*Today’s post is written by guest blogger, Sarah Ford from Bitchy But Bubbly Sarah’s recent published on Huffington Post gave me the boost I needed to remind myself that confidence comes from within”
This is it. You’ve found the guy. He’s put a ring on it. The date is set. Now it’s time to find the perfect dress. This is probably the most important clothing purchase of your life. No pressure, right?
If you’re anything like 99% of women, regular clothes shopping can often be stressful and intimidating. You try something on, it gaps here or is too tight there, and the rest of the afternoon is a bust. It can be tough. Just thinking about shopping for your wedding gown makes bathing suit shopping sounds like a champagne dream. But there’s no need to get stressed out while shopping for your wedding dress or any clothes for that matter.
You want to look and feel beautiful and confident on your big day and always. Here are a few helpful hints to feel your best in the dressing room and beyond.
- Be selective in your posse
Everyone has an opinion and wants to be helpful. But having Grandma, Aunt Sue, your sister, your four bridesmaids, along with your mom and future MIL all in the dressing room and a part of the dress selection process adds to the pressure. Shopping for your wedding dress needs to be as fun and stress-free as possible. And sometimes that’s difficult with your 10 closest relatives in tow. Remember that this is all about YOU. It’s about how you look and feel. It about what you want to wear on your wedding day. It’s about what makes you smile when you look in the mirror.
- Don’t be set in stone
It’s super easy to print out pictures or tear out gorgeous dresses in a magazine and think, “This is it.” But try not to box yourself into the “I want a dress like this” bubble. Try a few different styles to see what works on your body. You never know what dress is going to look best. And don’t worry about the size. Get the dress that fits and flatters your body, not your ego. Be flexible and open to what works best for your body and budget.
- Be kind to yourself
It’s the simplest and most forgotten rule in the dressing room and in life. You know the inner dialogue that runs through your head when you’re standing in front of the mirror? Sometimes, she’s wrong. Actually, a lot of times she’s wrong. No one is staring at your arms or your chin or whatever body part you think you need to be at war with. Your body is beautiful, no matter what size you wear. Own that, and you’ll always be beautiful.
Your wedding day is about you and your love. Focus on that, and you’ll never go wrong in a dressing room or anywhere.
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