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      Celeste Starre
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      If the dress material is stretchy you can just leave them zipped and pull them on over your head. I’ve got lots of dresses but only a few that can’t be put on that way. For those a piece of string with a hook on the end does the trick.

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      DeeAnn Hopings
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      Isn’t there a YouTube tutorial on this? If not, there should be. Lol Just kidding. I just don’t buy dresses that zip in the back. I know, I’m missing out on some really cute dresses, but I just have not been able to do it.

      Agreed. Non-starter for me also due to arthritis. Same with earrings for pierced ears…

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      Wendy Swift
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      I also wear zentais, and they have zippers in the back.  This has helped me most times to zip up dresses with back zippers, and yes you do have to be somewhat flexible.

      I find zipping zentais easy, as the material is stretchy.  So what I so is I zip up as far as I can, then grab the material downwards and that will allow you to zip up the zipper even more.  Then you reach over the head to finish the zip.  Applying the same principle to dresses, it works depending on how stretchy the dress material is.  If it doesn’t stretch at all, then you’ll need help or a zipper pull.  I have a few stretchy material dresses and it does work.

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      Jeannie Jones
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      Emily, I think I will just to see what cute dresses there are that do not zip in the back.

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      Emily
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      Isn’t there a YouTube tutorial on this? If not, there should be. Lol Just kidding. I just don’t buy dresses that zip in the back. I know, I’m missing out on some really cute dresses, but I just have not been able to do it.

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      stephanie plumb
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      Well you have to become a contortionist!

      Its s*d’s law that the dress you really want has a zipper, with a tiny, tiny pull thing that you can barely get hold of.   Of course it is just a sort of tear drop  shape that you can’t attach anything too, well not easily.    The maker also chooses a tightly meshing zip whose teeth grip like a crocodiles.     Quite likely it is also a dress with no stretch, and vanity has made you buy one size smaller than you should have.

      Nature has blessed you with a larger ribcage than the dress was designed for. So although you have used Grace’s technique  you reach a point where the zip won’t quite mesh.

      You walk your fingers like spiders  down to find the pull. That’s when the contortionist comes into play.  After a struggle in which you try both hands, standing on one foot, uttering some unladylike words through gritted teeth, that it finally gives in and slides up.

      Have you noticed that it always leaves quite a gap behind your neck?

      All you’ve got do now is do everything in reverse to get the dress off again!

      Is that a car pulling up on the drive?

      Stephanie P

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        Shana Mac
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        Is that a car pulling up on the drive?

        Lmao. That is just hilariously true for me.  Thank you for making me laugh so hard I cried.

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        Grace Scarlett
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        and guess what Stephanie???…all of the pulls on all of my dresses are that D**n tear drop shape!!!

        truly, grace x

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      Grace Scarlett
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      Huggs lovelies

      I guess I must have long arms???…but they don’t seem overlong….I have quite a few dresses of different makes….I usually just reach behind and pull the zip up as far as it will go…..then hold the top of the neck up a smidge and with my other hand pull it up the rest of the way from the top…….or living in the U.K…….

      i can always ask a police man !!, haha

      Luv, grace xx

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      Paula F
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      I use the string method, just pulling a shoe lace through the eye of the zip then holding both ends of the lace, slowly pull it up.  If it feels like it is getting stuck, I just arch my back a little to put a bit of slack and then pull a little harder for a moment to see if it moves up better.  When your done, just drop one end of the string and pull it through the zip.  If there is a button at the top of the back, I always button it before pulling the dress the rest of the way down onto my shoulders.

      PaulaF

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      Samantha Roarke
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      Small key rings work great with the shoestring or rope.

      -SR-

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      Jill Marshall
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      You can always by a zipper pull on Amazon, but I have fashioned by own from a length of heavy gauge single strand copper wire, or reshaped a wire clothes hanger.

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      Mary Ann Summers
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      I’ve always used the paperclip method…

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      Jeannie Jones
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      Thanks. I did not realize there are side zipper dresses. I only knew that skirts have some with side zippers.😊

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      Jeannie Jones
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      Hmm but what if the dress with the back zipper is really cute?😊

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      Regine Rich
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      lol, Thank you for asking this question, Jeannie, I have the same issue, my arms dont bend that far. I did the paperclip/string thing, but then it is left hanging there:-)
      Hugs, Regine

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      Lee Ann Rakers
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      I have many rules. Here’s another one.

      I don’t buy dresses with back zippers.

      Lee Ann

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        Robin Girly
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        LeeAnn,I don’t buy dresses with the zipper in  back either.

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      SteffieC
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      I used to use an old wire hanger through the zipper to pull it up. I also would pull the dress over my head and zip it as mush as I could and still pull my head through. Neither is ideal but I got them to work

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      Evany Evans
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      Hello Jeannie!

      I have only been told over the years, with some success from this method, that one of the best ways to do this is to use a string (an older shoe lace or the like could work here) and a paper clip or a safety pin. You can begin with hooking the clip/pin to the dress zipper (this may be difficult in some dresses) then hook the string/lace through the pin. You can then put the dress on and use the string/lace to pull the zipper up (be sure to keep your back straight for this part) and don’t pull to hard if things become stuck. This sadly may not work for all dresses, I have a very stubborn one who’s zipper always jams. I wish you best of luck and hope none of your dresses jam like that!

      xoxo

      Evany

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