(Closed) Straps or No Straps?

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
4106 posts
Honey bee

It’s a truly lovely dress but I feel the straps add nothing. I prefer it without them. I’d be inclined to add a petticoat underneath just to give the skirt a wee bit more definition and perhaps take a whisker off the length (or put on some higher heels) but you honestly look very lovely in that dress and it doesn’t need much at all.  If you want more a defined bustline then a good longline underwired bra may achieve that. You look very “fresh”, very lovely in that dress and I love that you wear the dress . It doesn’t “wear” you.

Post # 4
3228 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I prefer it without but if you are more comfortable with them. It looks fine both ways.

Post # 5
3313 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: City, State

With straps 

Post # 6
67 posts
Worker bee

with straps imo. Also, maybe raising the wasitline will help? I say so because that’s what my seamstress is doing to give my dress a better fit. Though, it looks lovely on you as is 🙂 

Post # 7
1822 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I prefer with straps, but that’s just because I generally am not a fan of strapless. The straps do change the look a lot so I can understand why you don’t like them, and think it looks grand without too! Second the petticoat suggestion though. Not sure about adding a belt or ribbon, I think that might make it look too busy. 

Post # 8
1225 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I am not crazy about the straps.  If you must have them then I would add a lace applique over them to match the rest of your dress.  The placement of the straps is correct  for additional support.  But if you don’t need them then remove them.  I also agree to add a crinoline.  It will make your waist look smaller and since it fills out the skirt will reduce  the need for shortening your dress.

Post # 9
340 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

.no straps for sure and the bust line looks weird bc it’s too high. I feel like the whole top of the dress needs to be pulled down. Or trim down the neckline to make it lower. It’s not really flattering sitting so high on your chest 

Post # 10
108 posts
Blushing bee

No straps!

Post # 11
390 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

No straps!! They look out of place.

Post # 13
3350 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Those particular straps look a bit childish – the make the dress look like a flower girl dress rather than a bridal gown. You could try lace straps – but those are a definite no. 

I can’t tell if the dress itself isn’t the greatest for you, or if it just hasn’t been altered well. But as it is now, it’s not doing anything for our figure. It looks way too big in the bodice, also contributing to that little-girl look. And the skirt seems a bit limp. Maybe add a petticoat to give it some more life and have the bodice tightened?

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