Treat time girls – another guest blog from our lovely friend Jo Hoare, Style Editor of heat magazine who’s planning her wedding… and was dreading shopping for her dress!
Wedding dresses: My first time
I have to admit I really wasn’t looking forward to wedding dress shopping. In fact I was dreading wedding dress shopping to the point of weeping into my Cheerios the morning of my first trying on session.
A somewhat strange reaction for someone who shops and styles clothes for a living?
Hmmm.. the issue was whereas I have no problem approving outfits for a gorge size 8 soap star or putting together a look for four super photogenic girl banders, when it comes to my own body I’m not quite so confident.
As a size 12-14 (and let’s be honest there are definitely more days when I’m the latter not the former) with G cup bosoms and standing at just five foot one, I was terrified of walking into a posh shop where snooty assistants would say “Oh no, we don’t have much for you dear”.
A friend’s horror story of being told to stop looking at a certain rail because that was the section for “skinny girls” and she needed to move over to the “curvy girls area” had been ringing in my ears for weeks so I decided to plan a very low key first trying on sesh. No bridesmaids, no mum, no fuss, just one friend whose style I trusted and an out-of-London boutique, Miss Bush Bridal, that I’d only heard wonderful things about. (PS if you know my mum please don’t tell her, I may have told a tiny fib that I’d go the first time with her.)
Well, what a ridiculous fuss I’d been making over nothing! The lovely assistant made me feel totally at ease, immediately understood what I didn’t feel confident about and in a totally non-judgemental way steered me towards the gowns that would flatter me the most. I left with a completely different idea of what would and wouldn’t suit me – and there was a lot more that would than wouldn’t – and absolutely bags of confidence for my exciting search.
If you’re a nervous bride like me here’s how to get that added bit of confidence before your first time …
A tiny bit of fake tan goes a long way
You don’t need a huge entourage, save the hordes of friends and family for later trying on sessions.
Wear decent undies- the assistants will see you in them so leave the grey bra and laundry day knickers at home
Ditto for hair free legs and armpits
Don’t go bare faced – an extra five minutes spent on your make up that morning will make you feel better when you look in the mirror. Also go with clean hair.
Remember your feet – a quick home pedi will make you feel better when you’re nearly naked in those changing rooms.
Plan something of a treat for after the session – I went for a posh lunch afterwards which made it into a nice girly day.
Enjoy your wedding dress shopping!
By Jo Hoare, Style Editor, heat magazine