or confusing string.
That little string........We've seen them near the shoulders inside the lining of fine dresses and off the shoulder shirts: those very slim, often satin, little strings used to keep the dress on the hanger and for keeping the shape of the shoulder or dress intact. Those strings are indeed just for hanging the dress and allowing it not to be stretched or misshapen and - to stay on a hanger! We're not judging you if you didn't know that. In fact - lots of people don't. We blogged about this 3 years ago and it feels like the time to revisit and clarify.
What you see below - and is really beautiful - is wrist strap used by brides to keep their trains from the dragging the floor after the ceremony. They are elegant and practical and are located at the bottom of the skirt part of the gown so that once around her wrist, the gown still has shape and flow, but isn't being stepped on by every Tom, Dick and Harry, er... coworker, cousin, and Tipsy Groomsmen. You know the cast of characters.... don't pretend like you don't!
Brides who choose strapless gowns NEED those hanger straps at the armpit/bustline, because you don't want to pinch your gown with a skirt hanger. And wrist straps are an alternative for brides who choose gowns with longish trains. Some choose to have bustles to keep their dresses from dragging, but a wrist strap is a lovely way to solve that problem as well.
Here's an example of a dress that has been bustled to keep nipped in and easier to move in. Bustles.......... that's a whole other blog, peeps.