Thoughts on adding straps to this dress?

posted 2 weeks ago in Dress
  • poll: What do you think about adding straps to this dress?
    Adding straps would totally work! : (24 votes)
    57 %
    Adding straps wouldn't work/would look weird, keep looking and find a dress with a neckline you like : (18 votes)
    43 %
  • Post # 2
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: July 2017

    There are so many wedding dresses out there I would just keep looking for one that has everything you want. Alterations can be very expensive and there’s more risk of it getting botched.

     

    love both those dresses though!

    Post # 3
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: June 2017

    I think it would look beautiful with a lace strap!

    Post # 4
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    Bee Keeper

    Adding straps to this would be super easy, and would look almost identical to your inspo pic! 

    Post # 5
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    Honey bee

    Can you buy the dress in the second picture? It has a gorgeous neckline 

    Post # 6
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    Helper bee

    Adding straps to a strapless dress is very easy, and it shouldn’t be too expensive. (I love the posters who are like “Just buy a dress that’s already perfect.” Ha, if only it were that easy!)

    Post # 7
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2019

    For the seamstress to make the first dress look like the second it looks like she would need more appliques, not the bottom of the dress since in your reference photo those are what make the straps. If you wanted to go that route you’d have to see if you could get additional appliques from the designer and what the cost would be. A lot of the cost and applicability comes down to the kind of straps you want.

    Personally I don’t think the style of dress you like is uncommon that I would definitely look around first to ensure that what you want isn’t already out there.

     

     

    Post # 10
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2017

    Sometimes you can buy extra matching fabric when you buy the dress. That would be the best way to ensure you have enough without chopping up the train too much. I think it could be made to work, even just simple spaghetti-type straps but using the lace. 

    Post # 11
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    Bee Keeper

    Ask the salon to contact the dress manufacturer about extra lace to match and speak with a skilled seamstress first. Is it possible? Sure. But added straps can appear as if they were always there and they can look like awkward additions…it’s often not cheap to make them look right.

    Post # 12
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 1995

    It would be easier to take out fullness of the skirt of the second dress than it would be to add straps on the first dress.

    Post # 14
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2020 - Scotland

    ichliebe :  former sewing teacher here: you can ABSOLUTELY add straps to that and have it still be gorgeous. Consult with your local seamstress and see if she is able to source lace similar to that in your dress. She may even be able to order the exact lace appliqué fabric straight form the dress’ designer, a lot of companies do that nowadays to allow for brides to have the perfect gown.  Creating a neckline similar to that in the second picture is 1000% possible!  Don’t listen to people telling you to keep searching for the dress that “has everything you want already”. If this is the right color, right silhouette, looks amazing on you, and is in your budget then GO FOR IT

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