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popgirll

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Mar 22, 2008
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hi ladies!

ok i posted a thread asking for modeling pictures of carly recently.
i actually bought one last weekend but wanted to see how it looks on other people:P
i really really like the design and the color (i bought the brown one!) and it's sad how other bags don't come out in this color ):
well..
apparently, there's a one problem; the shoulder strap is too stiff!
do you think it'll get softer after i wear it several times??
and the strap is hurting my shoulder after a little while... :/

i don't know what to do..!
really love the design and the color but the strap is bothering me so much!

what do you think..?
 
Jan 2, 2008
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Sorry to hear that you are having problems with the strap being too uncomfortable and having it be stiff... I actually never had any problem w/my carly right as I used it... but yes it will eventually become softer since the strap is leather that it will eventually bend easier... Just wear it a few times, I'm sure you'll notice a change... Also, as far as the strap being uncomfortable, what do you mean by that? I know that my strap sometimes slips off my shoulder and you can actually use a heel insert and put it on the underside of the strap so it'll stay on, but its never been uncomfortable... the carly is actually one of the most comfortable bags I own!!
 

Suzzeee

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Coachgirl - thanks for that tip -I never thought about doing that - I always have a problem with keeping bags on my shoulder! I did return my turq Carly though -didn't like the color combo w/ the Khaki when I saw it IRL and the strap was very stiff - my Bronze Carly was super soft brand new so I guess I thought all the straps would be that way.
 

fieldsinspring

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Congrats! Carly is the best bag ever! :tup: As far as the strap, mine have never been real stiff, but they will soften up.. I also used Apple Conditioner on mine and it helps soften it instantly and stops the squeakiness if there is any. HTH! :tup:
 

denverjenny

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Jul 18, 2007
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Congrats! Carly is the best bag ever! :tup: As far as the strap, mine have never been real stiff, but they will soften up.. I also used Apple Conditioner on mine and it helps soften it instantly and stops the squeakiness if there is any. HTH! :tup:
GASP!!!!! That apple conditioner will stop the squeaks? Do I just rub it around where the leather wraps around the hardware? I LOVE my Carly but it IS squeaky at times...haha!
 

Hisgeekygrrrl

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Feb 27, 2008
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I would also think conditioning it would help. I have a leather carly and the strap was soft when I got it new.
 

TygerKitty

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The carly with turquoise trim might have been more stiff because of the patent! Patent seems to be stiffer than regular leather most of the time!
 

little peanut

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Oct 3, 2007
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Can't agree with the above posters more :yes:

A good quality conditioner will soften the strap straight away...and stop pesky squeaks. Just rub a tiny bit on the leather immediately around the hardware, if it's still noisy leave it to soak in a day or so and reapply if needed.
 

palmerlover

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Jan 11, 2008
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yay for conditioner! I have noticed that some of the bags have stiffer straps than others, but the straps do ease after a bit of carrying. When I run into stiff straps, I try to wear the bag with a jacket or something that will help protect my shoulder, while at the same time helping mold the strap into a more comfortable position.
 

purpleoscuro

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Feb 22, 2008
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My Carly is not too old so I can't tell you if it will be soft. I think you should keep it! I love my Carly and I think is a great bag.