(Closed) Straps or No Straps?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
5423 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

Oh we cant give any opinions without seeing some photos!

Post # 4
9548 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Straps were one of my must haves for a wedding gown!!!

Post # 5
3039 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Difficult to say when there’s no photo, but I would vote for straps – no worries that it will slip on your wedding day!

Post # 6
2854 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

It totally depends on the style and shape of the dress. Sometimes straps make a dress more flatteriing to a particular bride, sometimes less.

In My Humble Opinion ballgowns usually look better without straps, or with thin straps that don’t compete with the skirt too much. A-lines can go either way. I usually prefer mermaids with straps, especially if the person wearing it is short. 

Also depends on the type of straps. Some spaghetti straps (especially the ones that are about the line of the nipple rather than the line of the shoulder) are pointless, both to hold the dress up and for what they so visiually. Some cap sleeves are cut in the wrong place to be flattering. Some one-shoulder straps just look odd, like one strap is missing. 

But v-neck straps can be incredible flattering, halter too (depending on the type of halter and the person’s boob and shoulder size). Off-the-shoulder straps can make a person’s waist look smaller. Wide straps that create a scoop neckline can be great for a large-busted girl, not only for what they do visually but also because they allow her to wear a more supportive bra. Halter-style straps with a sweetheart neckline can help frame the bride’s face and boobs, which is always nice. 

Given that your dress is lace, I’m guessing it is fairly close fitting and that the straps are probably of the sweetheart-halter or v-neck type, I’m going to say go with them.

Also, if you don’t wear strapless dresses regularly, totally go with straps. Even if your dress fits you perfectly, if it’s strapless you are bound to be pulling at it all night. Not because it’s going to fall down, but because you’re not used to the feeling of it. 

Post # 7
3697 posts
Sugar bee

It depends on the individual dress and how it looks on you, of course, but as a rule of thumb:

– I think strapless is really overdone at the moment and anything with straps automatically looks more unique and memorable

– if it’s going to be a church wedding, a gown with straps or sleeves demonstrates better taste and judgement than a strapless gown.

Post # 8
1102 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013


Post # 9
1835 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

I am SOOOOO glad my dress had straps, because it was super comfy the entire wedding day, I didn’t have to worry about pulling it up when I was dancing, it had a really pretty back (and probably wouldn’t have been able to have such a low back without straps), and I wasn’t self-conscious about having side-boob. (I’m probably crazy, but I always feel like strapless dresses pinch my chest and make me look like I have a little side-boob going on…Lol am I the only one?) 

Totally agree with @clairebbbear, depends on the style of dress and the type of straps. Show us some photos! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 10
76 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I don’t think straps make a dress look too mature and for me were more flattering.

My neckline is V-neck. Most dresses I tried on were very fitted, and every strapless dress gave me armpit fat. My straps hid that and still allowed me to go with the silhouette I wanted. Also, I felt a little taller because the dress wasn’t cut off at chest level.

@clairebbbear:  Great post! I agree the neckline is just as important as the silhouette of the dress in flattering someone’s body type.

Post # 11
1030 posts
Bumble bee

I absolutely refused to have a strapless dress. I think they’re the ‘puffy sleeves’ of the 80s kind of trend!

Plus, I also don’t like the way people look naked when they’re photographed from the shoulders-up!

A pic would be great! But I think if the dress was made with straps, it will look SO MUCH better with them than without Smile

Post # 13
2840 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Riley85:  Keep the straps! It’s a gorgeous dress.

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