As we get older, some might say our bodies lose their charm. Skin which was tight during our teen years becomes saggy. And, when that happens, it can do significant damage to self-confidence if you let it. Many of us resort to wearing baggy clothes, something less skin tight. Anything to hide the fact that we’re no longer as thin as we used to be. Dresses certainly don’t get a look in anymore.
But, removing dresses from your wardrobe could be a mistake. These glitzy items of clothing are, in many ways, a fantastic way to boost confidence. Nothing beats going out in a small black number and knowing that you look GREAT. By removing that joy from your life, you could end up feeling even worse about the situation. But, what can you do to overcome this dress phobia which keeps overwhelming you?
In extreme cases, it’s worth either turning to a diet, or getting the help of a liposuction clinic like Sculpture Clinic. Both of these options will help you reach a harmonious place with your body again. If you can tone the bits you don’t like, then you’ll be in a much better position to delve back into dresses.
In the meantime, we’ve got some pointers to help you embrace this fashion staple once again.
Opt for less revealing choices
There’s no escaping the fact that older ladies require less revealing dresses. It’s time to admit that you’re not going to look good in that number which practically shows your private parts. It’s just not appropriate or appealing, and it’s no wonder you don’t feel like you can go out that way! But, there are some fantastic dresses out there which are a little less revealing. The chances are that these will look much better, and will help boost your confidence. You could even use dresses like these as a step in the right direction, then get more risque as your confidence grows. You can do it!
Work on posture
You may not realize it, but our posture goes a long towards making us look good in dresses. When you have a baggy jumper on, it doesn’t matter if you’re hunched over with bad posture. No one will be able to tell anyway. But, a dress reveals your body much more, and a bad posture is sure to show. Hence, your whole appearance may suffer. Instead, work on good posture. Make an effort to keep your head high, and your back straight. Something like a simple yoga practice would help here, or just spending time in front of the mirror.
Practice makes perfect
Like with anything, you aren’t going to be good at this straight away. That’s especially the case if it’s been awhile since you wore dresses. But, the more your practice, the more natural it will feel. These are feel-good clothes; you just need to adjust to them again. Practice wearing dresses around the house, or out for small trips. Then, you’ll be much more prepared to reach for one next time a big event comes around.
So, I got a nice chunky voucher to use over at Ozsale.com.au, and, after browsing a bunch of options, like Footware and Kids, i was good to myself a managed to get three cute as dresses for under $100.
All three are Worship dresses, two the same design with different prints and the other a bit different for me.
I love and hate buying from these clearance sites, LOVE the prices, but am always scared something won’t fit. But two worked out well, the green which you don’t see will be passed on to a friend! Cute dresses to wear into the summer social season!
I maaaaaay have gotted red cabbage on my dress at the pickling workshop. but the OMO 48 hour I picked up at the Blogger’s Brunch did the trick!
Following a sucky Centrelink apt (yeah yeah, I’ll apply for things other than speech jobs, but if there are speech jobs there, I’ll still be applying for them as first call) I got some retail therapy in – Target, Big W, Best & Less, and Lifeline – to get a few more summer things….
HUGE fan of Target’s ballet flats – I’ve worn through a lot of cheap, colourful shoes from this range over the last few years (this is a good thing)! Today I got the beige ones for $15, and the red and orange ones for $7 a pair!
A couple of cute Avella floral dresses – knee length and sleeveless ready for summer – from Big W for $25 each. I wanted to buy another one – a long atrappy maxi dress in blue – but someone had ripped a few seams presumably while trying it on, and there was only one in that size :(
Another couple of spaghetti strap summer “Hi-Lo” dresses from Best & Less – I do like how the women’s range goes through from size 8 to something in the 20s while still having cute designs and the same prices – $20 in this case!!! (and are comfy!)
Then $4 well spent on a pair of shoes that was originally $130 according to its inside sticker!
And I FINALLY got me some sickly GRAPE Hello Kitty Body Spray ($3 this week instead of $5 at Chemist Warehouse!)
I’ve only been a bridesmaid once in my life, and us girls wore black ;)
(perhaps fitting as I believe I was threatening my Bro-in-law’s life in this photo)
The dress was a simple one, off the rack at Myer, bought a month before the wedding, because everyone was SO organised :p I think it worked out well enough, with our gorgeous silk flower bouquets (while still look just as awesome to this day, if a little dusty), and DIY makeup and hair at home. We all rocked up with our makeup bags and nail polishes, got out the hair curlers and straighteners, and took care of each others looks while nibbling on cheese and sipping bubbly. Oh and taking dorky photos of each other. No princesses here!
Of course we could have gotten all professional and fancy, but I think it’s great that we didn’t, and it fitted with my sister’s style much better. I love simple a classic styles for weddings, nothing to flippy or frilly. Of course I would have liked to have worn a colour other than black, but that dress has been worn many times since! Bonus! I’m pretty sure cheap bridesmaid dresses, or formal dresses, and DIY hair and makeup can be almost as special as forking out for some stranger to come in and do it all.
Given my attitude towards marriage in general, let alone the fact that I’d be unlikely to return the favour, I’ll be surprised if I’m ever invited to be in another bridal party, but I loved that I could be there that day for my sister. :)