(Closed) Strapless dresses unflattering?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@MaryKay14:  No, I don’t agree. I think many women look great in strapless gowns.  I guess strapless gowns are unflattering on the writer. Even so, what’s wrong with broad shoulders, anyway?

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I agree actually.  Everyone wants a strapless dress and it just isn’t that flattering.  I cringe when I watch Say Yes to the Dress and they put a heavier girl in one.  Sorry, but they are NOT flattering if you are a plus sized bride. 

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

I find them very flattering, because the broad shoulder look you get balances out big hips and a big belly. Besides, even larger ladies have comparatively fat free shoulders… it’s the one place you can flash some flesh if you have bodily imperfections.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

@Rachel631:  This. I also have broad shoulders and any kind of straps would emphasize this. The strapless + volume skirt really balances out my body. I think that there are body type that look BETTER in other styles, but it doesn’t mean that strapless looks bad on them either.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

As a plus size girl, I immediately disregarded strapless gowns, but I actually found that I looked really bad in dresses with straps. Even my mother (who is very quick to critisize, lol) thought the strapless gowns looked much better.

I think maybe it is more about personal body proportion than size in general.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

they don’t look good on me, that’s for sure.  I never wear anything strapless in regular life, so wearing a strapless wedding dress didn’t make sense to me.

Gotta love boleros!

I’ve seen brides that look great in them, and brides that look terrible, but that can be said about any style of dress.   

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I disagree with the writer. Strapless gowns look great on many brides of any size. Not everything is flattering on everyone, and just because strapless looks bad on the writer doesn’t mean it looks bad on everyone. I tried on several strapless dresses and guess what? They weren’t all flattering on me, but the one I chose was! Shockerrrrr.

One of the girls trying on gowns at the same time I was chose a satin halter gown that looked awful on her and should have been burned back in 1987. She had a bigger bust, but hey, so do I for my size! I felt way more secure in my gown than I do in normal strapless bras/dresses.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@nursemel:  I have to agree. Strapless dresses also aren’t always flattering on smaller girls as well. When we were trying on bridesmaids dresses , there were several strapless dresses that looked unflattering on the smaller girls, but great on the bigger as well as vice versa. 

Every strapless dress I tried on looked like crap, though the bridal consultant kept saying “Every bride looks great in strapless – that’s why most bridal dresses come in the style! You’ll see!” 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I think it really is all relative to the body type.  I personally didn’t want strapless because I felt I would pull on it all night (even with proper alterations) so I got straps…looking back I do feel like the straps might have emphasized my shoulders and arms too much…but I couldn’t pass up the gown, it was just too pretty 🙂

Post # 13
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Helper bee

a lot of brides choose strapless dress, i don’t think there is anything wrong with that. it’s a safe option for most brides, not unflattering. 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I really think it depends on cut and proportion.  I’ve seen thin girls who didn’t look good in strapless, and plus sized who looked fabulous. 

When I went shopping, I was against strapless.  I thought everyone wore them and I wanted something different.  I tried on many gowns with sleeves, keyhole backs, etc.  They all looked terrible on me.  Even my girl friends agreed.  Finally I caved and tried on some strapless gowns.  They were way more flattering!  So I had a radical shift from what I thought I wanted to what actually looked good on me.

I just looked at that article, and the picture accompanying it is so unfair.  The woman is gorgeous, but that’s the wrong gown for her, proportion-wise.  She could look great in a strapless–just not that one.

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

I think maybe most brides have the same problem areas, and strapless is flattering to them.

Example of common problems:

1. Proportionately small bust. Strapless makes you look a bit bigger on top, as the eye is drawn to the area you show most skin.

2. Proportionately large stomach/hips. Strapless balances this, because the eye is drawn upwards.

3. Fatty bits. So let’s draw the eye to the one expanse of body where most women are proportionately thin!

4. Big arms. You may hate them, but they’re still smaller than your hips or belly if you look at them proportionately. Show the thinner bits off! Plus, however self-conscious you may be, anything other than a full length or elbow length sleeve does not look good on big arms, in my experience. It just cuts your arm off at the fattest part, whilst covering up your shoulders… your thin bit! And those spaghetti straps just make anyone who isn’t a total waif look huge.

That said… I may not go strapless. I’ll see how much weight I can lose first. If I can get skinny enough, I’ll go with an elbow length or full sleeve. If not… well… I may just decide to go strapless, LOL!

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I also noticed the article got something wrong–it says:

“As an alternative for brides, A-line gowns, which are fitted to below the bust and then flow out through a looser fit, are said to be the most flattering design on the market.”

Isn’t that an empire gown?

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