Belts/sashes on wedding dresses

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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354 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I’m not worried about how my dress will date! It’s the dress that makes me feel beautiful & like a bride & I think that’s all that matters! all the dresses I’ve tried on have either had a sash or i would add one xx

Post # 4
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588 posts
Busy bee

sunflower22:  I think a lot of us think our dresses are/were timeless, but I honestly have a feeling that most people in the 80s did too.  My mom’s dress didn’t have puffy sleeves, but it did have full length sleeves and something unplaceable about it that looks very 80s. It would probably be considered ‘timeless’ by a lot of people (it even looked a little like Kate Middleton’s – but an early 1980s Kate Middleton), but it still also looks dated. I can easily tell she got married in 1980 not just by her dress, but by the styling of the entire wedding – the hair, what her sister/BM was wearing, the church decor, etc.. My wedding dress was pretty ‘classic’ (A-line, silk, sweatheart neckline, strapless, no belt, no pickups, no bling) and yet in 30 years I bet people will look at it and say, “That’s so 2000s”. 

We generally like what is currently fashionable. That’s why it’s currently fashionable. Belts are in right now. Some  dresses are greatly improved by belts/sashes. I don’t see fear-of-it-looking-dated as a reason not to choose them. Your wedding *will* be dated, that’s just how weddings are. Heck, look at Princess Diana’s wedding dress – and she was a bastion of good taste. Egads, what were they thinking, right? It’s pretty rare that anyone dodges that.

Get what you like, not what you think your kids or grandkids will like when they’re adults. Predicting how fashion will age is not a necessary part of picking a dress.

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

sunflower22:  Good design is good design is good design, regardless of whether or not it will be associated with a particular period of time. If you have an elegant dress with beautiful lines, and the right belt or sash will complete the look (but not COMPETE WITH it), you will be fine.

However, I’ve seen a couple of threads where a bee will insist upon adding a belt to a dress design that has so many other things going on that the belt does not complete or enhance the overall look of the dress but, rather, detracts from it.

Post # 8
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588 posts
Busy bee

1) Was the dress designed to have a belt? If yes, proceed to 2. If no, proceed to 3.

2) Do you like how the dress looks with the belt? If yes, proceed to 4. If no, proceed to 5.

3) You probably shouldn’t wear a belt.

4) Wear the belt.

5) Find another dress.

Post # 9
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852 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

 

sunflower22:  I am not a fan of belts or sashes.  I feel that the look is completely overdone which is why I chose not to wear one.  Every wedding I have been to in the last two years, the bride wore a belt/sash.  In many cases, the belt/sash really took away from the dress.  

I am also not a fan of the prices of these belts.  Hundreds of dollars for a belt that can only be worn once???????

 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

sunflower22:  I didn’t like sashes/belts because to me, its something to hold pants up, and dresses don’t need that. haha. BUT. The dress I happen to have bought comes with a belt, and would look too incredibly plain without it. My dress is really, and I mean REALLY simple, so the belt makes it a bit more fancy.

Also, I want to say that belts are WAY overdone, and I generally don’t like to stick with ‘trends,’ but I have actually only ever seen brides with belts on TV or on the Bee. Not a single bride I’ve seen in person has had a belt.

So yeah, I was an anti-belt bride, and now I’m wearing one. haha

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

californiabride2013: Lol, read my last comment. I was totally with you for a while about belts. But I got a $25 dress that came with a belt (and it was a VERY simple dress, so the belt helped make it a bit more fancy). So I didn’t have the extra cost for my belt 🙂

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

sunflower22:  You’re not getting the answers you’re looking for, because you’re asking something no one could possibly know. Don’t you think in the 80’s plenty of people thought those trendy poofy sleeves were the shizzz and they knew for sure their future daughter would love to wear such a gorgeous creation? You’re asking about a current trend that could very well seem stupid in the future, but you never know. If I had to guess, I would think that it’s something that will seem very early 2000’s, but wouldn’t necessarily be offensive. I don’t think its obnoxious enough to qualify as offensive like a poofed shoulder with dangly beads a la my 1990 Barbie bride. I think gowns are elegant all by themselves, and I’m not a fan of cutting my body in half to add some style when I could look long and flowy and whatnot, but there are so many cool pretty sashes out there that it’s like…whatever who gives a ….

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I very much dislike belts or sashes. I think it’s because, IMO, if you need one it means that there is something wrong with the dress.  for example, I see a lot of brides with Ill-fitting lace dresses add a sash in the hopes it will make them look smaller around the middle. I also see a lot of brides choosing coloured sashes to make them “look more unique” but to me they just made the whole thing look out of whack. I also personally don’t like a lot of bling… But also If you love bling you should just buy a dress with bling. Don’t buy a cheap nothing dress and then add a super blingy belt to it. Looks cheesy to me. 

Im sure there are exceptions to what I just said, for instance, if the designer designed the dress with a belt It has a better chance of looking good. 

obviously all of this is totally just my opinion and frankly I do think I am in a small minority since most people seem to like them. Hope I didn’t offend anyone’s dress… Really the thing that makes dresses look the best is when the bride loves her dress, so thats the most important!

Post # 14
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371 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2000

sunflower22:  What I don’t like is that… a dress isn’t doing to fall down or lack tailoring of some description, ergo a belt looks a little silly. It’s like a vestigial limb or something. Plus, I’m not a fan of shiny tat being slapped on an otherwise lovely sillhouette. It’s a bit like putting blue eyeshadow on Mona Lisa (Okay, she’s not all that hot anyway, but I think it makes my point). Superfluous guilding of the lily, if you will. Of course, nothing about a wedding dress needs to be functional, but there’s something about bling belts that seems redonkadonk.

MOHlookingForIdeas:  All the plusses.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

sunflower22:  I think it will depend on the style of the belt that will make one’s future daughter exclaim “EW! MOM! WHY DID YOU WEAR THAT?” or “Mom, I want to look classy and beautiful like you in my future wedding.”  I do think there are some sashes/belts out there are could be considered timless/classy.  But I also think there are some out there that are just trendy for now. I don’t think it’s all encompassing one way or the other.

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