(Closed) Where are the straps?

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1732 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I didn’t have this problem at all!  I tried on multiple dresses in every neckline imaginable.  I actually ordered a portrait collar dress and altered it to a sweetheart strapless.

Lots of people add capsleeves and straps to dresses.  I would use extra fabric from the hem or alterations if you can.

Post # 4
1001 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I didn’t have a problem finding a dress with straps, in fact, I didn’t try on any that DIDN’T have straps.  I even tried on one with elbow-length lace sleeves.

Where have you been looking?  I mean, even David’s Bridal’s website has a zillion gowns with straps.  Strapless is a very popular style right now, so of course there’s going to be tons of those in stores, but I’ve seen tons of other options out there.

Do you think in the 80’s, brides were like “why can’t I find a dress without puffy shoulders and a lace turtleneck?!””  Ha.

Post # 5
2201 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think it’s probably a geographical thing. When I was looking, there was a decent mix of v-neck, strapless, cap sleeve, etc. dresses to try on.

Post # 6
234 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Vera Wang herself was quoted as saying she’s sick of strapless. (I’d love to pull out the quote but now I can’t find it.) It’s a huge fashion trend at the moment and it doesn’t show any sign of disappearing soon. I deliberately went out of my way to find a dress with straps, not because strapless didn’t suit me but because I’m bored of seeing the same neckline on almost every dress.

The worst part is that many people don’t suit it but wear it anyway for lack of a better option. (I know there are some dresses with straps and sleeves, but if they have their heart set on a certain style and can only find it strapless within their budget, then there aren’t all that many options.)

The problem with adding straps is that dresses that are designed to look strapless usually look best strapless. If you add to or change the design they can look unbalanced. If you’re planning to do this, ask for some fabric strips to play around with it before committing to buy to see if you can get it to work.

Post # 7
493 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I wondered the same thing… I thought about adding straps that could somehow be hidden inside the dress until the reception so I wouldn’t have to worry about my dress falling down all night long (but I gave up on the idea).  Been to so many weddings where the bride was constantly yanking her strapless dress up all night long.

Post # 8
457 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Adding straps is really easy! My dress luckily came with detachable straps. You can sew the straps straight on or add those little plastic things like the ones on your bra to make it more stable.

Post # 9
59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Found the Vera Wang quote.  It was in the NY Times commenting postively on Ivanka Trump’s wedding gown that had a lace high neck and lace sleves:

Did she think Ms. Trump might start a trend with her sleeves? “She might very,” Ms. Wang said. “Nothing would make me happier. I’ve been doing strapless dresses for 15 years. It’s tiring.”



Post # 10
401 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I notice the same thing.

Post # 11
189 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I was so dead set against getting a strapless gown and low and behold that is the one I picked out. I had the same problem where most of the dresses I tried on just ended up being strapless. I totally agree with you in saying that personally I just don’t think strapless is the most flattering neckline… too much negative space and on me, I feel it makes me look wider in the shoulders. However, my main problem was that I was dead set on getting a tea length dress and that was hard enough to find! I completely and totally was planning on adding straps to my dress in a halter style but when we impromptu-ly added them with clips to the dress they would not stay up for the life of them… I think mainly because the dress, being strapless, has so much internal support that there was no hang on the dress for the straps to work properly 🙁 it might be different if we actually sewed the straps on rather than just clip them but I’m too worried to find out. I am resolved to just go strapless and be happy I found a tea length dress I love (even if it is strapless) and maybe wear a bolero part of the time to cover myself up some 🙂

Post # 12
5385 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I have a Maggie and my dress has a cap sleeve option (that I am wearing).

Post # 14
837 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I guess I don’t understand why every is so opposed strapless just because it’s popular.  There is a reason it’s popular: It can look flattering on a lot of women.  It can show a little skin in a wedding gown without being trashy (I’m not saying in all cases because those see-through pnina’s are freaking hideous – they look like lingerie to me no offense to anyone wearing one! lol).  I guess I just don’t understand the mind-set behind disliking something just because it’s currently a popular style.  And I’m not saying this to be mean or start something I’m genuinely curious as to the issue with strapless.  We, as brides to be see them a lot, but unless our gusts are going to weddings every weekend, they don’t because they aren’t searching for wedding related stuff.

Post # 15
279 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I DO NOT look good in strapless gowns at all, and my fiance agrees. That said, I ended up getting a dress with one strap to give me the shape and support I was looking for.

I live in NY, and even with the abundance of Bridal Salons, you definitely see that the majority of the dresses are strapless. … you just have to search a bit for other options, but they’re there.

Post # 16
1675 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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@shaydenise: Yes, I was told the same thing. I ended up getting a dress with straps, but my consultant told me I wouldn’t see too many brides with the same dress as straps aren’t as universally flattering as strapless.

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