(Closed) The strapless fad

posted 11 years ago in Dress
Post # 46
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

i think we are all confusing strapless and sleevless. my comment above is geared toward sleevless but strapless. i dont see a difference between a strapless dress and a dress with spaghetti straps…

Post # 47
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@danielle – not confused, the post was titled “strapless” not “sleeveless.” I was talking about dresses like this that certainly show just as much, if not more skin than an average strapless dress.

 

Post # 48
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

lillyfaith-oh! ha…guess i was the only one confused then. i agree that strapped dresses can be more reveling than some strapless dresses but that does not happen too often with SLEEVED dresses. i tried on a few dresses that had straps and they were usually v neck and vneck for a a gal that wears a 40DD means CLEVAGE which does not equal modesty…hehe. 

so in MY experience….strapped does not always mean modest but sleeved usually does 🙂 thats my two cents…take it for what its worth. 🙂

Post # 49
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Yeah, I think you’re right on the sleeved dress count! I haven’t seen a single immodest sleeved dress, but the posts calling strapless immodest were what irked me. I understand strapless not being for everyone! Where would we be without variety in fashion? 🙂

Post # 50
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

everyone has their own opinion on modesty, there is really no defined line… 

Post # 51
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Newbee

Strapless dresses in and of themselves are not a “fad.” But I would absolutely agree that they are a current bridal trend.

In the 90’s, it was dresses with sleeves, 80’s- dresses with poofy sleeves, 70’s- flowy, Victorian sleeves, 60’s- mod sleeves or sleeveless/high-necked.

Those have just been the most predominant styles for that decade, and the 2000’s are no exception. Our thing is strapless. I imagine bridal fashion will change directions again, as it has over and over.

I think we’ll move toward short / sheer sleeves, like Vera Wang has suggested.

 

Post # 52
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Busy bee

I tend to think that this is a strapless trend… which isn’t always the best look for any women…large or small.  It’s just the latest thing to do!  On the modesty level, I think that it can be either very revealing… or classically elegant but it’s not truly modest…(defined as unrevealing… you are definitely revealing shoulders and a little cleavage)  I do think that there are lines in modesty… what makes sense within a community…   and houses of worship each have their own definition of what is acceptable or not…   I think that it seems silly to have strapless or sleeveless be the main choice… with cap sleeves being encouraged… while cap sleeves are also the least becoming sleeve… you have to have great arms to look good in a cap sleeve!  I think that strapless can be very elegant, but I’ve noticed that the only strapless gown that the wearer didn’t spend the night pulling up her dress or not worrying that it was going to fall down was probably a couture designer gown.  Sleeveless can be just as revealing and in some cases even more so…  But the straps tend to avoid the worrying, and therefore seem more becoming and more elegant in my own mind.  But personally, I like sleeves!

Post # 53
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I don’t think strapless gowns are a fad either.  When I went into dress shopping the one thing I said was that I didn’t want a strapless gown.  I tried on all sorts of gowns with various straps and even with the possiblity of adding a tiny puff sleeve… in the end, I selected a strapless Kenneth Pool.

The reason I selected this was because since I was getting a drop waisted ball gown, I was overtaken by the dresses with straps and sleeves.  There was just too much material.  I am very small boned and quite small, so with wearing the big ball gown, I started to disappear…. basically we found that the strapless gown showed off my small frame the best. 

I am also going to throw the spaghetti strap gowns in with the strapless, because they show the same amount of skin.

I think that strapless will not go out of fashion for this reason, specifically for the ladies who are small boned, with a lithe frame who love that ball gown look.  Unless the upper bust portion is fairly bare, the bride becomes lost in a sea of silk/ satin/ tulle.

Post # 54
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

This is been an interesting read… a lot of you have made points I’ve gone round and round with my mother on. Her one rule when wedding dress shopping was that I not have a strapless dress. I tried to explain to her that unfortunately, dresses with straps are usually more revealing than strapless, because they typically have a plunging V-neck. Sure enough, it was really hard for us to find dresses with straps (I am getting married outside in the summer so sleeves were a no-go) that were modest! I ended up with a strapless dress that came with attachable lace cap sleeves that I love, but I don’t think I tried on one dress that was made to be worn with straps (not just with attachable sleeves) that didn’t show cleavage!

Post # 55
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Helper bee

I avoided strapless dresses, although I did try a few on. It had nothing to do with modesty-I was looking for a sexy, sophisticated dress. I felt that dresses with straps were a bit more mature and elegant and that strapless has a younger feel. I don’t think that either is bad-I like dresses in both styles. I do wish there wash more variety though. It seems like so many people choose strapless without even thinking about other options. 

They may not be a “fad” but as someone who went to many weddings in the 80’s and 90’s they were very rarely seen until about 10 years ago.

Post # 56
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I didn’t read through everything on here, but when I was trying on dresses at DB, there was another bride looking at almost exactly the same style (I was her model for a few dresses), but a lot of the ones she was trying on were almost exactly the same as the strapless ones I was looking at, except they had sleeves on them and modest necklines. They were pretty, but just not what I wanted. I think it’s just a matter of opinion and I honestly don’t think it’s a fad. They may have become more popular recently, but it’s mostly because society is more comfortable with showing their arms/shoulders in general. I think it just depends on how you feel wearing the different styles, because I know that I prefer myself in the strapless sweetheart gowns rather than a capped sleeve or something along those lines.

Post # 57
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

The other side fo the whole strapless thing – it gives you versatility.

You can add cap sleeves, lace sleeves, short sleeves, a jacket etc. You can have them look how you want.

Post # 58
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I have to say when I went dress shopping they were almost all strapless – which was not what I wanted. Luckily though my bridesmaid and Mother-In-Law suggested I try a couple on. Of course the dress I fell in love with is strapless – but I love it!

Its too bad that there are not the other options out there, but luckily with most strapless gowns there is the option to add sleeves (depending on the style).

I am fairly heavy chested though and did find that the strapless came up higher and I have abolusltey no cleavage showing!

I am sure that by nexy year they will have more options out. I am already starting to see changes in the 2010 dresses. I hope everyone finds a dress that they really feel is them.

Post # 59
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

When I tried gowns on, I went into it with a preference for dresses with straps, but didn’t come right out and say that, because I knew it would seriously limit my options. I tried on dresses both with and without straps. While I ultimately ended up with a dress with straps, I did think some of the strapless gowns were really lovely.

I think part of the reason that strapless has become so popular is that it is more universally flattering. My consultant told me that not everyone can wear a gown with straps as they can, depending on the exact style, shorten the body (this was not a problem for me as I’m 5’10”). She told me that I probably wouldn’t see too many other brides wearing my gown, because it wouldn’t be as flattering on as large a range of body types as a strapless gown would be.

Post # 60
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Helper bee

That is funny hergreenapples-the bridal consultant I was working with told me strapless shortens the body because it breaks it up. Maybe whatever sells?

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