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Farmers tan impact dress decision?

Liz, on September 13, 2020 at 6:19 PM Posted in Wedding Attire 0 11
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Farmers tan impact dress decision? 1

So I'm outside alot and drive frequently for my job, so I have and have always had a serious farmers tan and serious drivers tan (left arms darker than my right) I'm getting to the point where I'm about to go schedule to look at dresses and am wondering if I should keep these tan lines I have in mind with choosing the style of dress or if there's other ways to address them so I could get something sleeveless.


Latest activity by Liz, on September 15, 2020 at 5:59 PM
  • Jana
    Master October 2022
    Jana ·
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    Use a sunless tanning lotion from the local Target to even it out.
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  • Katie
    Expert January 2021
    Katie ·
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    I’d try a spray tan or self tanner to even it out.
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  • Kristen
    Rockstar November 2020
    Kristen ·
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    I walk my dog often and I have noticed the sports bra tan lines and my dress is off shoulder. I may start wearing a t shirt but worse case I never go to tanning booths (I am black so not needed lol) but I will need to figure out something for the day of.

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  • Samantha
    Devoted October 2021
    Samantha ·
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    Do you use sun screen? The tan should clear in a couple of weeks or a month, but you really should always protect your skin. As pp said, you could always even out with a sunless tanner.
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  • Kerin
    Super February 2021
    Kerin Online ·
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    I wouldn't stress and just plan to do a sunless tanner to even yourself out. 😉 the professional places won't turn you orange or use product that will bleed on your dress.
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  • Hermione
    Expert February 2020
    Hermione ·
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    You could just work with the tan and get a dress with sleeves.
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    Super July 2017
    Becky ·
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    Find the dress you love and then figure out what you want to do about the tan lines when you have your dress. Don't limit your dress choices because of a weird tan line because there are ways to hide them (spray tan, sunless tan lotion, etc.)

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  • Shirley
    Devoted November 2020
    Shirley ·
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    I agree with PP that you should pick a dress first and then work out the tan line issue later. Is sunscreen and/or very thin long sleeve shirts for a couple weeks before the wedding an option? Or, on the flip side, are sleeveless shirts an option for certain times at work or on your own time to even things out?

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  • Lorraine
    Dedicated January 2021
    Lorraine ·
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    I wouldn’t worry about tan lines when picking your dress. There are things you can do to lessen your tan. On a side note, when I was commuting for work, I kept a long sleeve spf shirt in the car to throw on and wore lots of sunscreen on my face.
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  • Kari
    VIP May 2020
    Kari ·
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    I'm fair skinned and burn pretty easily, and we got married in late May, so still pretty early in the summer. I was able to avoid any tan lines (even with a 5 day trip to Florida) at all by being SUPER diligent about applying sunblock and wearing long sleeved shirts whenever I could.

    However if you always have a bit of a farmers tan, aren't good at being consistent with sun protection, and are planning a later summer/fall wedding, I'd definitely consider how much effort you want to put into avoiding getting a tan or evening out tan lines when selecting your dress. While you can use makeup and products to tan your untanned skin, getting an exact match is tricky and anything like spray tan or makeup has the possibility of coming off on your dress or other's clothing. If you feel like you are not going to make a habit of doing sunblock or protective barriers (like long sleeved clothes) then I'd pick a dress that can more easily disguise an uneven tan.

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  • Liz
    Dedicated August 2021
    Liz ·
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    My tan definitely get lighter in the winter due to living in a cold weather environment and having to wear longsleeves all winter. I also know from years of experience ever after being fully covered up in the winter, my tan lines will still be there once spring/summer come around. If I'm super protective next year and wear long sleeves and apply sunscreen I may get it to be a bit less but I'm pretty sure they'll still be there.

    I also wonder whether my MUA could do body make up... hmmm
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