Post # 17
That dress is gorgeous, such beautiful detail. I also suffer from that ugly chunk of fat in the armpit…grossness. I’m doing the Jillian Michaels 30 day shred and it really helps I’ve noticed a big difference in my upper body. Personally I wouldn’t add straps, it would take away from the pretty summer vibe it has.
Post # 18
@miss.skinner – wow! Love that dress too! Coincidentally, I was torn between the James Clifford dress J1800 and a Casablanca 1955, which is VERY similar to what you referenced….
Truth be told, I ordered the James Clifford in ivory, i believe their website shows it in white. My wedding is daytime in a garden setting, and the viney-lace pattern just seemed to fit more with that setting. The photo doesn’t do it justice, as you cannot see the random sparkles and also there are appliqued tiny white tulle flowers that appear 3-D – they remind me of Stephanotis flowers. Plus I loved that the lace pattern was not the usual “rose” pattern.
I appreciate all the Bees input!
Post # 19
I was very adament about straps when I started looking for my gown; however, the one I picked is strapless. I am going to have the seamstress make me a lace bolero for when I want to be covered.
I would not put halter straps on the gown that you are showing us. I think it would make the gown look matronly.
Post # 20
I also went out shopping knowing that I did not want a strapless dress. I don’t like strapless on myself, but also just don’t understand the idea that ALL wedding dresses have to be strapless. I agree that you should keep looking for a dress that is meant to have straps. I was happily surprised to find several really beautiful one-shoulder styles out there! Would that be a possibility for you??
Post # 21
I really have to differ with everyone here. I totally think you could add a thin (1inch) strap to make this a halter. I think there are kind of two kinds of halter and I”m not sure which you are really talking about.
The first type of halter is more just a thin strap added to each corner and then around the heck. Not really a full halter, but more like spaghetti strap that goes around the neck rather than over the shoulder.
The second type I would say, is the true full halter. It is fuller and I think much harder to add to a straight across the chest style dress. I think these types of halter have to be done as part of the original dress and be with a v neck.
Post # 22
@caszos – thank you, thank you, thank you ! You nailed it!
Originally I did want a “true, full halter” style, but i fell in love with the details of the dress I ended up buying in lieu of finding that true halter style. My dress has arrived at the bridal shop and will be trying it on in the next week or two, and will definitely ask the seamtress about a thin 1-inch strap. No matter what I end up doing with the dress, I know it will turn out beautiful. Thanks for your support!
Post # 23
I finally got my pictures in of what I am going to try to do with a strap to make it halter.
You can see in these two that it is a strapless dress but I am going to try to add a strap similar to this.
Hope it helps!
Also, I tried on this dress at Davids this weekend which had a true 1 inch strap and a similar neckline and it looked really nice.
Post # 24
I think the halter strap addition is a beautiful modification!
I, too, was trying to stay away from strapless dresses, if only because 4 out of 4 of my last family weddings had brides in strapless dresses. I’ve got broader swimming shoulders that are much more attractive when my torso is *not* cut in half with a strapless dress. I wanted there to be something else going on up there, that doesn’t cover me up too much. The standard halter (v-neck with bodice going up to behind the neck) actually can be hard to do right–sometimes they cover up too much in my opinion. But… I also fell for a strapless gown, and now I’m looking for ways to simply modify.
Here are a few other images I’ve found that may give you inspiration:
from catandmark at projectwedding.com:
from champagnecholly at projectwedding.com
Here’s my dress that I want to add straps to (and want to make it convertible so that the bottom lace part can be removable for dancing)! Thougts?
Post # 25
I could see it with a LACE or BEADED halter.. anything else would seem a little off with the dress. I know – too much of the dress selection out there is strapless.
Post # 26
I don’t like halter for that dress either. Have you considered a one strap across the dress? SOmething along the lines of this
Post # 27
I could see it with a lace halter!
Post # 28
What about adding in some delicate capped sleeves? It would cover your shoulders, but would still have a delicate feel to it. I think that would work better than a halter for this particular dress, and it’s also super easy for a seamstress to add!
Post # 29
caszos.. I tried on that same dress. It’s beautiful, but I wasn’t looking for anything with beading, so it was a little too much for me, but it is soooo flattering!
Post # 30
Thank you for your suggestions! I was thinking of adding a lace applique like the woman did at projectwedding.com, but if I can’t get a similar lace pattern with the beading I’m wondering, will look odd? I may have to add the beads myself. Then again, if I did a chiffon strap it may seem too “fake.” The dress is Alfred Sung–other than ebay, does anyone know where to try and find good matches for lace?
About the one strap–my mom’s not a huge fan of the asymetric look. I’m also having a fairly traditional-looking wedding (cute tiny chapel in a small town in iowa) and I think the one strap across the front may not create the image I’m looking for…
Post # 31
I found an amazing seamstress who made my strapless dress into a halter (among other modifications). She took in quite a bit since it was several sizes too big, and used the extra beading to decorate the halter. The fabric used in the strap was a scrap from her studio.
What do you think?
Thanks Janna for taking the pic!