Little Dresses and Big Confidence

By February 23, 2011body image

by Natalie Lynn Borton

How many of you have ever bought a dress for a special occasion, and come the day of the event realized that it doesn’t fit quite like it did when you first purchased it? Whew, I knew I wasn’t alone!

That happened to me once when I was a bridesmaid for one of my best friends. Like a good little bridesmaid, I ordered my dress within the right time window and made sure it was in my closet well before the day of the wedding. It was a little snug to start, I admit, but I figured, the wedding is months away–surely I’ll lose a little weight before then and it’ll fit perfectly! I was so wrong.

If anything, I think I gained weight before that wedding. By the grace of God I was able to zip that snug little dress with some assistance, but it was far from the perfect fit I’d hoped for. It was tight in all the wrong places and showed off all of the wrong curves. I was self-conscious all day during photos, and definitely not my usual self on the dance floor. Who can bust out their moves when their wearing a dress that’s not even close to their size?

I learned a valuable lesson that day: little dresses aren’t worth it. Big confidence comes from knowing who you are and owning it. At the end of the day, nobody knows what size you wear–they only see whether you’re comfortable in your body or not.

QUESTION: Do you have big confidence in the girl that you are and the body you have? What situations in your life have led you to that?

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