(Closed) Do strapless dresses REALLY stay up?

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
18628 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

My dress had boning in the top of the dress so it sat on my hips.  I think that any dress that doesn’t have some type of boning would be like a tube top and would need to be yanked up constantly to keep it on.

Post # 4
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

It probably depends a bit on your body shape, on the weight of the gown, and what kind of boning and other re-inforcements it might have.

My gown, a lace mermaid-esque gown with beading and chapel train, was pretty heavy. My seamstress altered it very well, and put in a thick elastic strap that hit right above my waist as extra support.  It had boning just from the waist up.  I didn’t feel like I had to pull the gown up or adjust it very often at all.  I had to remember not to slouch, though, since that caused it to slide a bit.

Post # 5
6593 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

My corset-top dress didn’t budge all night but it was lace-up and did have boning. I don’t know whether or not a dress with less structure will stay up on its own!?!?

Post # 7
605 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I originally didn’t want a strapless gown because I was so sure it’d fall down. Mine was a corset-back with boning and was tied tightly (as the seamstess showed us) and didn’t slip even one little bit. I felt completely confident in it all night. I’m short and pretty tiny with not much of a chest. My dress was not heavy (no train, beading, etc. to weigh it down) which I think helped. I thought about buying double-sided tape just in case, but it was 100% unnecessary. Good luck!

Post # 8
2777 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

My A-line strapless dress slipped down all of 2cm over the course of the day BUT I was running around like a madwoman for a lot of it and I didn’t get alterations done and randomly lost weight in the week before the wedding so it was a teeny bit too big anyways on my top half. I glued myself in with lingerie tape and it worked fine.

Post # 9
277 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I was dead set against having a strapless gown but some how ended up with one.  Anyway I didn’t mess with it once…although mine had boning and fit perfect…no tugging at all. 

Post # 10
2194 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Just wondering why you hate boning?  If your dress fits properly, then you shouldn’t even be able to feel or see the boning.  It just adds structure and support to the bodice of your dress.

Post # 11
1801 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I would think the tied sash could help hold your dress up.  I had boning in the top of my dress, so it fit similar to what @MissAsB described.  I never once pulled it up.

Post # 12
1568 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

Mine did fine. It had boning as well as two different cinch straps inside.

Post # 13
2702 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

mine stayed put all day/night, it had boning a corset back and built in cups…

Post # 14
4544 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Mine stayed up without a problem. Worth all the alterations and $$!

Post # 15
42 posts
  • Wedding: March 2010

Normally, I’m the biggest baby with strapless dresses/tops, but my dress fit so well (without boning) that I had no issues all day or night.  So it can be done!

Post # 16
3613 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

My mermaid Lazaro was a total project in alterations. It was too big and was so heavy there was no way that thing was going to stay up on its own. We tried adding straps but I was getting bruises on my shoulders from the weight so they had to come off. Finally we added boning, a safety belt inside that goes around the waist, and a modesty panel to the chest because it was still sitting too low. After all that it held perfectly. Amazingly I never felt the weight of the dress on me because it clung to me just right.

My a-line reception dress didn’t have boning or bra cups and it slipped really bad. I think it was because the breast cups were too small for my D-cup chest. They made the top so tight to prevent any accidents I couldn’t breath, and yet my boobs were still desperately trying to break free. I almost had a wardrobe malfunction during our first dance.

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