(Closed) Are strapless dresses starting to look dated?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Do you think strapless dresses are going out of fashion?
    Yes : (80 votes)
    27 %
    No : (212 votes)
    73 %
  • Post # 3
    7901 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • 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
    48 posts
    • Wedding: June 2015

    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
    2425 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    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
    9548 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    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
    441 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    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
    4656 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    No, but I wish sleeves would become more fashionable! I think they’re usually so prety!

    Post # 9
    2966 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Styles come and go. That’s all. 

    Post # 10
    3830 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    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
    872 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    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
    2055 posts
    Buzzing bee

    @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
    302 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    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
    559 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    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
    326 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    No I don’t think it will ever be dated.. all the salons I went to had majority of strapless dresses.

    Post # 16
    470 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @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.

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