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    Gloria Renee
    Registered On: July 7, 2020
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    Ok, ladies. How do you zip up when you are by yourself?

    I have been able to handle it up until recently.

    Thanks for any advice you may have thanks.


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      Lacey Cyn
      Registered On: December 8, 2021
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      I’ve been spending 15 minutes in the morning doing stretches before I work out and have found I’ve become far more bendy in just a little over a month am able to get the zippers on my dresses up and down now unassisted.

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      I have a beautiful White House Black Market dress (profile pic) that zips up the back. I put it on backwards , zip it up, then turn it around!


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      Philma Bierstein
      Registered On: May 28, 2020
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      I just bought a cute dress that zips up the front.  Piece of cake to zip that one.  It even has a zip that zips open from the bottom, I assume to make it easier to sit down.

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      Alison Anderson
      Registered On: October 15, 2018
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      Like Celeste, I can pull a lot of zippered dresses on without having to open the zipper, or at least just a little bit.

      I have used the string or shoelace method (put a knot in the shoelace, thread one end in to the knot, then pull on the other end of the shoelace).  But this is rare.

      If I really need to do the zipper, I inch it along.  I pull it down only as far as I really need it.  Then I put on the dress, leaving the zipper where I can still reach it over my head.  I’ll pull the zipper up a few inches, then pull the dress down making sure the zipper is still reachable, then repeat.  Taking it off is a little easier because I can pull the zipper tab up then push down on the zipper getting a few more inches each time.  I’ll then pull the dress up and push the zipper down, and continue this until I can get my shoulders and arms out, after that it is easy.

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      Stephanie Bass
      Registered On: November 30, 2019
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      Hugs Gloria as these ladies have said a zipper hook or easyiest is help ha ha i know my wife helps sometimes  or a no zipper pullover dress works best hugs girl Keystone is coming better get it working he he ..

      Stephanie Bass

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      Fredrika Jones
      Registered On: February 24, 2021
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      I wear them large enough to slip into from underneath – that way I can leave them zipped.

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      Darlene Hollis
      Registered On: January 18, 2021
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      Some you can leave zipped and do the overhead slink. Others you can zip in front and then spin it around.  I put the forms in after the dress goes on.   Side zippers I can usually get unzipped.  Rear zippers I spin or overhead slink to get off, after the forms come out.  Maybe that’s one advantage we have over GGs!

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      Araminta Purdy
      Registered On: January 23, 2020
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      A diaper safety pin and string. The pin is easier to unclip than untying a string.


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      Robyn Drake
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      Registered On: March 19, 2019
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      The reason zippers have holes in the tab is so that you can thread a string through it to pull it up. Good luck getting it down!

      – Robyn

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      Registered On: March 23, 2016
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      I made my own zipper helper. Some dresses, I out on, zip up with the back more to the side and arms not yet in the  shoulders/sleeves, then, scoot the dress back into place, and wiggle everything back into place.

      Wish I was more flexible.

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      Dianna Rose
      Registered On: August 18, 2019
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      Never buy a dress with a back zipper.


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      Celeste Starre
      Registered On: June 26, 2018
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      First question would be how many of your dresses actually need to be zipped up?  I’ve got lots of dresses that have back zippers but maybe only a couple that actually need to be zipped. All the others can easily go on over my head. The one or two that don’t can be easily done with a paper clip attached to a length of string.

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    • #605493
      Registered On: August 14, 2021
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      I’ve used thread or a thin wire (like fishing line) looped through the zipper tab. Hold both ends and it should go up fairly easy. Now getting it down again is another thing entirely (giggle!). Actually, it may work in reverse, but you may need to have someone help thread the line through when you are ready to take the dress off.

      They make zipper helper clasps that you can get on amazon. I got one, but it doesn’t stay clamped – I may be doing something wrong or it’s defective.


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      Alice Underwire
      Registered On: September 16, 2019
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      Hi Gloria,

      Tie a long piece of string to the zipper pull and pull.


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