(Closed) HATE strapless dresses… any way to make them more comfortable?

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I won’t speak from experience because I haven’t done this, but every place I have tried on dresses, the consultants have said that it is an easy alteration to add straps.  They have even gone as far as pulling pieces of fabric and using it as a “makeshift” strap to show me what it would look like.  I’m sure if you talk to whoever is altering your dress, they can give you some good suggestions. 

There are lots of pretty straps out there, slim beaded straps, lace capsleeves, you name it, i’m sure someone can fix it for you! I’m in the same boat as you, strapless dresses DO NOT stay up on me, so i’m hoping that when altered to fit my body, it won’t be as bad, but my backup plan is to add tiny beaded straps!

Post # 4
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256 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Sorry, I have no advice but I would like to say that I, too, hate strapless dresses!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

I was also told you can add straps to any strapless dress and shown options involving small cap sleeves but ultimately, I bought a dress that is not strapless so it was not an issue for me. Talk to your tailor, Iäm sure they can do something.

Post # 6
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248 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

It sounds like you don’t want to add sleeves? What about that double sided fashion tape, so you could stick it to you? I’ve never tried it so I don’t know how comfortable/long lasting (e.g. sweat-resistant) it is but could be worth a look.

Post # 7
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Busy bee

I’m not well endowed, so strapless always slips down on me. It’s so aggravating. I haven’t been gown shopping yet, so I’m not sure if bridal gowns have this, but i know that strapless bras sometimes have non-slip silicone edging. Perhaps you could ask the person who does alterations if this could be added?

Post # 8
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853 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

bras with silicon edging help as flip flop bride suggested. i’ve also known brides to add thin spaghetti straps to the dress. it doesn’t give you a ton of support but at least it stops it from slipping. i think if you get something w/ corseting, that will help too b/c it’ll hold your torso. if you sew your bra into your dress (or have a dress with built in support, it’ll be one less piece to fidget with, and if either piece fits you well, that should be fine.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

i have also ben told that alterations adding straps are no problem. Many of the dresses I have tried on actually have straps included with snaps on the inside of the dress. Have you tried on your dress already? Maybe your dress has this option.

Post # 10
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495 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

My Maid/Matron of Honor got married last year and fell in love with a lacy/beaded strapless dress, and since she had to have it hemmed, her seamstress made gorgeous lace cap sleeves out of the extra material.  I’d do that or any of the ideas above and that should definitely help! 🙂

Post # 11
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2007 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Actually, I wouldn’t worry about it at all.  I very strongly dislike normal strapless dresses because they usually don’t stay up on me and if they do, they look bad.  However, since wedding dresses are typically so structured they tend to stay up due to the support they get from your waist/hips.  The strapless dresses I tried on felt very secure and didn’t feel like they would shift at all. 

That said, it’s also very easy to add straps.

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

What @cait said…

I was mortally opposed to strapless dresses, and was only convinced to wear one when I learned about how the boning structure in the bodice is designed to keep the dress up.

I didn’t have to tug at mine once during the wedding… but when it was not fitting correctly, I tugged at it all the time.  I went to the seamstress and got an inch and a half taken in on each side, and lo and behold no need for the tug!

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