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But by all means, if you want to use it as a wrist loop then do it, after all it is your day and you can do what you want. We just felt that before you do, you should know why the hanger strap is not a wrist loop.
For those of you that have no clue of what we are referring to, it's the long satin loop that you will find attached to the underneath of your wedding dress train. Yeah, that thing! And, it is very uncommon knowledge that it's sole purpose in life, the only reason it exists, is to hold the train of your dress up on the hanger. It is a very handy little invention and we love them for sure, they keep our dresses presentable and the trains off the floor.
It is also a very common mistake that they double as a wrist loop, so that instead of using a bustle for your train you can hook this wondrous piece of satin to your wrist, and carry your train with you all night! And, we totally get why that has become a major misconception. If you will think back to when there were balls and cotillions, and all the ladies dresses had trains, wrist loops were common practice. You may even remember seeing paintings of women, with their trains being held from their wrists by these loops, as they are waltzed around the ball room. But, if you take a closer look you will see that the loop is attached to the outside of the skirt, not the underneath. Can you imagine what would have happened if a lady actually flipped her skirt over revealing the underside of her dress and crinolines?!?! Horror, of horrors there would not have been enough fainting couches in the whole neighborhood!
So, you see dear reader, that while they may seem the same there is a very big difference between a hanger strap and a wrist loop. The real tragedy of choosing to use the hanger strap in place of a wrist loop, or bustle, is that you would be hiding all of the detail on that gorgeous train! Think about it.
7/24/2016 09:38:21 am
Great article! If the wrist loop should be on the outside, how does it look when you walk down the aisle with the train down? Do you see the loop?
7/25/2016 09:55:59 am
Hello Cindy! The loop should be hidden in the center seam of the train. It would be inserted where the loop could be pulled through to the underside when the train is down, and the pulled through to the front side when you want to pull the train up. Usually it is anchored from underneath by a button, so that it won't pull all the way through.
10/18/2017 04:10:51 pm
My dress has 2 loops on it. One long one in the front on the outside at the bottom & a smaller one in the inside at the back. Is there suppose to be the long one in the front of the dress?
10/18/2017 04:20:25 pm
Hi Shelly, That's very interesting, I have never seen a loop on the front of a dress, and I'm really not sure what the purpose would be, or that it belongs there.
9/30/2018 08:13:59 pm
I am looking for a hanger strap for my dress. My wedding is in 2 weeks. How do I go about ordering one. It would have to be expressed shipped.
12/15/2020 01:07:47 am
Heello mate great blog post
2/21/2021 06:37:41 pm
Wondering how hi up from the hem the loop should be on the outside for carrying a train. The plan is to sew a button on the outside following the ceremony and attaching a wrist strap.
12/28/2021 09:42:09 pm
I am just planning a wrist strap and have been trying to figure out how to do it. For now I plane to have a disappearing loop, much like for bustles, in the centre back seam , a good strong one, that will pull out from the seam, and then have a hook, or clasp on the strap. I am thinking of and embroidery design on a padded strap. Do you think it will work?
1/4/2022 11:41:37 am
I think that sounds like a great plan!
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