dress that would be worthwhile to alter! I would have needed a 22/24 to fit my chest and a 10 to fit my waist and hips. For me it made more sense to have a dress custom made fully boned with a corset back to fit me exactly. I’m not sure anything else would hold the girls up but my dressmaker has assured me I’ll be going braless on the big day!
Post # 5
I’m a 42Dear Daughter and I had a strapless dress. I was so against having one at first because I didn’t want to be doing the hoochy mama dance tugging it up all night! But when I tried it on, I was very surprised at the support it offered. I wore my dress 2 days – once for the ceremony and then the next day for the reception, and I was very happy with the fit and feel of it! 🙂 Here’s a pic of me in my dress:
One thing I’ll note is that I LOVE the corset back of it! That allowed for the dress to be pulled nice and snug in all the right places. 🙂
Post # 6
My better half was a DDD in a strapless dress at our wedding. She had the bridal corset on, to be perfectly honest, too tightly. It held everything just wonderfully. My suggestion is bridal corset thing all the way. 😀
Post # 7
I’m a 34Dear Daughter and have chosen a strapless dress. They are made in such a way that you won’t be pulling it up all night. I swear I wouldn’t be able to get anything else into my dress if I tried but at the same time is so comfortable 🙂
Post # 8
I think the key is just like othe rposters said to get the corset back and also boning is key. I’m having boning added to my dress for extra support.
Post # 9
I am a 36Dear Daughter and wore a strapless dress, so yes, it can certainly be done!
The dress should have built-in support, as PP have said, BUT what’s really going to hold you up is your BRA, not so much the dress. I can’t emphasize it enough: GET A FITTING–ESPECIALLY if you’ve lost a lot of weight recently. And not at Victoria’s Secret. Go to a proper bra shop where they yes, poke and prod and don’t care about modesty, because they’re the ones that will make sure you will be comfortable (well, comfortable enough), that you won’t fall out, and most of all, pretty! With a 34Dear Daughter chest and a strapless gown, they will probably put you in a longline, which is like a corset and therefore provides more support from beneath than a regular strapless. As with most strapless bras (although brands are all different), it might fit better to go down in the band size and up in the cup size–very close to your regular size, but that extra bit of cinching in the band will help with the support. For you, that would be around a 32F.
They say that you should have your lingerie before you go try on dresses, but I think that it’s better to go in with a strapless you already own and then go get the lingerie with your dress–it’d be unfortunate to spend $75 on a longline and then find that its back doesn’t dip down far enough or something. But I’m sure other brides have done it the reverse way as well and haven’t had trouble.
Post # 10
I wear a 34D and usually have a hard time with strapless – but i found an amazing bra from http://www.biggerbras.com/catalog5-types/bra-strapless.shtml That really helped but the fitting also did wonders – i had them pull it up to cover my chest and pull it tight for support.
Post # 11
I’m a 36E and I wore a strapless dress that didn’t have boning or a corset (it was flowy chiffon). Get a good long-line bra! That was the best way I found to give me great support.
Post # 12
I am a 38D and I am wearing strapless. Two things make me feel comfortable, one is a good bra (http://www.herroom.com/Dominique-8541-Longline-Smooth-Strapless-Bra.shtml), and the other is a corset back (because I feel like I don’t need to worry about weight loss at all, I know I can pull that baby super tight on the day of and be secure.
Post # 13
I tried on some and I was a 34Dear Daughter originally and lost some weight and now I am a 34D. So far so good! I don’t have many problems with the strapless and they can fit it to your size. You should be fine ^_^
Post # 14
@NorthernLights: Im a 36Dear Daughter as well and i ofund it really frustrating to look for a dress, but it can be done. I wanted straps bc i thought strapless would look bad with my chest..but as you have seen from above pictures it can be done!!! and classy too!!
I had a maggie dress that had a built in corset, so that did wonders (no bra)
Post # 15
I was a 34DDD (I’ve had a reduction since) and wore a gorgeous strapless dress. It seemed perfect at the store and during the fittings and they even put an extra tight strap inside (with additional hooks to tight as the night went on) but it was not enough. The dress kept sliding down all night – to the point where my mom told me to cover up because my entire chest was pouring out at dinner. Really disappointed because half of my beautiful pix by Leigh Miller are ruined by my ridiculous chest. I ended up sticking a big spring of white hydrangea in my cleavage while i was dancing! Ugh. I wish I had that part of my wedding to do over again. 🙁
Seeing the pix after the fact was the catalyst for my reduction surgery. Sorry if that’s Too Much Information.
Post # 16
I’m a 36G, and wore a dress that had a bit of boning, and a corset back. I was amazed… it fit so well that I didn’t have to wear a bra!