Spanks for a backless dress?

posted 4 months ago in Dress
Post # 2
91 posts
Worker bee
Post # 3
272 posts
Helper bee

My seamstress had me buy the commando “bike shorts” and then was able to cut down the shapwear to match the lines of of backless gown.  It needs to be the commando brand, as the way they are made/fabric will not unravel nor will the garment lose its shape. It worked perfectly!

Post # 4
6445 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

I’m confused. There was just a post yesterday with a picture of a gown that was backless and sheer down the sides asking about shape wear. When it was proposed that the dress would not work with shape wear and perhaps a person who wanted shape wear should have chosen a different style, the OP got angry and closed the post.

If the gown looks the way the other one did, there is almost no alternative but to fill in the back and sides. Anything that will help with a tummy needs something to pull against, and that’s usually the back. 

Post # 5
4499 posts
Honey bee

Find a dress that either hides your stomach or allows you to wear spanx.  With an x.  Cause the either kind won’t do anything for your stomach.

Or be confident in your body.

That’s pretty much it.

Post # 6
8321 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

echomomm :  

I’m glad you said this ,I was thinking, why buy a backless sheer-sided dress and then expect it to  perform like a corset…… 

Post # 7
812 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2020

echomomm :  I believe the dress in the other post wasn’t totally backless, but the same advice still applies. I suggested trying capri-length shapewear to hide to the leg opening, but the issue of the waistband remains.

FWIW, my dress has a very low illusion back, and I wore these boyshorts in the photos below without them showing. They provide a bit of smoothing and don’t show panty lines, but they don’t provide a ton of compression. I agree with PP that you can’t expect corset compression with an open backed dress. 

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Post # 8
1083 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

girlfriendphd :  off topic but damn girl you look amazing in that dress!

Post # 9
55 posts
Worker bee

I have a backless and illusion dress that cuts pretty far down my back. I got some low rise tummy control spanx (just the kind that suck in the lower pooch) but they showed slightly at the bottom of my back. i got real nifty and I sewed the back part down so that they sucked me in at the front and were lower in the back! haha

Post # 10
3741 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

I have a similar issue. The fabric of my dress isnt super thick, so I need something smothing to wear underneath but the back is illusion and too low cut for my normal spanx. I think I’ll try what georgiapeach13  suggested & alter a pair of tummy control shorts of some kind. I dont want them to be too tight on the day anyways, since I want to be comfortable. I hae a pair of really comfy lululemon bike shorts that I usually use for this kind of thing but theyre black and will show through my dress. Hoping to find something similar. I’m going to look into the commando ones a PP suggested!

sbl99 :  I was just thinking the same thing! 

girlfriendphd :  Did you buy this dress? It’s AMAZING on you!


Post # 11
812 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2020

sbl99 :  Charliejeorge :  Thank you! Yes, this is my actual dress.

georgiapeach13 :  Did you sew the back to itself or to the dress? I’ve been considering if I should find a way to attach the back of the shorts to my dress so they don’t ride up. 

Post # 12
4532 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

 brookeee16 :   looks hell uncomfortable but maybe something like this??

Or you could do what people do with their boobs to create lift and support…. Use tape to suck in and flatten your stomach. 

Post # 14
72 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2019

I have the exact same issue. Low back dress and a small pooch I’m worried I may not get rid of in time. The spanx manylovesbee1 suggested didn’t do a whole lot for me, seemed like they were more for smoothing than holding in. I might look at commando shorts that the PP suggested, but I’m leaning towards just not worrying about it! We’ll have so much more fun if we’re comfortable. Good luck!

Post # 15
197 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2019 - Vineyard in Italy

I have the same issue. I wanted something to cinch my waist for my ceremony dress, but the back is a deep v. I saw the “suit your fancy” spanx yesterday at Nordstrom, and it seems like it provides a suuuper light compression. 

I got one from hauteflair. While it doesn’t work for me, because it goes by cup size (and the one in my cup size fits me too large on the waist), it might work very well for other people. It’s boned in the front and the compression is a lot better.


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