(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


  • Post # 31
    1125 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    Depending on the crowd 2 or 3 might be ok, but I personally would avoid that style at weddings entirely.

    Post # 32
    1065 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

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    baybee23:  I think age matters a lot here. I’m 31 and was at a wedding this weekend and some girls and I discussed shopping for stuff to wear to the wedding.

    Cutouts are very popular and no matter if you look good in them and have the body to pull it off, we just all felt like they’re better off for high school and college aged girls, but you hit mid/late twenties to early thirties and its really hard to dress fun and trendy. You either look like you can’t let go of college or a soccer mom before you’re pregnant.

    That said… I still don’t think they’re wedding appropriate.

    Post # 33
    1640 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    Oof. I honestly don’t think any of those dresses are particularly appropriate for a wedding- ESPECIALLY if the ceremony is in a church. I think some of them are pretty cute, but they are “going out” dresses, not formal occasion dresses. I feel like if you wear that, even if you totally rock it, you are going to look out of place and probably feel out of place. So for your own comfort and to respect the seriousness of the occasion, I would wear something a little longer than all of those without cutouts. 

    Post # 34
    1069 posts
    Bumble bee

    nope. I don’t think any are wedding friendly. If you’d wear it to a club, it’s not ok for a wedding. 

    Post # 35
    1069 posts
    Bumble bee

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    baybee23:  it’s a style thing. A maxi dress isnt short so a lower back doesn’t look too sexy. If there’s a lot more flowing fabric, then it’s softer than the tighter body-con dresses. 

    Personally, I dont get the need to have sexy clothing at a wedding. 

    Post # 36
    112 posts
    Blushing bee

    I picked #2 only. I think back cut-outs are the only appropriate verison for a wedding and you have to tread carefully. I’m a huge fan of the horizontal strap for where your bra strap would be and one lower back cut out (if you have the body for it; no bluging allowed). I think multiple cutouts gets you into clubbing territory. I think another rule of thumb is that if you have to wear a special bra (aside from a strapless bra) it is not wedding appropriate. For church ceremonies, wear a cardigan or shawl. Also consider the fabric – if the dress is silk or another high quality material then you’re safer than if the fabric is stretchy, rayon ect.  

    Post # 37
    3879 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I’d vote no.

    Post # 38
    1552 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2016

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    baybee23:  2 and 3 are OK, 8 is IFFY… the others NO WAY.

    Post # 39
    13639 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    None are wedding appropriate IMO. 

    Post # 40
    3951 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I think the cutouts are fun when they’re on the side or in the back, but some of those dresses are not-wedding appropriate for other reasons (really tight, short, etc.). 

    Post # 41
    1604 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    My rule of thumb is you can have 1 piece of ‘sexy’: Mid-thigh length, low cut front, skin-tight, low back, cut-out, sequined, etc for a wedding.  Once you have more than one, it becomes inappropriate.

    So here’s my thinking:

    1: a little short for the model, but would be okay on a normal height woman probably. This one is okay in my book!

    2: Short & cut-out = no.  But if it was longer (top of knee, bottom of thigh) it’d be fine.

    3: Tight & low-back = no.

    4: For some reason stomach cutouts don’t seem as appropriate, but if the lenth were a little longer i’d be okay with it

    5: Short & no back = no

    6: If this one was a normal lenth it’d be fine, you can’t see.

    7: No model, but that looks to be a dress where someone with decent boobs would be showing cleavage.  And the peplum is cute, but you could still see the contours of your bum in it, so cleavage + tight + cutouts = no

    8: short + tight + low back = no

    Post # 42
    752 posts
    Busy bee

    Can I add some dresses to the mix??




























    Sorry I know, very link heavy. I tried to include different types of cut outs and lengths that I think would be a good balance of wedding appropriate but still having the style you want. Hope some of these help!!

    Post # 42
    752 posts
    Busy bee

    Idk why…but my last post didn’t seem to go through. I wanted to add some more suggestions if that’s ok.























     Hope some of these helped?? I tried to add a bit of variety to it. I also have no idea of your budget…so that’s varied too.

    • This reply was modified 6 years, 5 months ago by CookieLady.
    Post # 43
    335 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    I vote NONE! They all have “whore tendacies” written on them

    I’d also like to add that I would find it extremely distasteful should any of my guests wear a variation of these styles at my wedding

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