Tuesday, August 24, 2010
I must admit that I've been looking around for quite some time for a dress for my step daughter's wedding. I wasn't even sure what it was supposed to look like or what the length was supposed to be but I was looking. Then, my hubby finally remembered to ask her for more details. It had to be long and blue or purple. She would have preferred black (she's having a black and white wedding - very chic) but I couldn't bring myself to wear black and neither could her mother. What mother wears black to her daughter's wedding??
The search was on for "the perfect elegant dress". The first problem I ran into was that most stores don't carry long gowns, especially in larger sizes. Macy's told me to order one online. I looked online and found a nice dress but wasn't too sure about sizing. Then I found another upscale department store that carried the same dress. I tried on what I thought would fit only to find out that it was way too big (A round of applause here! ) Not only that, but without the jacket, it just hung on me and looked like a sack. Perhaps something besides the scale is showing my progress! That would be the the 5-10 hours a week of exercise that I'm trying to do!
I found a very elegant purple dress that was off the shoulder and sparkly on the top with a chiffon skirt which I was sure that I'd end up with and couldn't wait to try on and I grabbed this other strange looking one on my way to the dressing room because it was hanging on the end of the rack. The purple one was elegant but I wasn't sure of the fit so I came out of the dressing room and amid the oohs and ahs asked the sales ladies what it looked like in the back. They thought it was lovely.
Keep in mind this was something I would never have done two years ago when I first joined Spark People because I was so self conscious. They asked me if I had any others left to try on and I said yes the odd looking one with the bias cut skirt and I pointed to another one. They asked me if I would mind modeling it because nobody had ever tried it on because of the way it looks on the hanger. Honestly, I could see why. It just didn't look that great on the hanger but I figured what the heck. So back into the dressing room I went. The dress is a navy blue knit type material that was cut on the bias in layers with a jacket. The bodice of the dress has iridescent jewels sewn in one small area in the front. The jacket has complementing jewels sewn along the neckline and down the front edges. The bottom of the sleeves are slightly flared. The effect of the bias layering with the strategically placed jewels was stunning. I was shocked! It looked like nothing on the hanger. When I walked out to model it for the sales ladies, it had the same effect on them. Both of them said at the same time, this one wins, it's stunning! They were both glad that they got a chance to see someone wear the dress because it looks kind of odd on the hanger. If anyone would have asked me if I would be buying that dress when I went into the dressing room twenty minutes earlier, I would have said no! Yet, here I was walking out of the store knowing that I found the perfect dress and in a much smaller size than I could ever have imagined I could ever wear!