(Closed) Lift Weights/CrossFit….I love my arms, but strapless won't do!

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
3246 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

BOSOXfan07:  Congratulations on getting engaged!

Would you consider a dress with straps or cap sleeves? Straps will break up the impression of lots of shoulder and I think are way prettier than strapless dresses. 

Look up a Queen Anne or jewel neckline. It is very pretty and because it has interesting lines around the neckline and shoulders, it might be just the thing for you.

Post # 3
2511 posts
Sugar bee


BOSOXfan07:  First of all, I’m sure you look fab!

Second of all, maybe just train your upper body with only body weight resistance up until the wedding (like pushups, pullups – without weights) then maybe they’ll kind of soften out but you won’t have to  “let them go” by not working them out?

Post # 4
521 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I think an off-the-shoulder look would be perfect.  I by nature have broad shoulders (I only wish my arms were as awesome as it sounds like yours are!), and this has a very nice effect on my upper body. 

Post # 5
9548 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

First, don’t give up your rockin strong body to wear a certain kind of dress!! While strappless is popular, there are lots of options that have straps/sleees and it’s fairly easy to add straps to a strapless, if you find one that you love! Straps were actually a requirement for me as well and while it wasn’t always easy, I found a dress with straps that I loved!

Post # 6
232 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Backyard

Congrats on the engagement and on creating a strong body you are proud of! I have no thoughts on dresses, as I can’t even really dress myself. I just wanted to give you a high five for kicking *ss.

Post # 8
2977 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Keyhole/cap sleeve lace dresses are beautiful, feminine, and fit right in with your theme. Think Bronwyn by Maggie S. 

V-neck tank style straps, depending where they sit can also be very flattering. 

That said, it all depends on the dress. I’ve tried on strapless that I’ve loved and I’ve tried on strapless that made me feel like a linebacker. 

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 7 months ago by  MrsWhitneyC2015. Reason: Additional thought after posting
Post # 9
92 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

BOSOXfan07:  I do aerial fabric training and my arms are pretty buff, too. Probably not anywhere near “deploying with an elite force” buff, but definitely not thin and feminine. This is my dress. I think something similar would probably work for you – Sleeves (or at least enough sleeve to narrow your shoulders a bit), and an interesting neckline to take away from your arms. 


Post # 11
92 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

BOSOXfan07:  Thank you! I didn’t want a fit/flare at ALL when I first started shopping. When I started trying on the “flowy” type dresses I originally wanted, I wasn’t really feeling it, so I started trying on other dresses (kind of out of boredom, honestly). When I put this on I think my eyes bugged out of my head. There is something about having a muscular body and showing off the curves (especially in the butt region) that really made me feel hot and like I looked great, but still bridal, since the bottom is boofy and lacy.

At least try one on! I hated them until I did! 

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