(Closed) What is up with wearing fancy strapless gowns with really noticeable tanlines?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
91 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Ewwww, Thats sooo tacky. No really I agree. You totally make yourself look like a trash bag after you have put all that work into everything else. Im with you on that.

Post # 4
169 posts
Blushing bee

I never tan, always wear sunscreen, blah, blah, blah.. but I have permanently discolored skin on my chest. In high school I spent all day working a car wash and came home with a nasty sunburn, complete with blisters. I couldn’t move for a week. Needless to say, when I peeled I had two totally differnt skin colors. It’s been about 6 years since then and its JUST starting to fade.

So while I think brides should take caution to prevent tan lines, sometimes one day years before can ruin it :/

Post # 5
7300 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@bride123: I’m black but carmel colored and I hate tan lines. Mine are so noticiable if I get caught outside for more than 10 minutes in a tank top. I really try to avoid the sun at all costs. I’m going to be walking around in the summer with an umbrella. Seriously.

Post # 6
1480 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I have the tan lines you speak of. I was really careful all summer and then ONE day of forgetting the sunscreen and playing a beach volleyball tournament ruined all my efforts! The lines have faded a lot but I can still see them.

What measures can I take to get rid of them?

Post # 9
202 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I agree I was in my sisters wedding and the four bridesmaids had strapless dresses. I made sure to tan and never wear straps leading up to the day…not the other bridesmaids though. Take a look at the pic, it looks horrible! My wedding is going to be in Dominican so I know tan lines will be a plenty so I’ve decided to have straps on my bridesmaids gowns for sure. 


Post # 10
5118 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I agree that I don’t like the look of tan lines, but like other PPs have said it can’t be avoided sometimes. Whether it’s a summer engagement and your lines are already there for a winter wedding, or just one unlucky burn day, stuff happens. I personally dislike strapless dresses, so wearing only tube tops and bandeau bikinis is an entire summer of no-fun just to avoid tan lines for one day in a Bridesmaid or Best Man dress. Hopefully some bronzer and maybe a little tanning lotion the week before will help blend them out. If my friend asks specifically for us to do our best, I will, but lifeguards and other outdoor summer workers can’t really avoid it with their work outfit requirements, and I won’t make my girls feel bad or hit a tanning bed if they’ve got lines either.

Post # 11
5984 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I agree they are tacky too but sometimes it just happens. I was training for a half right before my wedding (June) and i ended up getting too much sun on a long run two days before (even though I wore sunscreen). and ended up with tan lines on my wedding day πŸ™ BUT…I had a strapless with a bolero (that i never took off). the bolero covered my tan lines (thank goodness!!!) but in some pics you can see it. For example the pic below. it is because how i was standing but still! ugh….i could not believe it! 



Post # 12
627 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I am so worried about this! I am going to try my best to avoid it… tube tops starting in April!

Post # 13
7081 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I had some tanlines thanks to a hot day in the sun preparing for the wedding.  I wore sunscreen, but it had been a long time since I had been in the sun and I tan very easily.  Oh well, no big deal and it’s only noticible in a few pictures.

Post # 14
1325 posts
Bumble bee

I do think it looks odd. If it was a casual beach themed wedding I wouldn’t be bothered by it as much. I personally have a permanent freckle on my upper chest and arm/shoulders. I plan on having these addressed if I ever get married. I have very light skin, and anything V-neck shows a half circle shape area with freckles and then the pristine white that’s just a little lower.


However, regarding tan lines and whatnot, I would think that a good photoshop artist could easily fix those. So…. try not to get really bad tan lines, but if you do see if your photographer or the editor can fix them.

Post # 15
5822 posts
Bee Keeper

Wow.  Interesting topic…

Post # 16
155 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I was beginning to wonder if I was the only person who noticed this all the time…… πŸ™‚

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