Post # 1
I’ve seen SOOOO many phtoos (here and everywhere else) of brides and BMs wearing fancy strapless dresses with really noticeable tanlines where their straps usually are. I’m sorry, but I do not understand the point of spending big bucks on the dress, hair, makeup, shoes etc. while ignoring something that is going to show up in every single photo, and could have been prevented by wearing tube tops that summer, or disguised with makeup, spray tanning, etc. I know that it can be difficult to find anything in bridal salons that is NOT strapless, so I understand that it can be a difficult style to avoid. I’m sorry, but a woman can look super classy up until I see those tanlines. Then it’s all, “womp womp.” I actually kinda feel sorry for BMS who obviously never wear strapless styles and get stuffed into a strapless satin thing, with farmers’ tans or huge strap tans.
I just don’t understand it! (And I’m super glad that LOTS of you gorgeous brides on here took measures to not have those icky tanlines, as evidenced by the lovely non-pro (i.e. non-retouched) photos that you post 🙂 so kudos for that, haha 🙂
Post # 3
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
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
@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
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 # 7
I hear you all! It’s SOOOO tacky/trashy. And I burn super easily too. I’m a sun-avoider/full coverage kinda girl 🙂
Post # 8
@jayce: Oh noes! i would think any good salon/makeup artist could get you all fixed up. Spray tans, if done right, could really help. Aw, I feel for you, and I am glad that you are wanting to take measures to avoid those lines 🙂
Post # 9
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
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
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 🙁 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
I am so worried about this! I am going to try my best to avoid it… tube tops starting in April!
Post # 13
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
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 # 16
I was beginning to wonder if I was the only person who noticed this all the time…… 🙂