Post # 1
Give your honest opinion – Do you think that strapless dresses are going “out of fashion?”. I’m seeing alot of designers and trends showing alot of lace sleeves and illusion necklines that are a bit more modest, and alot of bloggers bashing the “unflattering” strapless dress.
It used to be nearly impossible to find a non-strapless dress, but it seems its almost half and half in the salons these days.
Post # 3
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
I don’t know about 1/2 and 1/2. When I went shopping there were a few non-strapless dresses in each shop, but the overwhelming number of dresses were strapless. I think wedding fashion is becoming more diversified, but I don’t think strapless is going anywhere.
ETA: Strapless is not some new trend. There were strapless dressesin the past and the modern version was wildly popular in the 30s and 40s.
Post # 4
i dont think they will ever look dated like the poofy sleaves of the ’80s. As long as its a timeless/elegant dress
Post # 5
No, I don’t think they are going out of fashion, I just think the market is opening up to more silhouettes, including sleeves, different shapes, etc. I think it’s great that there are more options out there now than there were even 10 years ago.
Post # 6
Around me, it’s definately not 50/50. There were some salons that I went into and said I wanted straps and a full skirt and there were like 5 dresses in the whole store.
Post # 7
Strapless is easy to have as the default since people who really want straps can have them added in alterations. I don’t think the strapless gown will ever totally go away.
Post # 8
No, but I wish sleeves would become more fashionable! I think they’re usually so prety!
Post # 9
Styles come and go. That’s all.
Post # 10
i wanted a dress with straps. nearly impossible to find one that wasnt too low cut on my boobs. they are definitely not dated
Post # 11
I don’t think strapless is going out of style at all. When looking for bridal dresses most of them had to be altered to have sleeves and some had sleeves as optional almost every single dress except a small selection all were strapless.
I personally LOVE strapless dresses. <3
Post # 12
@dv3849: No. A plain strapless neckline by itself is innocuous enough to have longevity for quite a long time. What typically “dates” a dress is the other details: fabric used, cut of the strapless neckline (ex. sweetheart), silhouette, etc.
Unless you mean, “does it look dated against Edwardian fashion styles?” Well, of course. But if I just look at having a strapless neckline in isolation, I typically cannot pinpoint the year of the dress. It’s those other details that show your age. 😀
The only way I see it becoming dated is if society has a major shift back to the ultra-conservative, Puritanical, “only whores show ankle flesh” mindset. Other than that…not really.
Post # 13
I didn’t want strapless and had a really hard time because it seemed like the majority of dresses were still strapless. I don’t think they’ll ever go out of style.
Post # 14
I think they’re very clearly from the last quarter of the twentieth century, as strapless wedding gowns weren’t really popular before then, and certainly not in houses of worship. And also, given that modern weddings have shifted towards afternoon and evening affairs with grander budgets than were possible for middle class couples prior, they do date themselves, as does every fashion trend. A strapless wedding dress would have been unthinkable at a fifties morning wedding. So I think in that way, they show their time and cultural place.
Are they going out of fashion? I don’t know. I doubt it, since brides still opt for formal and semi formal afternoon and evening weddings, and that’s the dress that has been dubbed “bridal” for those occasions for the past twenty years at least. I hope to see more sleeves and different kinds of coverage. But I think the “sexy” bride is going to remain a thing for a while, simply because wedding gowns follow fashion trends in many ways, and our big fashion trend in the West is sex appeal.
Post # 15
No I don’t think it will ever be dated.. all the salons I went to had majority of strapless dresses.
Post # 16
@dv3849: I think it’s interesting that in a time when most women were slim — the 50s and earlier — sleeves were in. Now that many brides have heavy arms that could use covering up, sleeves are hard to find.