(Closed) dresses that still look good bustled

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

What do you consider a dress which looks bad bustled, and what do you consider a dress which looks good bustled?  Can you show us pictures?  I don’t think there are many dresses with trains that inherently look bad when bustled.  It just depends on the type of bustle used and how well the bustle is done.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

You might want to rethink your language and the fact that it might offend a lot of people on a public forum like this.  you might get more responses.

Post # 6
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Busy bee

I don’t think anything you said is offensive, nor should it be. Busteling a dress is always difficult. And there are sooooo many bee’s who post questions about how to make a dress look good bustled. I love the Mae dress by the way, that’s one of my top contenders right now!! I really want to see it bustled too.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@NYshoppingirl: Just to avoid further confusion–the OP actually edited her original post, she had initially used a word which is commonly used but often considered offensive.  

Pat291: I’m still not sure I see what you mean about bustles looking good or not good.  The two dresses you posted are very different.  Have you tried them on and seen each of them bustled?  Have you read about the different types of bustles?  Your best bet is to learn about those, then go out and try on dresses till you decide which sorts of dresses you definitely like.  With your newfound knowledge of bustles, you could experiment with the sorts of dresses you find that you like the looks of, and see how they can be bustled and if you like the way they look bustled.  The bustle is something that changes and isn’t integral to the dress.  I can understand being concerned about the way your dress looks when it is bustled, but the most important thing really is that all the other permanent details make you happy.  You can always play with the bustle.

Post # 8
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Busy bee

I’ve seen plenty of dresses that don’t look good bustled. There is just some fabric that hangs funny…and it is a major concern for plenty of brides. Afterall, the majority of the wedding day your dress is bustled, generally speaking. With how detail oriented a lot of us are, concerning the wedding, to have a dress that looks funny or strange after being bustled would feel really bad. Some people may not care about every detail or think other things are more important for them, but if this is important to you definitly try on dresses that you think will look good bustled and have the wedding shop show you an example of how it would look bustled.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I honestly don’t think there is a dress with a long train that looks *inherently* bad when bustled.  All fabrics can successfully be bustled.  If you don’t like the way some look, that’s a personal preference, and I agree that it is important to be satisfied with every element of your dress.  But you can change bustles.  There may only be a few major ways to bustle a dress, but the possibilities are actually endless.  The key might be for OP to find a type of bustle she likes a lot, and then see how that works with dresses she likes.  Since she posted two very different dresses and seems to be new to the wedding dress world, it seems practical for her to first figure out all her other preferences (or if she recognizes that she does not like the way a certain fabric type or train style looks when bustled, in any sort of bustle), then play with the bustle.

(Trust me, I know how frustrating it can be to try to get all the details right…I’ve spent the last eight months trying on a million dresses.  When I realized that none were right, I decided to custom design and currently have a pencil in my mouth as I sketch out my dress!  )

Post # 11
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Busy bee

If you happen to find any pics of the Mae dress bustled PLEASE post them here!! I’ve been dying to see what it looks like too. That train is sooo beautiful down though…if I love that dress it’s going to be hard to not choose it if the bustle doesn’t look good, but I have to say that would completly keep me from buying the dress. I have confidence that you will find something beautiful pat291! Just look in the recaps section on the hive and look at all the beautiful gowns bee’s have had bustled. There’s some great ideas there. Happy hunting!!

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

The thing with bustles is there are so many ways to do them, depending on your dressmaker, or seamstress they can all look completely different.  This is my dress which I am having a bustle put into.

 

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Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper

I think a lot of it depends on how you bustle each dress. I am personally not a big fan of the American style bustle, where it’s pinned up in one spot on the tail bone – looks a little too much like a tail to me 🙂

French bustling is a totally different look though.

If you really don’t like the look of bustles, consider having the train taken off your dress during alterations, or look into a hidden bustle like Mrs. Cola’s, shown in her post here: http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/07/29/bridal-emergency-bag/

Post # 14
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Busy bee

Bustling also depends a lot on the fabric type and weight.  Some fabrics drape much better (prettier) than others.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I will say, I got a different dress (the dress I should have chosen first) because of the bustle. I also saw an episode of SYTTD where a girl had bought a dress, still had this other dress on her mine, went back to try it on, and after seeing the bustle realized she liked the other better.

I def. think it’s something to take into consideration, as the PP is right, your dress is bustled the majority of your day. 

That being said, a lot of dresses can be bustled many ways… my original dress couldn’t. We pretty much had one option and I hated it. 

The more layers and design elements to the train, the more you’ll be limited. When you try on a dress, ask to have the seamstress show you the bustle, before you buy. If you don’t like it, move on. But don’t discount a dress in “theories” or “thoughts.” Dresses online and on others look completely different then they will on you. It’s best to try on a lot of styles and dress, ask to see the bustles, and go from there… 

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