(Closed) Dresses with cutouts appropriate to wear as a wedding guest? (POLL INSIDE!)

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: Choose all the dresses that you consider wedding APPROPRIATE:

    1) Light peach dress with side cutouts

    2) Coral dress with open scalloped back and sleeves

    3) Black backless dress with low cutout

    4) Coral halter dress with front cutout under the bust

    5) Black backless dress with cage style cutouts

    6) Black floral print maxi dress with side cutouts

    7) Blue peplum dress with front cutouts under the bust

    8) Black peplum cutout dress with exposed zipper

    None

  • Post # 16
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2016

    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
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    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
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    Bumble bee

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    baybee23:  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
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 1997

    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
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    Helper bee

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    baybee23:  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
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    maayyybe 6 but the rest, absolutely not.

    Post # 24
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    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
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    Busy bee

    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
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    Buzzing bee

    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
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    472 posts
    Helper bee

    Why would you feel the need to show your body off in this way at a wedding?

    Post # 28
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    Bumble bee

    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
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    Sugar bee

    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
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    Helper bee

     

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    baybee23:  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. 

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