It was Saturday afternoon and we were entering the very crowded lobby of Kleinfeld, the fabled wedding dress store in Manhattan. Our daughter, Olivia, was making her way to the main desk to check in for her appointment. Uncertain how they were going to accommodate all these people, we soon realized they knew what they were doing and at the appointed time we were shown into the salon and seated facing a mirror to await Olivia’s arrival in one of the dresses she was trying on.
We watched as women came and went, some timid, others exuberant, heading to their corners of the room. They paraded by in different dresses of assorted shapes and mixed trimmings. Some had deep décolletés, others low backs; some necklines were lace, others just plunged. Some styles were slinky, others accentuated waistlines. Some seemed wrong; others had so many frills the women almost got lost.
Through the commotion we heard oohs and aahs drawing our attention to admire. But it was only when there was an outburst of applause that we realized a young woman had said, "Yes—this is my dress!" The expression from the TLC show is “I said yes to the dress!” We watched as some people gathered and the rest of us turned to admire the bride who was smiling, holding a frame with the words “I said yes to the dress!” as everyone snapped pictures.
It is an experience!
But the real experience is what happens to the woman when she knows she’s selected her DRESS, the one that is perfect for her.
While looking in the mirror, she sees the refection of the woman she knows she is: beautiful, confident, happy. And as she looks at her audience, she realizes she is also admired.
The smile that appears on her face is magical because it is pure. She is experiencing pure pleasure at seeing the woman she dreamed of being staring back at her and realizing she was there all along.
What made this experience so special was that it didn’t just happen once. It happened every time a woman found her dress.
That a dress can make such an impact is thought provoking.
Can dressing up, both for men and women, make us feel good, stand a little straighter, and put a smile on our faces? If so, then clothes have power and are well worth the effort.
BTW—I’ve omitted telling you about Olivia’s dress because I’ve been sworn to secrecy. I can tell you that she found her dress and that she and the dress are gorgeous! I’ll show you after the wedding.
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