(Closed) How does a strapless dress like this stay up?

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
573 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014


Enough boob to hold it up, not enough to require a bra?

Post # 3
449 posts
Helper bee

IME the dress tends to pull in at the waist, and so it will rest on the hips if gravity pulls it down a bit. It will never fall completely off. Many strapless dresses also have a sort of sticky or rubbery lining so that it doesn’t slide down the skin as much. It looks structured enough that you wouldn’t need a bra, though in this example it looks ill-fitting in the bust.

Post # 4
1987 posts
Buzzing bee

Doesn’t look fitted correctly if it’s poking out so far at the top. It should be more closely fitted to your boob so no one can just look down into the dress. It probably has some boning or structure to help keep it standing up, plus you can tape your boobs if needed. 

Post # 5
579 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Boning. Corsets work by sitting in your waist/hips so it can’t slide down. Cups should be altered to fit so they don’t stick out at the top. And you probably wouldn’t need a bra as a dress like that is likely quite structured to hold everything in. 

Post # 6
10274 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

That dress looks like it’s not fitted properly. The structure of the dress – usually boning – should hold the dress up. I had no problems with my strapless dress and none of my friends had issues with thiers either.

Post # 7
2710 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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XxJuliettexX :  it looks like you can see right in down the front of this dress and get an eye full of nipple. 😱

Post # 8
11050 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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XxJuliettexX : Agree with other PPs in that it doesn’t look like it’s been fitted properly. The inbuilt structure of the dress would mean it would stay up. You wouldn’t need a bra, cups are sewn in. 

Post # 9
10721 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

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XxJuliettexX : 

Don’t know if it is just the  pic, but it looks like cups are too big for the wearer and needed better fitting. The top should not gap out like that. 

Good fitting and boning and/or  built in cups is the way to go.  

Post # 10
8 posts
  • Wedding: August 2014

Strapless dresses are held up by the waist & hips; if they fit comfortably snug through that area, they should not fall down.  You can see that this dress is nice & snug through the bride’s waist, which is why it stays up.

The bust area is a whole other story.  I do bridal alterations, and I agree with the others here.  This dress was not fitted properly.  That is such a huge gap, even cups wouldn’t help… you would have to stuff like 3 sets of foam cups down there just to fill the extra space, which would look silly… The bust seams would need to be opened up & taken in, like completely re-contour the bust area to be smaller.  This would throw off the neckline, which would then also have to be re-shaped.  And it looks like there is possibly lace & beads that would have to be removed in order to do the work, and then all sewn back on by hand. 

If this bride consulted with a seamstress, my guess is either A) the seamstress was not experienced enough & did not want to tackle the bust area, so they said it could not be fixed, or B) the bride got the quote for all that work & opted not to do it.

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