. . . Mother of the Bride.
I'm not teeny-tiny but I'm not the biggest woman in the world either. My proportions (and modesty) are such that there are parts of me that I'm not comfortable showing off to the world. I'm the average age of a mother having a daughter more than old enough to be married. I live in the midwest where October can be very cold and sometimes snowy. I also live in a small town in the midwest where I have to travel a couple of hours to find almost everything! I'm a major procrastinator and have a hard time believing that it takes 3-4 months to order anything from the main warehouse and get it to the local store. Ever hear of UPS or FedX?
Are there no dress designers that can create a dress for the real woman? A special occasion dress that is practical, yet beautiful? Something that is well-made and looks better on a person than just on the hanger? A dress that doesn't cost more than the wedding itself?
I'm discouraged, disgusted and disappointed.
These are examples of what I encountered on my most recent MOB dress excursion ~~
Low-cut, taffeta, two-piece.
Result if worn: Things popping out that shouldn't pop out; after wearing all day for photos, a wrinkled mess before the actual wedding; every time an arm is raised a tummy is exposed.
Ruffed, bolero jacket, three-quarter length sleeves.
Result if worn: Yes, most of us want our stomachs and hips to be the focal point of a dress, don't we; where do those bolero jackets really end up each time you move? Yup, stuck somewhere under your armpits; and the shorter sleeves - I just hate them. Yuk, yuk, yuk! But I guess they make room for a wrist corsage (which I am NOT wearing, thank you).
The one-shoulder, form fitting dress.
For many reasons - no, no and no.
The strapless ball gown.
My prom was many, many years ago and I don't wish to recreate it. Unless I get to go with HIM again. Hmmmm . . . visions of a first love (but a real loser).
The slit up the leg.
Believe me, NO ONE wants to get a peek at the cellulite on my thighs!
The typical mother of the bride dress.
All one piece with a long jacket. Usually accompanied by a few rhinestones around the scoop neck and jacket edge. It just screams 'it is not YOUR day, it is the bride's day so please blend into the walls'.
I would like to wear a long dress because once I left the business world, I swore I would never put on a pair of pantyhose again.
But maybe I should go SHORT! And tight! And hoochy! Really make a lasting impression on all of the inlaws!
*sigh* Can't I just wear the same dress I wore for my son's wedding?
Now, your assignment for the week is to write letters to all of the dress designers and let them know what we woman want. Beautiful, elegant, well-made, age and body appropriate attire!