(Closed) To add or not to add sleeves to strapless dress…that is the question

posted 7 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

I too am large chested and plus size pear. I was only going to have a dress with straps/sleeves. I didn’t even want to look at other gowns.

However… When I found my dress, adding sleeves made my chest look even bigger, as it draws the eye in. I’m now going to rock a sweetheart necklined, strapless gown. My saviour? The lace-up back. It allows me to have it nice and firm across my back, holding my chest in nicely. 

Does your gown have built in corsetry? If not, maybe try buying a corset/torsolette and try it on with the gown. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013 - old cheese factory

id say if you are going to add any sort of strap do a halter or criss cross back. this will draw the line inward across your chest instead of out. i didnt have straps ( 42 F) and had no problems with my dress staying up. i had on a regular strapless bra (lane bryant) and my dress zipped up the back i was even dancing with both feet off the ground lol 😛

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

i agree. i think adding straps and sleeves draws more attention to what you’re trying to hide.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Just rock the s strapless!! I often think added on straps/sleeves look out of place or awkward. And I have some tops that have a cap sleeve and I find if can be unflattering cause it hits right at the widest part of my arm.  I plan to find a dress with straps designed in or just rock the strapless!! Your dress is gorgeous!!

Post # 7
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Busy bee

I LOOOOVE this dress! But I honestly think that sleeves would not go with this dress. The ombré look draws attention to the bottom anyway, and I think that sleeves would make it too busy.

 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

While I ended up buying a dress WITH straps built into the dress, the strapless dresses I tried on looked a little weird with added sleeves. They definitely highlighted a few areas I wasn’t happy about them doing that to.

If you are comfortable without the cap sleeves, I’d say go for it, the seamstress can make that dress fit like a glove (and undergarments will help)! I felt very secure in the strapless ones I tried on because most were corset back and they laced me in tight (and I’m a DD chest so it wasn’t easy to make the girls secure) 🙂

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I thought that I would need straps, but when I tried on my dress at the store it didn’t seem necessary.  I have a corset back and there’s enough structure in my dress to hold me up.  I’m a 42 G.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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lollyjuju:  I agree with previous posters that adding a strap can sometimes look awkward. I also wanted to add while Halter straps can be comfortable and often very flatering if they are supportive at all it may put some strain on your neck! I wore a chiffon halter bridemaid dress and my neck was so sore from it and it fit well!

I would say if you want some coverage to look more into a caplet or illusion sleeves to be added for the most flattering option.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I went to a wedding where the bride added on sleves to her dress. Instead of hiding the parts of her body she was insecure about I thought that adding on sleeves highlighted it. :/ and you could really tell it was added on after and not part of the orginal design of the dress. Id rock the strapless.

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