(Closed) why are most bridal gowns strapless?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
Hostess
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think it’s just because it’s a style a lot of people wear.  There are other options out there, you will find something!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I would say because its the popular choice. BUT there is a TON of other options out there dont worry!

What about the strapless dont you like? Is it the armpit fat thing ( I totally have that!) Try a sweatheart neck?

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I don’t know why they’re strapless, but I’ve had a couple of friends add straps. It’s not hard and looks good.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Private home

I say its a conspiracy with the strapless bra makers 🙂

Now that the fall/winter collections are out, you’ll probably find more sleeve and off the shoulder styles than you will with the spring/summer. Also try looking for vintage inspired gowns as they are more likely to have sleeve and a variety of necklines

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

One reason Strapless gowns are so ubiquitous:  strapless gowns they tend to be the easiest to alter.  Just put the average girl in a strapless dress, the alterations would just include taking it in and shortening the train.  Pretty simple.  If you add straps or sleeves….girls have different shoulder widths so sleeve width and positioning would also have to be altered on top of all the standard alterations, which can be very delicate and tricky!  

FYI — i know this because i specifically sought out non-strapless dresses, ended up wearing a halter/sweetheart neckline.  I guess I have narrower shoulders than most so the alterations were tough!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I didn’t get a strapless dress, but my consultant told me that strapless gowns are the most universally flattering. That’s not to say they look good on everyone, but I guess they do on a large proportion of women. 

I think @absolutbettie is probably also correct in that they’re easier to alter for different body types/heights etc. (Case in point: I’m going for my first dress fitting this morning and the only alteration I need other than a small hem and adding a bustle is shortening the straps…not sure who they were made to fit since I’m 5’10” and quite long!).

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Strapless dresses are the style of choice as many women don’t like the fact that nothing is else is available. They also are not flattering on a majority of women, despite the mass misinformation insisting otherwise by those who want to make a sale or who don’t like the idea of any bride being different than themselves, but really the only other option is to get a Temple Ready LDS gown or get one custom made by a seamstress in your area, neither of which many women are willing to do who complain about the lack of choices. The wedding dress designers who are currently out there have no imagination and are not willing at all to branch out into other styles that are more flattering and/or appealing. As long as people continue to buy the strapless gowns, they will continue to be made until a designer comes around who doesn’t make anything strapless and takes over the wedding dress industry.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Oy! A sore subject for me too. I not only did not want a strapless gown, I wanted sleeves too! I eventually found dresses with sleeves that I liked but it did take some serious looking!  Strapless – It’s a fad, a trend. Strapless definitely does not work for everyone, you would think the wedding dress  industry would be aware of that .

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I also wanted a gown with straps, which seemed impossible. Many “non strapless” were halter, which I think is awesome for full-figured/large bust but wasn’t really interested. Many others were matronly and/or had sleeves.

So, I’m having straps added to mine. Pretty easy too. And since I got a wrap with my dress that I won’t use, tons of ‘free’ material to make them with.

I don’t know why the strapless gowns are the rage.

 

I really, really hate mermaid gowns (no offense to anyone…just not my fav!)

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I don’t know!! Everyone tells me I need to wear straps (I guess since I’m more plus sized ((WTF??)) )  It seems like anything WITH straps isn’t as pretty! 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

@Ms_Charisma: I am with you about mermaid gowns, as well as pick-ups. Not that I would ever tell anyone what kind of dress to wear. The best thing for any bride to wear is that glow of happiness!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

So true @bluespurrs!! 

@M.Ruder – wear what makes you happy! If you want strapless, wear strapless!!! 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Are you sure you don’t look good in stapeless?  That is what i thought too, and it turns out MOST people actually do look good in them.  They are generally VERY flattering.  Try them on at least, and go from there.  I don’t believe they are just a fad!  They have been “in” for the last 10 years!

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I knew I didn’t want my now-husband to know what my dress looked like before we got married, so before I went dress shopping I asked him if there was anything he absolutely didn’t like.  His one request was that I not get a strapless dress because “most women just don’t look good in them.”  That was fine with me because I knew I didn’t like strapless dresses on me.  I ended up finding a beautiful v-neck sleeveless dress.  There are other options out there.  You don’t have to get a dress custom-made for you to find them either.

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