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« on: June 17, 2008 09:38:49 AM »

So my brothers wedding is coming up in less than two weeks.. and i've searched for months to find a cute dress.. you'd think it'd be easy considering its summer and all but nope, so.. i did find 2 dresses, one black one which is really cute, but my date is already wearing all black and its a wedding.. we need color! and i also bought this dress.. its so beautiful and colorful, i absolutely love the fabric, however, it is not conservative... and well, my family will not approve if i wear this, not to mention, i wouldnt feel comfortable wearing this. im just wondering if you gals have any ideas to make it conservative.. or else just tell me if it can't be done.. anyways.. here's the pics..

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an idea for getting rid of the cleavage?Huh


any help would be very much appreciated!! thanks Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2008 09:47:32 AM »

What about another layer of fabric underneath? Maybe a longer layer of black fabric so that it's longer?  Perhaps a shrug over the top? Or, make the straps wider and continue the fabric down the bustline so that extends up/out a little?  I don't know, but I like the fabric on your dress.  Good luck! Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2008 10:00:58 AM »

How willing are you to alter the dress?  I think I might take off the cups entirely (or I suppose you could leave them on underneath...)  Then I'd find some satiny material that matches the stripe down the front, and create a cute bodice, maybe with short sleeves and a simple v neckline.  You could also drop the waist so that it sits a little lower and is longer.  Good luck!
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« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2008 10:25:09 AM »

I like the ideas already submitted: widening the straps and continuing down the cleavage area to provide more coverage, and the full re-do of the bodice.  A shrug can work wonders too: instant coverage with sleeves!  Do post your results, it's a pretty dress.
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« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2008 11:16:54 AM »

Your modesty panel is a great start!  (GORGEOUS dress, btw!!!).  I'd add a shrug, and tights, and say you're good to go.  If you don't feel comfortable in the dress as-is, then I'd consider the bodice re-do; however, if you're just not comfortable wearing it to a wedding, with family, but you'd go to town in it for another event, I wouldn't change it permanently.

Again, though, spectacular find!
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« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2008 12:12:10 PM »

To keep the dress as is and just add....

perhaps a wrap-around s/s shrug like this (since it is summer)



Maybe in a gold shimmery cotton, to contrast the silkiness. Or maybe even in a lace? Is the skirt too short too? You could tack (so it can be removed later) a black (or whatever the darkest color on the dress is) pleated or box ruffle to the bottom. Nice easy 4 incher it'll look hot but be longer. Shouldn't be to difficult for either fix, and they are easily reversed!
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« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2008 12:14:39 PM »

Can you flip the cups under and pull the whole thing down, so that you can wear it as a skirt with a more modest top, and still preserve the dress for future occasions when you are more comfortable in a sundress?
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« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2008 12:58:59 PM »

i really like all of these ideas! i'm still thinking them all through before i decide... what kind of shrug was that redstar?? the link didnt work for me Embarrassed
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« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2008 01:20:38 PM »

i inserted the image instead of linking. hope you can see it.

I was thinking that style in either a lightweight cotton or lacy fabric
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« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2008 02:07:46 PM »

How about if you wore a shrug that tied in the front around the boob area? That's the only thing I can think of to keep the integrity of the dress...it is a pretty one!
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