(Closed) Corsets – do or don’t

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I think corsets are more figure flattering. My gown does not have a corset back right now, but I am having one put in. I think that if the corset is done up correctly to begin with, loosening won’t be an issue. I don’t care corsets are dated or not. I am having one because I love the way they look and make me feel.

Post # 4
14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Oh goodness, that corset does not come loose, TRUST ME. I found them more comfortable and supportive than ANY other dress I could’ve had custom fit to my body, which is why i went that route. As far as dated, eh, i think you could point out ANY aspect of a wedding gown and say it’s dated technically.

They don’t come loose. They don’t untie and magically leave you nekkid. And those strands are irritating and I was told by the boutique they’re SUPPOSED to be tucked in and trimmed anyways.

Post # 5
1020 posts
Bumble bee

i think it really depends on which look (corset or zipper) more because, once alter properly, both will fit you well, so no need to worry about the corset becoming loose.

i personally preferred zippers with buttons because i find it more elegant. but it’s just a personal choice.


Post # 6
90 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I only looked at dresses that had corsett backs, in my opinion they give a much better shape.

I don’t think they’re dated at all, the majority of Maggie Sottero’s dresses have corsett backs. That lady has no idea what she is taking about!

Post # 7
6597 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I LOVE corset back dresses – I only wanted a corset when I went looking and someone told me they were dated too! But then you look online and see 100s of corset back dresses (and some designers ONLY do corsets) so dated my ass!

I love the fit of the corset and when done properly (a tight closure with a nice V and the strings tucked in I think it looks very elegant).

Only you can know what dress is right for you but I think you may have found your dress 😉

Post # 8
2829 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Loose? haha, no I think not. If anything, of all my friends I have had to lace up into wedding gowns, their complaint is that the corsets are too tight (when tied standing) and often need to be adjusted (slightly loosened) over the course of the day/night (i.e.: to make sitting at the reception dinner possible).


Go with what you love, support can always be figured out with bust boning, bras or sewn in cups.

Post # 9
135 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I am an encore bride and I can tell you that my first dress was a zipper back and it was fine thru the night.    My 2nd dress is a corset back and it fits perfectly.   I cannot believe how much more comfortable the corset  is than the zipper.

Post # 10
2 posts
  • Wedding: June 2010

     I just got married on June 5th. I had a corset and loved it. Believe me it did NOT come loose!  You tie it from the top down and then the strings you tuck in at the bottom. You never see them. Also, if you happen to put on a few pounds before the wedding (nerves) it will still fit perfect. It iwas also very figure flatering with my ballroom style gown. What you sound like is you are in love with the first gown. When you have that feeling that is the dress. As far as the corset I think you will end up loving it. Go with number 1.


Post # 11
572 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I was the exact opposite, I only wanted to look at dresses that had corset backs. When they are your size or even if they are a little too big or small they can adjust to your size and still look like they were made for you.  My dress recently came in and i put it on there is NO WAY that thing is coming off me let alone getting loose.  And the best thing is, is that because it’s so snug fitting, I wont have to continuously be pulling up my dress all night which as we all know is extremely annoying! haha

I think that a corset back is extremely figure flattering (it seems to give everything that extra “pull-in”) however, they take a little while to get into and once you’re in, you’re in. haha

I think that if you love dress #1 you should go with #1 🙂

Post # 12
2476 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

It’s just a matter of preference.  I personally did not look at corset backs because I don’t like the look of them– but that’s just me.  I love the look of satin buttons running down the back of a dress, so that’s what I kept my eye out for.  I loved my dress and it fit me like a glove… but I don’t expect everyone to like it.  Everyone has their own taste/style/preference.

Post # 13
9 posts
  • Wedding: July 2010

I was actually in the same boat when I was shopping for dresses.  I did not want a corset back dress; however, when I was trying on dresses I really liked how good I felt in them.  I’m not worried about my dress falling off, pulling up my dress while dancing or anything, plus I loved my dress so I decided to go for it. 

When I went for my alterations, my tailor asked me all kinds of questions about how I wanted the corset to look- bigger, smaller, square, in a V, etc.  I hadn’t thought about the options before she showed me while my dress was on. 

Post # 14
234 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Yes, corset backs will date. But so will strapless necklines, beaded lace, ruching, asymmetrical detailing, pickup skirts, and dozens of other details that are very popular right now. There’s no real way to know what will and won’t date well over the decades so try not to worry too much about it!

Post # 15
32 posts
  • Wedding: March 2011

I don’t think you could consider a corset back a “trend” or “dated.” They have been around longer than white wedding gowns. Corsets are the most classic look you could go with. But with that said, I think you should go with which looks best for your body type.

Post # 16
1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I loved the way corsets fit, but hate the look.  They are trendy and will eventually look dated.  However, almost every dress I tried on with a corset could be made with a zipper instead.  I would ask if dress #1 can be made with a zipper and/or zipper and button back.  If not, check out similar styles from manufacturers that will make the change.

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