I flew into Toronto last weekend for the sole purpose of shopping for bridesmaids dresses. If that doesn't make me one of the best MOHs out there, I don't know what will.
I planned to be there for moral support only. I have the luxury of standing next to five other bridesmaids, all beautiful (and thin, I might add), so my confidence level was at an all time low. I have a very different body type, so I knew it would be impossible that we all felt comfortable in the same style of dress. Yet, we did, and I learned a few things along the way.
1) Undergarments Are Important
Just like our momma's taught us. Wearing proper undergarments are important for two reasons. First, you want to see the real dress. Having a supportive bra with removable straps and underwear to slim you is integral.
But, there is a less obvious reason. Many of the dresses we tried didn't zip up. Either they didn't fit properly, or the zippers had been used so often that they were breaking. Our area was in front of a window, so luckily I was wearing suitable undergarments or the entire street would have been in for a show.
2) You'll be Distracted by Color
Talk about a generalization. Maybe you won't, but I was. No matter how beautiful the gown, it's hard to look beyond an ugly color, so be prepared for that.
3) You'll be Modeling for Everyone - and They will be, too.
We only went to Ritche, so I can't speak to every other experience. While we were there, whenever someone tried on a dress, everyone else would peek and determine if they wanted it next. We were swapping with strangers and calling dibs on dresses all day.
4) You Really have Nothing to Worry About
My biggest fear was standing aside as all of the bridesmaids stepped into the size two sample dresses. Boy, was I wrong. I didn't see a dress smaller than a size 10. Instead, the sample dresses are bigger so they can be clasped to size. Turns out, I was actually the PERFECT model because I filled the larger sizes out better. Bring on the chocolate.
5) It's all About the Bride
I mean this literally and figuratively. First, it's literally all about the bride. It's her day and it's her vision. If it's not the dress you would have chosen, tough.
Second, it's all about the bride. Your experience will depend on her. I, luckily, have the most gracious, kind sister ever. She understood my concerns about my body, and though I told her I would wear anything she put on me, she ensured we were all as comfortable and confident as possible. Jenn gave us all an opinion in the dress, and made sure the one we chose suited all of us.
To ensure full disclosure, know this - I detest shopping. It stems from a mixture of being lazy, being poor and having a completely disproportionate body. Last weekend, I was pleasantly surprised.
A Boston girl via Toronto. University of Toronto, Sheridan College, and Boston University alumna. Passionate about ending domestic violence. Hoping to never go a day without carbs or chocolate.