Post # 1
Any fashion-major bees here?
This might sound weird since this is basically the norm now, but I’m just curious, when did wedding dresses lose the sleeves?
I like the way they look, but I have never been a tube-top person (I’m chest-heavy lol). I know the dresses usually have support, etc., but how did they become so popular? Did someone start the tube-top wedding trend?
Personally I like halter top dresses, and even some with lace sleeves. And like I said, I like the way the tube top dresses look on others, they’re just no my style. While trying to find dresses that are my style I have to go through so many more that are tube tops. So that’s where the question is coming from.
Post # 3
Do you mean strapless gowns? I guess I don’t link tube tops and wedding gowns in the same thought.
Here in Utah, every dress has sleeves! Only one small rack of strapless gowns to be found. The Mormons like modest wedding gowns.
I know Allure has some gowns with sleeves if that’s what you like. Boleros, capped sleeves and shawls can all be added to any strapless.
Strapless gowns are not for everyone though.
Post # 4
A tube top and a strapless dress are just…NOT…the same…thing.
This girl is wearing a tube top:
This girl is wearing a wedding gown:
Post # 6
lol I’m sorry, I did mean strapless. I just forgot the word in the writing process.
Regardless, my question still stands. I’m not trying to be offensive, I’m genuinely curious how this style became so popular.
Post # 8
Oh and thanks to whomever moved my questions to the dress forum!
Post # 9
I think it’s just a trend, plus it’s much easier for the dress designers – dresses with straps almost always have to be altered to sit correctly.
Post # 10
I think that halter dresses look dated to the 90’s or something (probably inacurate but when I see spaghetti straps and halters I think back to the 90’s).
Also a halter is difficult to wear IMO, where as a strapless dress gives a lot of neckline options – seems crazy, but its true. BUT I will say that sleeves are making a definite come back, not long sleeves, but cap sleeves, lace sleeves, boleros… they are starting to pick up some popularity from what I have seen.
Strapless gowns make a lot of women look elegant, and show off your shoulders, and are easier to move around in/dance in. I don’t know when they became the style, just like I have NO idea as to why brides in the 80’s had the huge sleeves.
Post # 11
All hair-splitting aside, the OP’s question is a worthwhile one.
There was an article on Slate that looked at this a few months back.
And yeah, like it or not, a lot of them do look like tube tops. Yeah, yeah, I know they’re different: they have boning, they have beading, they have “bling,” whatever. Still. OP may have blanked on the proper word, but in another way she hit the bullseye.
Post # 12
I think it’s just that strapless is generally more flattering on a wider range of body types so designers are incentivized to make more in that style. Wearing a lot of fabric is also quite warm too, and not covering up with sleeves gives you a little more ventilation.
Post # 13
@Mrs.C.to.bee: I’m not sure I agree about the 90’s, but then again it might be why I like them so much. Maybe at the time most wedding pictures I saw had strapped designs and thats what stuck in my mind.
I also don’t agree about the shoulders, but that’s probably because I consider mine wide. It’s the same reason I hate jackets with shoulder pads, one-sleeved shirts/dresses, and certain designs where the sleeves hang off the shoulders. I think all of those are more flattering on women with narrow shoulders, or at least ones proportional to the rest of their bodies (never knew I considered myself disproportional in that area haha)
I had to look up what boleros were, but I don’t think I like that for a wedding dress. I wear those type of things to the office/school when I don’t want to show my tank tops lol
Oh I’m also hyperaware when wearing a bra of the slightest discomfort, so I can imagine constantly pulling at the strapless dress to make sure it’s on right lol
Post # 14
It seems to be a recent trend, I mean I can picture the 80s gowns in my head and they defintely had sleeves. Poofed sleeves! So maybe in the 90s they changed, as someone said, they were easier to design?
It does seem silly if you think about it. All this material, detail on the bottom, but then bare shoulders.
I have seen some halter top gowns. I had this gown once in my possession because it is so flattering to the neckline:
I wonder which direction dresses will go in the future.
Post # 15
@KCKnd2: Thanks! I thought that article articulated very well what I couldn’t. I’m glad people in the media/fashion world are aware of this trend. And thanks for not minding my word-fart lol
Post # 16
@sienna76: That does make a nice neckline, but I’m on the modest side of showing off cleavage so the vneck is a bit too low for me 🙁
This is the kind of top that is most flattering on me: