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We snarfed down some crackers and cheese to hold us over and headed to the shop full of prom dresses. Yes, it's only March, but it's fun to get to the shop within a week of its opening. The selection is great and it's not terribly crowded.
I was amazed (as usual) at the vast variety of shapes, styles and colors. It would shock me if anyone left empty handed. There were rows and rows in all sizes, every color of the rainbow (plus all the metallics), and styles including mermaid, a-line, trumpet and ball gown.
Yup, I'm one of those people. Addicted to the fashion shows, especially on TLC. I will not say no to watching "Say Yes to the Dress" or "What Not to Wear" or my new favorite, "Love, Lust or Run." I'm by no means a fashionista. Allison thought about majoring in fashion merchandising or purchasing for awhile, but to us, fashion is a hobby. One we watch and find interesting from our couch!!
I think the most intriguing aspect of fashion is the psychology behind it. Perhaps people feel like it's important to look like a fashion model - thin, angry, angular. Then we have more curvy models (hooray!) featured. Women especially are caught up with the size printed on their clothes, and we can't help but feel inadequate when the number is two digits.
The good news about today is that I saw more smiles than frowns. Even when girls tried on a dress that wasn't the style or color they wanted, the salesgirls and moms were all smiles. The music was upbeat and the lights made the sequins sparkle. The salesgirls were complimentary with every single dress my daughter and the girls around us tried on. When some girls didn't want to step out of their dressing room, the salesgirls went over and provided positive feedback.
It's all about feeling your best and wearing clothes that you love. If you're into fashion or fashion psychology, I recommend Stacy London's book, The Truth About Style. She is so supportive of women wearing clothes that accentuate their positive attributes and make them feel good.