(Closed) Tube top wedding gowns? (A question)

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
6124 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

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
9917 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

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 # 9
7561 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

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
286 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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
3697 posts
Sugar bee

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
1077 posts
Bumble bee

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 # 14
6124 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

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.

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