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    I have looked at several websites, magazines and have been to one bridal shop so far, but they are almost no wedding dresses with sleeves. Why are there so many strapless gowns now?

    Anyways, how can I find a dress at a decent price with sleeves that is well made and pretty?
    to be honest strapless seems to be standard, you should be able to add a bolero or shrug if thats what you looking for, i know a bride that god a strapless gown and had an organza coat type thing over her dress it looked amazing!

    is this the kind of thing your looking for?


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    • Shazk
      CommentAuthorShazkGot married 7 years ago
      CommentTimeSep 4th 2012
    Its hard to find them.
    I said the other day to my friend who getting married before me and has her dress that i dont no if i want the standard strapless thing and she said she only saw about 5 with sleeves, straps etc when she was tring on.

    Like stomm says can always do a shrug thing and see if your shop can attatch it to your dress???

    Away with the flutterbys xxx

    • HollyB42
      CommentAuthorHollyB42Got married 4 years ago
      CommentTimeSep 4th 2012
    I know exactly what you mean, I really want sleeves on my dress but it's so hard to find! Pronovias have a few but they are quite pricey, beautiful though.
    If you just want straps any good alterations person should be able to make straps to add to any strapless dress, ive tried a few on and they have pinned pretty tule straps on and it totally transforms the dress it's great.
    • Velcro
      CommentAuthorVelcroGot married 3 years ago
      CommentTimeSep 4th 2012
    I orginally wanted sleeves, and that picture posted above was about the only one Ive seen that I really liked the look of, I had a quick browse round the shops a few weeks ago, and I think I saw one whole dress with sleeves. I need a back up just incase this tattoo Im having zapped off my arm won't fully go away! Problem is, ive seen so many other ones without sleeves that I really like lol

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    • PB
      CommentTimeSep 4th 2012
    I don't think i saw any when i was trying dresses on but i did see a couple with matching boleros that looked lovely teamed together xxx
    • Lulu
      CommentAuthorLuluGot married 4 years ago
      CommentTimeSep 4th 2012
    Majority of dresses come as strapless or strappy, but you can have wraps / bolero's on top or even find out how much it would be to have one customised / attached (might cost a little extra but could always see if it can be made from material taken off the original dress) xx

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    • Sam
      CommentTimeSep 4th 2012
    Strapless is a lot cheaper to make and mass produce since they don't have to worry about fitting fiddly sleeves. Do you need full sleeves or will sorter sleeves work as well? I've put a link on my wall to a site with various coverage options. It's American but it's the only place where I've seen all the coverage options in one place.
    • emmaaa
      CommentAuthoremmaaaGot married 4 years ago
      CommentTimeSep 4th 2012
    Has driven me nuts too, I love the dress pictured, but the fact that the original is a 2008 collection means the only hope realistically is getting it from china, and having googled this dress ad infinitum I found what I assume was a china copy which wasn't quite right. I don't want to have to settle for strapless, or cobble together something with add ons, with all the money being spent on it, why should I? There HAS to be a market for it, I don't understand why designers restrict themselves so much with this. Surely if the sleeves are more fiddly they could make them and charge more? I'm sure I'll end up with a strapless in the end, but if there was more diversity in sleeves readily available to try, it might be different.

    • CommentAuthorfloatee
      CommentTimeSep 4th 2012
    Have to say I think I am gonna have the same issue (am going actual dress shopping within the next couple of weeks). Almost every dress I see whether it be online or in windows are all sleeveless, and dagnabbit I want sleeves! Strapless really doesn't look right on me as I have very little to no chestage and that 'look' makes me appear even worse lol - this is about the only thing I sure of when it comes to styling ;-).
    The only thing I thought of, in case I really couldn't find one, was a see-through 'poncho' type thing to go over the top and be all floaty - possibly instead of a veil.
    • TeganandRob
      CommentAuthorTeganandRobGot married 4 years ago
      CommentTimeSep 4th 2012
    My bridal shop said they could add sleeves or straps to any of the dresses to a design I liked. Their in house seamstress could do them. Speak to your bridal shop and see if there is anyone they use for alterations and if they could add sleeves for you.
    • AlexK
      CommentAuthorAlexKGot married 4 years ago
      CommentTimeSep 4th 2012
    floateelight, I am also small chested and thought I wanted straps/sleeves, and have ended up with strapless. When trying it on the put bra cup things inside (which they can sew into the dress between outside and lining so they don't show) which, along with boning, gave me some curve. All the ones with sleeves I tried fitted really poorly, I think because of the small chest.
    • ClareS
      CommentAuthorClareSGot married 5 years ago
      CommentTimeSep 4th 2012
    I found this problem that most dresses are strapless. They look gorgeous but they're just not for me. I need the scaffolding if straps on my bra so need at least a dress with straps. Thankfully my mum is making mine and she's putting a lace bit at the top so I can wear clear straps underneath x
    • mym72
      CommentAuthormym72Got married 6 years ago
      CommentTimeSep 4th 2012 edited
    When I was dress shopping the shop did say that any dress that was strapless could have straps added, and some even come with straps to clip on or leave off. I definitely didn't want a strapless dress (absolutely hate them) and said this to the woman in the shop. She showed me a couple of dresses that could have straps made and also some that actually had straps/sleeves already. In the end I found my perfect dress that was off the shoulder.

    My dress was actually from Forever Yours and from their Quinceneara collection - which are prom/evening dresses that are made in ivory or white as well as other colours but are not as heavy as wedding dresses. A lot of shops tend to get them in stock and they have more varied styles because of this (including sleeves/straps).

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