Corset back vs Zipper

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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610 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Others will have more experience with this, but I just wanted to share my decision.  I purchased a gown with a zipper, but I am going to have a seamstress convert it to a corset style.  I have almost 13″ difference between my waist and hips.  And I have lost 15lbs in the past 3 months. I figure with the money I saved buying the dress through ebay I can splurge on some customizations.  I would just rather tie it tighter/looser on my wedding day than stress out about it not fitting correctly.

Post # 4
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3638 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Corset backs definitely allow for wiggle room because you tie them only as tight as your body will let you. I had a corset dress for my formal (prom) and have worn it since for 3 years, over that time I have been bigger and smaller than when I first bought the dress and it still fits amazingly.

Avoid the stress, go the elegant corset back.

Post # 5
Hostess
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I didn’t have any problem with fit with my zippered gown.  My weight doesn’t fluctuate a lot though.

Post # 6
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529 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

My dress is a corset back, and I definitely think it adds a little wiggle room. I also think it just adds a little something to the dress

Post # 7
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988 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I personally don’t like corset backs mine was a zipper back and it fit just fine, zipper backs also come with a bra like thing on the inside that allows you to adjust it a little better.

Post # 8
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1079 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I had to have alterations on my zipper dress four days before the wedding because I lost 4 lbs. And I lost weight during the wedding just because of dehydration and not eating much – it was sliding by the end of the night. But I loved my dress and much prefer the zipper back and covered buttons to a corset.

Post # 9
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877 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I think a corset is a good choice if your proportions are not part of a typical size chart.  I chose to go that route because my boob, waist, and hip measurements are not proportional!  I figured that with a corset, there would be less need for alterations in those areas too.  In terms of wiggle room, I know that many corset dresses can fit one size larger or smaller (e.g size 10 can fit sizes 8-12).

Post # 10
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1418 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Yes, if you have different proportions than the typical sizing chart, the corset could be a good option for you.  My dress will have a corset back, and while I ordered it as close to my size as possible, I will be able to fluctuate about 10 lbs up or down without any problems fitting into my dress.  It will just be a matter of how open or closed the “v” on the corset is.  Another benefit to the corset is that some brides can lose minimal weight during the wedding due to not eating or drinking for extended periods of time and the dress can stretch a bit depending on the material, so a corset back offers your the option to tighten your dress up as the day progresses to prevent it from slipping down a bit.  Corsets tend to be more structured than zippered dresses (though this is not always the case – many zippered dresses have internal corsets or boning to help with the structure), but I won’t have to wear a bra with my dress (and I am a 34D!) so I am pretty pumped on that.  The only thing I would say with respect to a zippered back is that it offers a very clean line at the back, which I love, but for me the corset was on the dress I loved and I think it will work great for my body.

Post # 11
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306 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think it definitely allows wiggle room, and also ensures your “shape” is … highlighted (? I can’t think of the word I want… it’s late, lol).

I’m having mine altered from a zipper to a corset – I am also not proportionate (and I love my butt, thankyouverymuch!), but I chose it because I think it gives more wiggle room and ensures a great fit (and because I think ’tis pretty!). 

When I tried my dress on with the zipper it fit fine, but kind of made me look flat – it kind of evened out my curves, when looking from the side.  The corset will make sure it is pulled in more at my waist and at the small of my back, so I’ll look more like me 🙂

Post # 12
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268 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

My zip-back dress (blue by enzoani) allows for 1-2 dress sizes of wiggle room, because it has an internal strong elasticated corset that fastens with hooks and eyes, and has 3 settings, like a bra.

Between buying the dress and my first fitting, I dropped an entire dress size (3 inches off my initial measurements), and I needed no alterations at all – they just fastened the internal corset tighter. 

Basically, I think when I bought it I was at the upper limit of the dress, and now I’m sort of comfortably in the middle, but I think I could go a bit smaller and still fit in (although, realistically, I don’t think I’m getting any thinner in the next 2 weeks!) without any fear of it falling down. 

I was really surprised, because I thought zip-back dresses had no flexibility!

Post # 13
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348 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I originally wanted a corset back because I have a large chest and I wanted to make sure the dress was tight enough. The dress I ended up falling in love with would have looked terrible with a corset back though, so I stuck with the zipper. It ended up being perfectly fine, and I had my final fitting two weeks before the wedding, so I wasn’t worried about weight gain. The seamstress did an awesome job and the dress gave me amazing curves. Definitely no regrets here!

Post # 14
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251 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

My dress is a zipper back and this is what I would prefer since the corset back is not my style. I haven’t had a problem with it but I am the same size as I was when I ordered it and my weight does not fluctuate more than a few pounds.

Post # 15
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1068 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I prefer the look for the zipper back (I have a row of covered buttons down the back that I’m in love with). Based on the style of the dress, it’s very forgiving. Also, it has this pretty wide elastic band on the inside with hooks, like on a bar. It’s adjustable, so you can make it tighter or looser if you need to so that the dress stays put (it’s strapless). 

Also, I think that sometimes, corsets tend to push up your back fat because of the inherent tendency to tighten it. I don’t know if that would be a problem for you, but it was one of the factors that led me to the zipper!

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I dont really like the look of the corset dress – it reminds me of a shoelace. I had a zippered back and had no problem fitting into it but my weight doesnt fluctuate much at all. Also, the bra thing inside (I belive its called a stay) is AWESOME. Its this elastic band that comes from each side and what happens is you get zippered up a little bit then the band hooks in the back like a bra so that the dress doesnt move from your boobs and then you zip the rest of the way. Its awesome!

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