Post # 16
None of them are really wedding-appropriate. I’d be pretty offended if somebody rolled up to my wedding with half their stomach bulging out of cutouts on the dress, I think the whole look is just a bit cheap. The back cutout dresses are quite pretty (2 & 3) but 2 is super casual – I’d wear it to the beach rather than a wedding.
Post # 17
I am not a fan of cutouts. It could be that they became popular after I had kids. I think maybe a couple of them could work, but the dress is too short. A mini skirt is never appropriate for a wedding.
Post # 18
I don’t mean this to sound bitchy but why try so hard to wear cut outs to a wedding? There are so many other times to wear them… If you’re in doubt if it’s appropriate, then why not save the cut out dress for another occasion. Bachelorette party would be good, if you’re going to one of those… date night… girls night… etc?
Post # 19
Like they say, if you have to ask… My vote goes for none. There are plenty of places a person can wear a summer dress with cut-outs; there’s no need to wear it to a wedding.
Post # 20
I HAVE worn dresses with cutouts to weddings before, and I have gotten nothing but compliments. If the dress fits properly, and you have very little to “bulge” out, you are fine. I have worn quite a few by Lovers + Friends or Free People.
I did not vote for any of the cut-out black options as I am not a fan of wearing black at weddings, and adding the cut-outs makes it a little too much on the sexy side for wedding attire.
Post # 21
maayyybe 6 but the rest, absolutely not.
Post # 22
Interesting poll results and comments!
For those of you who voted “None”, what if all of these dresses were maxi length and in brighter/pastel colors or prints? Would that change how you feel about the cutouts?
It looks like exposed backs are more acceptable than side cutouts and peekaboo midriff. For example, another bee posted about this dress recently and the comments seemed overwhelmingly positive and found it to be wedding guest appropriate (although it actually shows more skin than some of the cuts that I posted e.g., #6 which is a floral print maxi dress).
Thread link: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/is-this-too-revealing-to-wear-as-a-wedding-guest/
Post # 23
I agree! I think fit (and body type) are very important to take into consideration. I love those brands you mentioned and would be curious to see the dresses with cutouts that you’ve worn in the past (even if they are just photos from the site)!
Post # 24
I’m not sure why cutouts would be off-limits specifically for weddings. I think any of those dresses could be just fine, depending on the time of day, time of year, venue, etc.
Post # 25
I think that stomach cut outs are an absolute no. Back cut outs? Sure. I agree that some of the dresses are too short. The maxi length dress is really cute though.
Post # 26
Modesty really is the best policy. Im not saying that you have to go all 1800’s but if your arms a back are out, go for a longer skirt, or if your skirt is short you can wear sleves and a higher cut front. I love the dresses chosen and they are all totally appropriate for a wedding…in Vegas! They would all be much more wedding OK if you did the maxi length with these cut-outs. Better safe than sorry. Also since you are in Cali you have a little more freedom deciding what’s acceptable. Take account the venue and the crowd and the dress code for the wedding.
Post # 27
Why would you feel the need to show your body off in this way at a wedding?
Post # 28
I saw the first two dresses and thought, “this girl must be crazy!” And then I read on. The light peach and definitely the coral one, I would say is appropriate, but all the other ones I would say are questionable. And if it’s questionable, I would say just don’t risk it.
Post # 29
6 could work. I’m not sure of the fabric quality of any of those dresses though and I think for cut outs to look classy the cut and fabric needs to look good.
generally I’d say no to cut outs at a wedding but I’m sure on the right person it could look lovely.
the other dress does show a a bit skin, you’re right, but it’s also floor length, isn’t tight, has thick straps and is backless rather than having cut outs. Cut outs do have a different feel to a backless dress.
Post # 30
I am awful at the photo uploader! I’m sorry! From Lovers +Friends, for example, I have worn the kitty maxi in a purple tie dye print to a beach wedding, the foxy hi-lo dress in a pink and green floral print to a garden wedding, and I am planning to wear the keeper maxi (small cut out under the bow in front) to a wedding this June.
A dress I have not worn to a wedding, though will be wearing in my engagement pics as an outfit, is the Free People Honeysuckle dress. I absolutely adore it. Exquisite embroidery. Major cut outs. I would not wear it to a wedding, but it is perfect for the romantic, beachy engagement pic theme I’m going for.
No one, not even my grandmother, has said I have ever looked trashy or in poor taste. And my grandmother is very vocal about those kind of things 😉
ETA: My bridal shower dress has a cut out! I just remembered. Heartloom Aimee. It has a cut out in the middle of the back.