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Old 09-28-2012, 02:31 PM
 
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My daughter recently became engaged, so I have beeing watching shows like Say Yes to the Dress etc., and all they show are strapless gowns. Do they still have alternative tops, or is this all the are making nowadays?
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Old 09-28-2012, 02:44 PM
 
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Gowns with straps ARE available... and straps can be added to just about any style.
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Old 09-28-2012, 02:49 PM
 
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True, but strapless/sleeveless isn't a good look on every woman, or she might just want something different from what every woman on Say Yes to the Dress has.

My friend who got married this summer forwarded her bridesmaids this article: Strapless wedding gowns: They’re unflattering. Why are they so popular? Section: DoubleX - Slate Magazine

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More diversity in wedding dress styles wouldn’t just help sleeve-loving shoppers like me. At the risk of alienating virtually every married woman I know, I maintain that pulling off a strapless dress is no easy feat. Other common problems that the strapless dress presents? Visible tan lines. Spillover cleavage. Pouches of skin that bunch around the armpits. Stick-figure arms. Uniboobs. Generalized sagginess. And having a good figure alone doesn’t guarantee you’ll look great in a strapless style. One colleague, already thin and in shape when she got engaged, detailed the extensive workout regime she underwent to ensure her arms were strapless-ready. While I have known gorgeous brides who’ve pulled off their bare shoulders with flair, why does the bridal industry expect women to fawn at the chance to wear the one style of neckline that is far from universally flattering?

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Old 09-28-2012, 02:50 PM
 
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My daughter recently became engaged, so I have beeing watching shows like Say Yes to the Dress etc., and all they show are strapless gowns. Do they still have alternative tops, or is this all the are making nowadays?
There are some magnificent, gorgeous traditional wedding gowns out there. Google "modest wedding gowns" and you will see for yourself.

My wedding gown (1st marriage) had long sleeves and a very modest neckline. My thoughts are that if you are saying vows before "God", then you really shouldn't look like a tart.

20yrsinBranson
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Old 09-28-2012, 02:54 PM
 
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My daughter recently became engaged, so I have beeing watching shows like Say Yes to the Dress etc., and all they show are strapless gowns. Do they still have alternative tops, or is this all the are making nowadays?

They are the "most made" because they are the easiest to make take apart and alter.
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Old 09-28-2012, 02:59 PM
 
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My daughter recently became engaged, so I have beeing watching shows like Say Yes to the Dress etc., and all they show are strapless gowns. Do they still have alternative tops, or is this all the are making nowadays?

It's the Vera Wang effect. Her designs are generally strapless. I agree, it is the look right now.

I was married in the 1980s when gowns were very frou frou - mine had a high collar and an illusion neckline.

I think I've seen dressed that mimic Kate Middleton's rather conservative dress.

Young woman today spend a lot of time at the gym and like to show off their arms. That might be another reason.

I also think that it's a very classic look. Personally, I would have looked better in it than the one I had!

Do you like it?
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Old 09-28-2012, 03:02 PM
 
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No matter what the current style is a strapless dress be it wedding or other event is not always the best choice for some women. They look fabulous on some and not so fabulous on others, that being said any dress can be altered a bit for personal preferance. Straps can be added, a small jacket of some sort, sleeves, a lace covering, whatever it takes to keep the basic look/style of the dress yet make the bride feel comfortable and beautiful.

Congratulations to your daughter.
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Old 09-28-2012, 03:06 PM
 
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My daughter recently became engaged, so I have beeing watching shows like Say Yes to the Dress etc., and all they show are strapless gowns. Do they still have alternative tops, or is this all the are making nowadays?
Congrats!!!! I am so happy for you! May I suggest Light in the Box? It's an online weding dress outlet that has a variety of styles with many lovely gowns under $300.

Today girls are spending SO much on a dress - money that could be used for a down payment.
I am all for looking beautiful on your wedding day, bit it seemd to me that NO ONE needs a dress that cost over $ 1000. And even THAT'S stretching it.

My humble opinion.
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Old 09-28-2012, 03:08 PM
 
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Congrats!!!! I am so happy for you! May I suggest Light in the Box? It's an online weding dress outlet that has a variety of styles with many lovely gowns under $300.

Today girls are spending SO much on a dress - money that could be used for a down payment.
I am all for looking beautiful on your wedding day, bit it seemd to me that NO ONE needs a dress that cost over $ 1000. And even THAT'S stretching it.

My humble opinion.
Mine was $250.00, JC Penney catalog, 1983.
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Old 09-28-2012, 03:38 PM
 
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Mine was $250.00, JC Penney catalog, 1983.
Got mine at a sale for even less than that. And if I do say so myself, I was a beautiful bride! Of course, no one even noticed the dress - they were blinded by my smile.
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