Post # 1
I am a large-chested plus size bride and I am considering adding some sort of cap sleeve to my strapless gown. I have always been self-conscious about my chest and I don’t want to be worrying on my wedding day! My seamstress said I will be completely secure in my dress between her tightening and my undergarments. But I still worry because I never imagined I’d wear strapless.
I was recently talking to a friend who works in the wedding industry, and he said a fashion-forward colleague of his said that sometimes cap sleeves can make a large-chested woman look larger instead of smaller.
Interested in thoughts from other ladies – particularly plus-sized brides who have or have not made sleeve alterations to their gowns? My dress is the Maggie Sottero Brittania dress – picture attached.
Post # 2
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 # 3
Amazing. That’s what my friend said. I never would have thought that. My dress has an inner corset and I got a corsolette to wear underneath instead of a strapless bra bc I wantEd more supPort. Thanks so much for your post. Im amazed at this new info and excited to see my 2nd fitting in a few weeks
Post # 4
- 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
i agree. i think adding straps and sleeves draws more attention to what you’re trying to hide.
Post # 6
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
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
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
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
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
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.