(Closed) Strapless dress with big breasts?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Did you wear a strapless dress?

    Yes, and with alterations it was totally fine!

    Yes, but I wish I had straps

    No, but I wish I did!

    No, and I'm so happy I had straps

  • Post # 2
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2008

    I was 34DD when I married and I bought a strapless dress and had straps added by alterations. The bodices of strapless dresses tend to have more structure than other dresses, which is nice, and the straps gave me more confidence.

    Post # 3
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    Newbee

    I was a 30 DD at my wedding.  I was nervous about a strapless dress, but it went well.  I found a good seamstress who altered my dress to fit perfectly, and IMO it was flattering in my chest area.  (Way more flattering than when I tried on the sample in the store).

    I think it depends a LOT on how structured the dress is.  My dress was heavy satin with a built-in corset.  I spend good money on an excellent strapless bra and made sure my seamstress tailored the dress TIGHT around my waist/chest.  With other strapless dresses, I always have a problem with poor support (breasts look saggy) and the dress falling down.  It was no problem whatsoever with my wedding dress – for most people it is the most tailored garment you will ever wear.

    Post # 4
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2016

    I was a 32 DDD at our wedding. Going to buy my dress I was positive I didn’t want strapless. Guess who fell in love with a strapless dress 😉 I never wear strapless anything in real life but wedding dresses are completely different. It has much more structure than a regular dress and with alterations it was basically made to fit me. It fit like a glove after alterations. I was never worried about falling out of it or anything during my wedding. 

    Post # 5
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2018

    I am a 42 G and I have  bought a Strapless dress, It looks wonderful on me and I think with proper corseting on the back and the proper under garments it wont be a problem

    Post # 6
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 2016

    36D and I loved the way my strapless dress looked! I did have a fur over it most of the time but the dress stayed put through tons of walking and climbing around all day. 

    Post # 7
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    Helper bee

    Number one do you like the dress and the look that is important.  You may want an outsiders opinion – neutral  To be honest, most dresses have an ideal body type – and that is show in the ads and magazines.    Most of us are not model like.  It doesn’t mean you can’t wear the dress but it honestly will not look as aesthetically pleasing BUT it still may be beautiful and beautiful to and for you.  

     

    It is really awkward seeing a lady who is falling out of her dress, or her cups over floweth, appear sagging etc.   A well fitting/tailored dress is key.  Some tricks of trade including using medical tape tokepp the dress up and the breasts in place.  Another trick isfind a neckline that flattersyou – sometimes the dress is cut to low and you look like you are always on the verge of a fashiion malfunction or some other cuts really emphasizes the size of the breasts which may or may not I guess be your goal.  

     

    Good luck!

    Post # 8
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2017

    Im a 38JJ and the dress I fell in love with was strapless but I had straps added. Partly for support/security and partly because when there were no straps there was just so much skin showing that the straps made me look more “covered” – my girls are MASSIVE though!

    Post # 9
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    It can be done but you need an excellent seamstress. You also need to ensure the dress doesn’t also have a back that is too low to wear a well supporting strapless bra. There are threads started every other day by Bees who have a low back strapless dress and a large chest, and are in a panic tying to find a bra.

    Post # 10
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2017

    I’m a 36D and wore a strapless dress that had plenty of support built in. I did find myself instinctually wanting to pull up my dress even though I didn’t need to and I had to remind myself not to do that just out of reflex. I loved my dress and I’m glad that I chose it! I guess it really just comes down to your own comfort level!

    Post # 11
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

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    wandererbeeee :  I am a DD. My dress was strapless but because if all the corsetry and inbuilt cups I was able to go braless  in public for the first and last time since since I went through puberty. I tried a bra with my dress and it just looked weird. It pushed everything into the wrong location.

    I’ve never been able to wear a strapless bra for more than an hour. I just purchased the world’s best strapless bra from city chic. I wore it to a wedding all day and it stayed put and so did my boobs.If any  plus size bees are looking for strapless bra recommendations try them out!

     

     

    Post # 12
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2020 - New York, New York

    I personally don’t have big breasts, but I actually saw this play out on an episode of “Say Yes to the Dress”. The bride on the show initially did not want a strapless dress because she thought her boobs would dominate in that kind of style and she didn’t want them to draw that much attention. However, after the bride tried on a v-neck dress that showed a lot of cleavage, she agreed to try on a strapless dress. The neckline was straight across (or maybe a very slight dip, I can’t remember), definitely not sweetheart, and it was very flattering. There was a hint of cleavage, but not too much, and the bride on the show felt that her boobs were secure and ended up choosing that dress. Randy (one of the experienced consultants on the show) actually said that brides with large breasts tend to look better in the strapless style compared to women with small breasts, but often women with large breasts often avoid strapless because they don’t think it can support and flatter “the girls”. So I say, give strapless a shot! With a flattering neckline and good seamstress, you can definitely pull it off if that’s the style of dress you want. 

    Post # 13
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    Newbee

    Every larger busted lady I’ve seen in a Strapless wedding dress looked awkward. They were very constantly pulling it up, it was a ton of cleavage and it just looked sloppy. Plus since the dress had to be very tight to stay up, they all had back bulges.

    I’m busty and tried on some Strapless dresses and they weren’t good, now I steer clear. You said it yourself that it didn’t look flattering in the photos. 

    Post # 14
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise

    I am a 32 HH and I was DEAD SET against a strapless dress. Bras without straps are woefully inadequate in my experience and I just didnt even want to try. But, everything I tried with straps looked terrible and I was getting pretty disouraged. Then I came across the dress I bought. Which was OF COURSE strapless.

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    What I forgot is that a wedding dress is a very special garment. They put all kinds of boning and structure and reinforcement into the gown and even with all the extra weight on top, a strapless actually ended up being MUCH more flattering than anything I tried on with straps.

    That being said, I intend to wear a corset under my gown. As much for smoothing as lift and support. They sell them without cups and they’re completely adjustable with the lacing. It’s the only way I’ve ever felt truly comfortable in anything strapless (the 3-4 times in my life I had the guts) unless the dress was just SO tight it held them up itself.

    And remember, sometimes the larger issue is posture. When you are bigger breasted, there’s a tendency to roll your shoulders forward to either try to minimize the look of your bust, or the sheet weight of the ladies. My personal trainer told me to imagine I was trying to pinch a pencil between my shoulder blades and it instantly improved my silhouette. Less back pain overall, too. Unless your posture was uper erect in the photo you took, it might just be a matter of making sure you stand up straight to solve the issue.

    Post # 15
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    I was, and still am, a 34DD and I had strapless at my first wedding and had no problems. There was a lot of good boning in my dress and I wore a well fitting strapless bra and never gave the matter any more thought. It will probably depend on the style, make and quality of the dress how well it suits your particular build (I had a Maggie Sottero Gabor) but definitely Don’t rule it out just because of busy size. Happy hunting! 

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