(Closed) Lace up vs. zip up back

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
294 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

That is such a pretty dress!!!! I like the way the lace up looks, but it may b a little difficult to get off after the wedding, unless you have some help.

Post # 4
156 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I love the style of the dress, but I would choose the zip up back because it just looks much cleaner than the lace up back.

Post # 5
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2001

I like the Austin dress with the zip up back the best. Both are beautiful but I find the bodice work and the way the fabric is draped in a more interesting fashion with the first. I feel like I’ve seen the Avery many times before.

Post # 6
69 posts
Worker bee

I like the look of the zip/buttons better! It fits the look of the rest of the dress better, I think.

Post # 7
52 posts
Worker bee

I love them both.  I know that’s not the answer you wanted. 

Depends on what YOU want for your style and budget.  Style-wise they are both equally beautiful…which did you feel the best in?  Do you have someone that can learn to lace it up…and do a real neat job at it?  Budget-wise, Austin looks like it’s more expensive and would cost more for alterations, whereas Avery is looks a little less expensive and would be a little cheaper for alterations as the lace up back is a little more forgiving.  I love lace up backs, just in their look alone, but I may be a little bias considering mine has one.  As far as getting it off, I’m sure that will not be a problem….I’m sure you’re new hubby will be eager to help with that!

Post # 8
88 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

gorgeous dress! i prefer the zip up, but either way, the dress is still beautiful 🙂

Post # 9
2004 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I prefer the zip-up back with buttons as well. The buttons make a very clean line. However, the lace-up back one is also beautiful. The lace-up makes me think more of a rennaissance-style dress, more magical and ethereal, whereas the line of buttons make me think more regal and elegant.

Post # 10
17 posts
  • Wedding: May 2009

Both dresses are beautiful…but I prefer the laceup.  I love the way they look.  And there is also the added bonus that you don’t need to worry about the dress fitting on the day of the wedding.  Almost everyone I know that has gotten married has either eaten continuously just before the wedding or ate like a bird because they were so stressed, but with a lace up this doesn’t cause a problem.  A lace up might be good too if you get bloated or have the magical inflateable breasts around your period. 


I also found that I felt less worried about my dress falling off when i tried on the lace ups.  I felt uncomfortable in strapless dresses that zipped up because they didn’t feel as secure as the lace ups.  Although proper fit in the zip up would probably make this less of a problem.

Do the buttons go down far enough that you would be sitting on them?  My mom steered me repeatedly away from buttons because she said they would hurt to sit on for more than 5 minutes.

I chose my dress because after they laced me in I jumped around a bit and bent over and moved around a lot and the dress didn’t move.  I looked like a maniac, but that’s okay.

THey are both lovely dresses.  Either one would be a great choice.   

Post # 11
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

I like the buttons personally – more classic to me.  I think the lace up is cool, but for some reason it always makes me think of a corset.  I think this dress calls for buttons!!

Post # 12
122 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I love the lace up back (I’m a huge fan of most of the "Blue" dresses as well).  It’s something about the femininity of the laceup that I think is just beautiful.  I do think that the fit can be better with that as well- but I’m very early in my dress shopping.  I do find myself a little disappointed when I see dresses that I like but that don’t have lace up.  Ultimately, I think it’s just a matter of preference bc both dresses are beautiful.  Go with what is most comfortable and which one you tend to lean towards more.  Good luck!!

Post # 13
66 posts
Worker bee

Love the lace up~  I maybe biased bc I have a lace up dress, but seriously, the lace up is sooo much more comfy than zip up.  All my friends that had zip either had dresses that were a bit loose a bit tight depending on their weight fluctuation before their wedding date.  WIth the lace up, there is no worry for that, bc it’ll fit PERFECTLY either way.  And it adds such pretty details to the dress itself.

I tried on both dresses too and I really liked the lace up one.  I ended up going with with a similar magge sottero dress bc it was a bit more cheaper for a similar look.

Either way, both dresses are beautiful and will make you a stunning bride!  Good luck~ =)

Post # 14
244 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

personally i prefer the buttons for the classic look.  I’ve always associated lace up dresses with low end/cheaper dresses.  I wouldn’t worry too much about the whole loose/tight dress on your wedding day. I don’t think that is as common as some people think, especially if you have your final fitting closer to your wedding date.  Mine fit perfectly. 

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