‘No bride wants to look like that’

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Fashion is inherently subjective, and when it comes to wedding fashion, this still rings true. Wedding dresses can vary from the neckline to the shape, sleeves, tulle, lace and more, and each bride tends to have their own personal style.

In saying that, there are always clothing items that are more on trend than others – including wedding dresses. In 2024, fuller gowns, soft whites, detailed veils and gloves are just some of the most popular bridal styles of the moment. But are older or more vintage gown styles still acceptable?

A post on a popular wedding-shaming Facebook page would suggest otherwise. One of more than 90,000 group members reshared a Marketplace listing of a mum selling her circa 1991 wedding dress for $200 as her “daughters don’t want to wear it for their weddings”.

The woman was trying to sell her dress as her daughters didn't want it. Credit: Facebook The woman was trying to sell her dress as her daughters didn't want it. Credit: Facebook

The woman was trying to sell her dress as her daughters didn’t want it. Credit: Facebook

True to its era, the dress is reminiscent of popular bridal styles of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s – it features an ultra glossy, polyester-like material, voluminous puffy shoulders, full-length sleeves with embroidered detailing, and a long, embroidery-trimmed train.

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“I’d be surprised if this one could be given away,” the group member joked when sharing the post.

Other group members flocked to the comments section with a series of comedic responses to the style of the vintage dress.

“That’s the best costume idea ever!” one commenter exclaimed.

Prince Charles trying to calculate how many tonnes of tulle were used for Diana'a dress. Credit: Getty Images Prince Charles trying to calculate how many tonnes of tulle were used for Diana'a dress. Credit: Getty Images

Prince Charles trying to calculate how many tonnes of tulle were used for Diana’a dress. Credit: Getty Images

“Everything in this picture screams US Bible Belt,” another said, referring to the typically socially conservative southern states of the US.

“I can see quite a few reasons to buy this … but getting married is definitely not on the list,” another quipped.

One person even joked that “David Emmanuel has a lot to answer for” in reference to the fashion designer who designed the late Diana, Princess of Wale’s dress in the early ‘80s, which popularised features such as puffy, balloon-like sleeves.

“No bride wants to look like that in 2024,” another Facebook user wrote.

Others also compared the dress to the one Jennifer Connolly wore in the 1986 film Labyrinth, and pointed out that it might make a good Halloween or fancy dress costume.

“Great Labyrinth cosplay,” one member said. “A bargain.”

“Some cosplayer will pay that price for this!,” another agreed.

It was also pointed out that the dress could be used as a Labyrinth or Mean Girls costume. Photo: Instagram/@thiswashollywood/IMBDIt was also pointed out that the dress could be used as a Labyrinth or Mean Girls costume. Photo: Instagram/@thiswashollywood/IMBD

It was also pointed out that the dress could be used as a Labyrinth or Mean Girls costume. Photo: Instagram/@thiswashollywood/IMBD

“I could recolour this and make it a cosplay dress for Labyrinth,” a third commenter chimed in.

One person even said that the dress reminded her of “Lindsay Lohan’s Halloween costume in Mean Girls”. However there were also group members who didn’t take issue with the dress and highlighted how it could be repurposed to suit today’s standards.

“This could so easily be converted into something beautiful!,” one commenter wrote. “What do people want, people to just throw vintage pieces in the garbage?”

“I think a lot of these dresses would look decent if they just got rid of the sleeves and got all of the wrinkles out,” another noted.

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“That’s kind of sh***y of the daughters,” a third person pointed out. “Lord knows there’s plenty of fabric, you can just turn it into something else and boom, almost free dress.”

Who knows, maybe – as with many fashion trends of the ‘90s – puffy sleeves and Princess Diana-era wedding dress styles might make a comeback.

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