Bust out creativity with bridesmaid bras
I am a maid of honour. The bridesmaids are all wearing spaghetti-strapped dresses made from taffeta in a cobalt blue with a turquoise base.
My dress is the same style with satin turquoise trim and sash.
I am bigger busted than the others so a bra is mandatory. A strapless bra is not an option. The dresses are ordered already. Is there a way I can make this dress work for my needs?
As the maid of honour your dress is already a little different. You can make the dress work for you in a few ways:
Use the same dress fabric to make wider bands to cover your bra straps. Use keepers to keep the straps of your bra and dress together. The keeper is a ribbon that is tacked on one end to the underside of your strap. It has half of a snap fastener stitched on to its end; the other part of the snap is on the underside of your strap). Simply loop the ribbon under your bra strap and fasten the snap. This will keep your dress and bra straps aligned and in place.
Alternatively, do the same using the turquoise satin fabric for your straps. If you cannot obtain the same fabric check the sash and use either some of its width or the underside (if it is doubled) as a source.
If you do not wish to sew straps try a stylish alternative. Wear a blue satin bra and let the straps show. This is a personal call. It is a modern funky alternative that will complete your look.
Another option is to find a competent dress maker and have her build your bra into your dress.
Any of these methods will work.
The cobalt blue and turquoise combination sounds lovely. Whatever you decide to do to make the dress your own will work and look fine. Do what makes you most comfortable and then wear your dress confidently and enjoy the wedding.
I am one of six bridesmaids. The decision has been made that we all wear a strapless dress. I am tiny in every way and cannot fill the structured bust of this dress. What can I do to look my best?
There are bras today that do everything. Take your dress to a bra retailer that offers fittings. Then find a bra that is comfortable and also does the job required. If the fit of your dress is not perfect, simply visit your local seamstress and have your dress adjusted so it is perfect in every way.
It is all about finding a solution that looks great and at the same time is comfortable. It is awful to be dressed up and feel self-conscious. Do the work in advance and then dress for the wedding. When you do it right you won’t have to look down or pull at your dress — it will be picture perfect.
"Wardrobe Doctor" Marilyn Wetston is the owner of Marilyn’s, 200 Spadina Ave., Toronto, Ont., and host of a radio show on AM 740 every Saturday at 8 a.m. Follow her on Facebook to ask your questions, Facebook.com/MarilynsToronto.