(Closed) What characteristics do you think we'll laugh at years from now?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 16
1624 posts
Bumble bee

I wore a sheath dress and have seen zero other brides choose this silhouette- and I got married this Oct! I was outdated before everyone else 

Post # 17
7905 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Strapless wedding dresses and rustic themes are quite trendy now, so I can see them becoming dated at some point. Still fun though!

Post # 18
335 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

key hole backs, and ruffles! Ruffles where so big in the late 80s and early 90s then died down and now they are back, but you know what, I love a dramatic bride and it’s one of the few times u can wear something outrageous so I say, go for it! Everything will look dated ina few years weather by the dress, the hairstyles, the flowers or the picture formats.

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Post # 19
1001 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Weddings at barns. i feel like people are going to be like why did I wear this expensive dress and trudge through mud and farm animals. Flower crowns too. 

Post # 20
3947 posts
Honey bee

I think too that those big ruffly skirts  (usually extending from very form fitting dresses) will date like crazy as will the blingy belts.  I think the illusion neckline will just become a classic.  Bet it’s here to stay.

I have pictures on my wall of all the family brides that have come before me, dating back to the 1930s.  I love how each one captures the era of her wedding day.


Post # 21
931 posts
Busy bee

molokoa:  I LOVE sheath dresses, I’m just to fat for them! Lol . i think it takes particular good body to pass of a unstructured sheath!

I think my dress won’t date well. It has a high low section that will be noted as trendy I am sure.

I also think sweet heart necklines. It happened with the straight across neckline (hello 90’s!) and I think maybe people will today peg strapless sweethearts as a 2010-2020 era of dress. 

I also agree extreme mermaids will likley be out…although it doesn’t mean I don’t LOVE them! Lol. 

pretty sure  rustic decor will be trendy and pegged 2013-2015ish…….

Post # 22
2092 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I agree that big ruffled skirts and fitted silhouettes  will probably date. And I had a trumpet dress with a ruffled train and a ruched bodice, so very 2014 lol. I couldn’t care less if it dates, because you know what? We DID get married in 2014. And I chose that dress because it made me feel fabulous and I loved every second wearing it. But I’m under no illusions – my daughter will probably hate it 😉

Post # 23
2305 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

you can already see stuff that’s dated even from the 2000’s- things like the color stripe across the top and the back of the dress (that Alfred Angelo dress that EVERYONE i knew who got married in 2003-2005 wore), pickups, all satin aline. Then you get to the 2009-present, and you see more mermaids, more fitted gowns, rustic (that’s already going out). 

I don’t think “dating” a dress is a bad thing. Why would you be ashamed that you looked like you were married in the year you were married? And yes, ‘classic’ is a look, but even so, what you consider classic has some feelings from the era you bought it in. 

I dont think any of them are bad choices people made. Just as 80’s brides wanted big hair and big over the top dresses, there’s a reason these choices were made and they made people happy at the time.

Post # 24
2843 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013


AddieNicole:  Looking at the history of fashion, not just wedding fashion, the styles that have stood the test of time and even come back into fashion later on are the ones that are more flattering, understated and done well.

That’s why a lot of 1950s and 1960s general fashion styles still hold up today and influence fashion today – think Mad Men-style suits and 1950s-style sundresses with circle skirts, because they are flattering and not overdone.

In contrast, the more extreme styles of the late 60s to 80s, such as all the insane bright colours (especially on men), clashing patterns, enormous flares, big collars and ties, shoulder pads, enormous hair, mullets, baggy pants, neon colours – they are all either extreme in some way or they highlight a part of the body that doesn’t necessarily need to be highlighted.

In wedding fashion it’s the same. 1950s ballgowns, simple 1960s bateau necks and shift dresses and flowy lacy 1970s boho styles would all be acceptable today, particularly if they’re well made and use high quality materials.

But the 80s just crammed a lot of over the top things into wedding dresses – and they also tended to be made of lower quality shiny fabrics as well, which doesn’t help. (I watch a lot Something Borrowed, Something New – don’t judge me!)

So when you think of what the most extreme styles are of the present time, then you’d probably be thinking really dramatic mermaids – especially the ones that you can barely walk in, and especially when they highlight a not-so-flat belly or other lumpy bits.

I would say the same for the really poofy ballgowns where you can barely get through a doorway.

The really revealing styles such as see-through corsets, ultra plunging necklines and plunging backs that almost show the arse-crack are also rather extreme – especially when all of them are combined in one dress like you see sometimes these days.

Also strapless dresses are not universally flattering and I think those brides who really shouldn’t have worn one will be considered to be wearing a dated style, compared to those who got away with the style.

I don’t think illusion necklines will necessarily date a dress. They’ve been a feature of wedding dresses, in different forms, throughout the 20th century. So you can say that they’ve stood the test of time.

Post # 25
1393 posts
Bumble bee

in terms of clothing, the mullet dress. 

and those stupid pinterest signs. cannot stand the “hey uncle blablah, here comes your girl!” makes me throw up in my mouth a little.

Post # 27
3617 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2000

All of the ruching. I know it can be very flattering, but swathes of fabrics going this way and that way are distracting.

Giant blotches of bling, like those on Panina Tornei dresses as example, you know, all of that stuff on the bosom. Like the tiaras of last decade it will make people say: so, you were Queen where, exactly?

Big fabric flowers, as big as your head, on your sash. I’m also over sashes and I think that’s another thing that will look odd in 30 years–why interupt a smoth line with a sash on figure hugging dresses?

The worst dresses in photos of 30 years into the future will be the ones that have distracting elements that takes your eyes away from the bride. That’s what those awful sleeves of the 80’s did–they obscured every bride, they were huge!

Post # 28
3617 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2000

Flower crowns are classic. I didn’t even realize that they were back, until recently.They are timeless.

Post # 29
124 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2021

I honestly don’t like mermaid dresses very much, they seem a bit extreme. I don’t know if ball gown is timeless or not, but I like it the best. I’ll be surprised if I don’t get a ball gown dress…

Post # 30
5224 posts
Bee Keeper

clairebbbear:  “Also strapless dresses are not universally flattering and I think those brides who really shouldn’t have worn one will be considered to be wearing a dated style, compared to those who got away with the style.”

This. I am so glad that sleeves are making a come back! Regardless of what they try to tell you in the dress boutique, not everyone can wear a strapless dress. 

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