by NATALIA HAWK
Why is it that 75% of wedding gowns are strapless, considering that 95% of the population do not even suit strapless dresses?
This is the question journalist Katherine Goldstein wanted an answer to, after going shopping for a wedding dress and barely being able to find any with sleeves.
She wrote for Slate magazine:
“For fun, I tried on a peach Vera Wang strapless number with a billowing skirt. I felt like a double-wide cupcake. Spying my lack of cleavage in the mirror cemented one certainty for me: I didn’t want a strapless gown.
This decision turned out to be a problem. Strapless wedding gowns are by far the most common style. Kate Berry, the style director for Martha Stewart Weddings, estimates that while alternative necklines are starting to become more popular, about 75 percent of wedding dresses are strapless.
She came up with a couple of theories as to why so many women choose strapless wedding frocks – even though they’re unflattering:
– Brides interested in following tradition find themselves hemmed into having a floor length gown, but they still want to feel beautiful on their Big Day, and so they opt for strapless, skin-exposing numbers in an effort to avoid dowdiness.
– Designers prefer to make bridal gowns strapless because they’re easier. Sleeves are tricky, and dresses without them are much more quick and painless to alter.
Let’s face it – there are very few winners in the world of the strapless dress.
If your boobs are large, you may suffer from what’s commonly referred to as “spillover cleavage”. If your boobs are small, the dress won’t stay up. If your dress is tight enough to stay up, you may have to contend with that issue we have dubbed “The Armpit Muffin Top” which is really not ideal but very very common.