(Closed) NON Strapless – Do they even exist? Where?!

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Don’t lose hope! It’s actually quite simple to alter most strapless dresses to add sleeves, a halter, or whatever you want. I was dead-set on adding a halter to anything I bought, to the point where I kept a piece of fabric in hand at the salon so I could see what each dress would look like once I made that alteration. Of course, I didn’t end up doing that and went with strapless … but such is the nature of the dress search 🙂

So if you find a dress you love that happens to be strapless, just find a good seamstress and it’ll be the dress of your dreams in no time!!!  This is what I wanted to add to any dress I bought. Would have been very easy!

Post # 4
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Honey bee

You can add straps to almost any dress. I too was looking for a dress with straps, and about 90% of the ones that I tried on were strapless. The dress shop usually has cap sleeves or straps as an example, so you can see how it will look.

EDIT: I ended up with a v-neck dress with straps. It’s Casablanca and Im having the shape of it altered slightly. The designer only charged $75 to make this change 🙂
 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’ve got psoriasis and sleeves are a must for me.  I ended up buying a vintage gown pattern that was uncut and my mom is making it.  I think that sleeves may be returning.  People had 2 celeb weddings in less than a month where the bride wore sleeves.  But I think it will be a while before they make a full come back.  Unfortunately.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

You will definitely find something, it just may take more time. You might have better luck, too, looking for alternatives to the usual bridal shop for finding your gown.

Preowedweddingdresses has an advanced search tool that lets you refine your search by your street size and style preferences. Go under “Find a Dress” and select “Advanced Search.” Put in your parameters (you can search a range of sizes and click multiple boxes in each category.) Be sure to select both “Sleeve Style” and “Neckline” preferences to weed out all of the strapless ones. BAM! You’ll probably see several hundred gowns, with sleeves, in your size, at a significant savings off retail. You can also search a few sizes above your street size to find something that you could alter to fit yourself. (It’s easier to size a dress down than up. No matter what, though, you only want to change a gown by a few sizes when you alter it, if possible. Really drastic size changes can make it tough to preserve the shape, the lines, the proportions, detailing, etc.)

I also had good luck finding my sleeved gown at a Brides Against Breast Cancer event. They seemed to have more diverse styles than what’s in the bridal shops. The downside is that they, like the website, have what they have and if you find something awesome in the wrong size, you either need to figure out a way to alter it or move on to other options. I found something fantastic, though, with beautiful sleeves, that fit me perfectly, and I loved the experience of searching for my gown there, in the company of my mom and with all the lovely volunteers at the event.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

Another alterations tip, if you end up with a strapless and want to add straps or sleeves: if you’re uncertain about how it will look, ask your seamstress to do a mock-up in an inexpensive fabric (calico, cheap tulle, etc.) and pin it in place so that you can try on the gown and see how the neckline, etc., looks on you, before pulling the trigger and having her do the actual sleeves in the real fabric and sewing them on. It’s a little extra time and money, but worth the peace of mind you’ll have about whether you’ll like the final outcome.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My dress is a halter, I knew I didn’t want strapless. I got lucky and it was the 4th dress I tried on.  I agree, almost all dresses seem to be strapless.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2016

I have a half a sleeve lol

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2016

I was pretty tired of trying on strapless and gave this a whirl. They had the VW strapless version but it did not wow me at all! I was just like I feel like I have seen this before and was bored with it!

Post # 11
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Newbee

It took me a long time to find the non-strapless dress I wanted. I felt that a dress that already had straps would hold my boobs in better than a dress that had sleeves added to it. I ended up with a Casablana dress but I also found that Maggie Sottero and Allure had several non-strapless choices too. Don’t give up!!!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

Pronovias has a lot of non-strapless gowns. Case and point: mine! 🙂

 

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Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I went to the salon and said “I want straps” I tried on 5 dresses- all had straps this is what I ended up with (granted it’s a low v-neck)

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@cherryblossomlove:  Not to threadjack, but, what happened to your NEW DB B&W dress??!! I thought you had finally settled on that one and were thrilled that you had found it again?!?!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

 

Mine is from DB and has straps.

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Kate0558:  Holy crap, come to Utah where it’s hard to find a strapless dress period.  Mormons dress very modestly so every wedding gown I could find in my home town was a sleeved gown, not long sleeves, but capped sleeves.

 

Here is one link to a store in my town:

http://petalsandpromisesbridal.com/mgown.html

 

The brands are Allure and Venus Bridals mostly.  Venus Bridals are pretty budget friendly.

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