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Strapless dress undergarment

Libby100 | Posted in General Discussion on

I really have no idea where to post this, so I will not be surprised if it ends up under another topic.

My college student daughter bought herself a very cute dress at a consignment shop for an upcoming semi-formal dance.  She is 5’4″ tall and wears a 36C bra–usually a minimizer.  I am out of my element here since on my biggest day just about wear a B cup.

The dress has spaghetti straps or can be strapless.  The problem is that the dress fits nicely with the minimizer, but looks horrible with her strapless bra (which is a bustier type purchased for her senior prom–spaghetti straps with low back).  She looks like she is exploding out of the top of the dress.  What kind of support garment should she be looking for?

I am accustomed to altering clothes –usually to put in darts to fit her curvy figure and to altering patterns to do the same, but this situation has me stumped.

Any suggestions are welcome.





  1. FitnessNut | | #1

    The only thing I can come up with is for her to take the dress and go to a store that specializes in undergarments. That way she can get professional advice and fitting, trying on the dress with each bra to see what is appropriate. Don't be surprised if she needs an appointment....or if the foundation garment costs more than she paid for the dress!

    1. Libby100 | | #2

      That is a very good suggestion.



  2. Marionc032 | | #3

    Could you steal some fabric from the skirt or hem of the dress to make wider straps to hide the bra straps? Hard to know what to suggest without seeing how much of the bra shows when she is wearing the dress.

    This reminds me of something I saw when I was working at our university which rents out its auditorium for high school convocations. The students would be all dressed up in what were probably their first formal dresses and suits. A friend and I would sneak out to take a look at the students and see what they were wearing. I'll never forget this one girl who was wearing a dress with spaghetti straps and she was full-figured so she couldn't wear the dress without some kind of foundation garment, but she wore her regular bra and not only did the bra straps show, but the whole back of the bra showed as well. The dress looked good on her but with that bra showing like that she looked awful! I can only guess that she didn't care because she must have known. Or perhaps she thought she had the bra covered but the dress shifted as she wore it and no one had the guts to tell her?

    Anyway, I'm mentioning this just as a caution in case you and your daughter decide to look for a foundation garment. When she tries it on with the dress, make sure she moves around with it: sitting down and standing up a few times just to make sure the dress doesn't shift and expose the undergarment.

    Best of luck!


    1. Libby100 | | #4

      thanks for the suggestions.

      A lot of the difficulty is that I am advising at a distance.  My daughter is in college 150 miles away.  I have seen the dress when I was in the area for business and we met briefly.  I did not think of checking the hemline for additional fabric.  She herself can sew so possibly she could assess the hemline herself.  I don't think she would take on the project herself, but no doubt we could find someone who could.

      She has gone shopping for a different bra and is more satisfied.  Of course, she could look for a different dress--but this is the one she loves.



      1. mem | | #5

        you know one way to go is to use chiffon with verticakcal drapes in it to create two strap covers and then to cover the bra straps in a fabric the smae colour as the dress The chiffon straps could then be caught onto the bra straps here and there  If there is bra showing at the back she could drape the chiffon into the top of the dress  top front and back. . I am imagining a Grace Kelly 50s look. Anyway good luck.

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