Post # 1
Hello! I have a few questions about my dress that I purchased for my wedding so thanks in advance for reading this. So, my dress is strapless but I also got a topper to go over it because I have really broad shoulders and I really didn’t want strapless. The topper sort of looks like there is a sash attached to it and it ties in the back (as you can see from the pictures). I really want some sort of bling (like in the third picture) but I don’t want a separate sash. That leads me to my first question:
Has anyone attached some sort of sequin like thing to a sash successfully? Or, alternatively, does anyone know of how much something like this would cost for a seamstress to do? The other option is finding something on ETSY… I’m just not sure what to search for. I’ve searched for brooches, but those are really small and I can’t seem to find anything without it already being a sash.
My second question is about how it looks strapless. I have really broad shoulders, like I said before. But looking back, I don’t think it looks too bad without the topper. I’m thinking of wearing it strapless after the ceremony. Just looking for opinions on this. Honesty is appreciated.
My last question is about the dress itself. I never imagined myself in something so form fitting. I thought I was going to get something flowy. What are you opinions on how it looks?
Thanks for taking the time to read this!!!
Post # 2
You look gorgeous! The dress is so elegant and classic. You only posted one photo without the topper and it’s sort of hard to tell from just that picture, but I honestly think I like the dress better without the topper! It really looks stunning on you!
Could you wear the topper for the ceremony and then take the topper off and put on a glitzy belt for the reception?
You could also go for some crystal jewelry. I think a bracelet would look lovely!
Post # 3
The dress looks gorgeous both ways but remember YOU have to be comfortable in it. You do have striking shoulders but to me, they only highlight your nice figure so that isn’t something you should be self conscious about. BUT if you feel uncomfortable, wear the topper for the evening because it does look lovely. Like the PP said, a blingy bracelet (and earrings) would really pop with this classic dress.
Post # 4
My Maid/Matron of Honor sent me a link on DIY belts when I was looking at a dress that needed one. (In the end I didn’t get a dress that needed a belt, but thanks to trusty Facebook, I still had the link!)
Here’s the DIY Link:
On that site, the girl references a site called shinetrim where she got the applique to make her belt. Maybe this will help!
Post # 5
- Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California
I love the topper with your dress!
Could a seamstress remove the tie from your topper & make it a clasp or something, then you could add almost any belt! I think going to a seamstress would be worth the money though for sure!
Post # 6
I am a huge fan of that lace topper, but I think especially with how the ‘v’ in the back overlays the back of your dress makes it obvious that it is an added jacket versus an integral part of the dress. I really don’t think you need it with the dress, and at least from these pictures, I don’t think anyone is going to look at you in your gown and think that your shoulders look broad. If you wanted to forgo the topper altogether, could you look into getting thin straps attached to make yourself more comfortable with the idea of strapless? I think thin, blingy straps could look nice with it. Otherwise, I think the idea of maybe wearing the topper just for the ceremony and ditching it for the reception would work well and give you the ability to play with the look more.
Post # 7
- Wedding: September 2015 - Edinburgh
I think you look absolutely amazing in that dress. Love the bow at the back of the topper. I also have quite broad shoulders and am rocking the strapless look, so I say go for it!
As for your question about sequinny things, I would look on etsy for appliques. They’re already sewn into shapes/patterns and you can get beaded or sequin or just lace ones. My friend bought one and sewed it to a ribbon as her headpiece and it looked gorgeous, so I’m sure a seamstress would be able to attach one for you. Just make sure you read the measurements carefully!
Post # 8
Thanks for the link. I’ll take a look at the tutorial later on.
That’s a really great idea too and I fee like it wouldn’t be that difficult.
Thank you all for your kind words. I really love the dress, but it’s nice getting some opinions of people other than friends and family!
Post # 9
i think you look amazing! but if you really want the topper and the bling, maybe find a way to remove the sash bit and add a blinged out belt to the topper?
Post # 10
I have no actual helpful advice. Just here to say I think you look gorgeous and that I think you look better without the topper at all. Weird because I’m normally pro-topper, but you look stunning without it. Regardless, you’ll look fantastic either way.
Post # 11
I like the topper, but not so keen on the blingy belt. Everyone has an opinion eh? Do what feels good to you!
Post # 12
Is that the Marnie topper from BHLDN? It’s nice to see what that looks like on a real person. I think it looks great on you both ways. If you decide you want the topper and the sash, I’d take it to a seamstress and see if they can replace the wide sash that is already attached with a sparkly sash. Also, while I like the idea of a sash with this dress, I don’t love the one in the picture.
Post # 13
I know at the local craft store here they have rhinestone appliqués they sell that people use to sew on sashes. They’re like 15 bucks and look good. They’re David Tutera (sp?) Brand so they should be available nationwide.
Post # 14
I think what you need is an embelished applique either on a peice of lace that you can stitch onto your sash or on netting. I am sure you could find something on etsy or a seller who could make you something.
Post # 15
- Wedding: September 2015 - Villa Christina
I think it looks great without the topper and with the rhinestone belt. You don’t look broad at all. You look amazing!!!!!!