The thought of bridesmaid dress shopping can cause instant anxiety for some girls. Learn how to reverse that stress and enjoy the experience with our expert tips.
If you have ever struggled with body issues or lacked in your confidence in your appearance, the invitation to go bridesmaids shopping may not be as exciting as it should be. If this is you, you are not alone. In 2011, Glamour magazine released a survey that showed 97 percent of women had at least one negative thought about their body during a single day. This is scary. For those of us who work in fashion it is vital that we celebrate the bodies of our clients, and encourage their confidence. We know that when bridesmaid dress shopping you’ll never find the style you’re looking for, if your self-image is not true or positive.
So today we wanted to share our tips on how to embrace your silhouette, remove your stress and enjoy your bridesmaid dress shopping experience.
Start off Positive
If you already know that normal dress shopping makes you grumpy and negative, do your best to get your day off to a positive start. First, sneak in a small workout to release some endorphins and follow that with a healthy breakfast to refuel your body.
Keep the momentum going by looking in the mirror and telling yourself three things you’re grateful for in life. While it may sound ridiculous, practising self-affirmations (positive statements about yourself) has been proven to boost feelings of self-worth and respond better to stressful events.
What Do You Love About Your Body
Everyone has at least one bit on their body they like. Focus on that specific trait while you are bridesmaid dress shopping to avoid dwelling too much on things you dislike.
Look for the positive points wherever you can, and you’ll find it keeps your body positivity high.
Try and Suggest Styles that Flatter Everyone
We all have different body shapes that deserve to be celebrated with the right dress. If you do a little shopping research beforehand, you might be able to steer the bride-to-be in the direction of certain styles that will flatter everyone.
For example, the A-line is a classic shape because it is universally flattering on most body shapes. If the bride is open to it, she can also create a unique look for her bridal party using bridal separates, which can be flattering for different body shapes as well.
Finally, don’t forget that the bride can always take advantage of the mix and match bridesmaid trend. This look is so popular because it allows bridesmaids to choose a unique style that flatters them.
Say How You Feel While Bridesmaid Dress Shopping
If the bride is polite and reasonable, she will want everyone to look and feel comfortable in their bridesmaid dresses. While you should still put your game face on and be open to trying on what she suggests for you, don’t be afraid to share how you feel.
If you don’t feel comfortable in a certain dress style, let her know when she asks for your thoughts. Speaking up could give another bridesmaid the courage to voice their concern too. As long as you’re careful to give constructive feedback, the bride will no doubt appreciate how you feel.
Be Yourself, Don’t Compare
Your body is no less or no more beautiful than anyone else’s.
It can be difficult to avoid negative comparisons when shopping as part of a group. But while you’re busy fretting over not having a tiny waist, the rest of the bridesmaids could be lusting after your amazing long legs!
By constantly comparing yourself to others, you’ll only be robbing yourself of the chance to celebrate your own unique beauty.
Resist Ordering a Smaller Dress Size
If you decide to order a dress that is one size too small because you swear that you’re going to lose weight by the time the wedding day arrives, you may regret it in the end.
Not only is this unrealistic, but it’s also an unhealthy way to motivate yourself to lose weight. Besides, if you don’t meet your goal in time, you’ll be stuck with a bridesmaid dress that you can’t wear.
If you want to lose weight to be healthier, by all means—go for it! Just don’t let a friend’s wedding be your main source of motivation.
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