Post # 1
This past week my mother came into town to go dress shopping with me and…. I FOUND THE DRESS! I had my heart set on Maggie Sottero’s Bronwyn but it was slightly out of my budget so we stopped at David’s Bridal to check out what they had. I found this dress:
When I tried it on, I wasn’t so crazy about how it looked on me, but I liked it a lot so I decided to try it on again at the end of my appointment. I realized that the straps were what was bothering me, so I tucked them in and FELL IN LOVE! I now know what everyone means when they say “when you find the right one, you know”, because I instantly knew when I tucked those straps in. This is me in the dress (don’t mind my gut):
Now, the problem i’m having is finding a long line bra or bustier that has a low enough back for the dress! Any suggestions? I am wanting something that will flatten out my stomach a little. This is what the back looked like with the bra David’s Bridal provided:
Thank you all in advance for your help!
Post # 2
So glad you found a dress you love! It’s beautiful!
My only thoughts are these: Not all dresses are engineered with enough support in the bodice to be able to be worn strapless, so please be sure you discuss this with your seamstress in advance of purchasing the dress. The other thought I had is that I’ve seen other bees post that David’s Bridal does not allow its alterations department to in any way modify the design of the store’s dresses, so, you may need to find someone else to alter the gown to your specifications.
As for a long-line bra, you may want to check online resources such as barenecessities.com, bravissimo.com, and figleaves.com for basques and bustiers. Most sites have a bridal section.
Post # 3
Thank you for the websites, I will take a look at those.
Luckily this dress has a lot of boning and support in the bodice so that won’t be a problem. The straps on it are very thin and aren’t made for support so the bodice compensates for that.
I am also aware of their policy, I am having them do the alterations on the bodice and my mother, who is a seamstress, will be taking care of the straps after the alterations on the bodice are finished.
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2013 - Dalhousie Castle
If the dress already has a lot of boning you could just add cups then you could go without a bra, unless you want shaping underwear. I would definitely suggest not having it altered at DB. They costs are enormous!
Post # 5
I’m looking for something that shapes me. I’ve lost a lot of weight but am still self conscious and just want something that is going to hold my midsection in place, haha. I have the alterations appointment on the 22nd and the only thing that needs to be altered is the circumference of the bodice so hopefully it won’t be too expensive. If it is, i’m taking it somewhere else!
Post # 6
If you are just wanting a tummy smoother, shapewear like Spanx or Flexees might be more appropriate than a bustier.
Post # 7
That’s great that the bodice has all of the boning you’ll need and even better that your mother is a seamstress and will be able to perform the extra alterations! 🙂
Post # 8
I’ve actually been considering this, but I don’t know how comfortable I’ll be going bra-less. I think it depends on how tight the bodice is after it comes back from alterations.