I love seeing what the actresses wear to award shows. Who looked great? Who, despite all her money and a professional stylist, wore a dress that just made me wonder, “What was she thinking?” Which dress could I (almost) see myself wearing … if I could ever have an imagination that great!
Not only would I never have anyplace to wear a gown, but I would never have the body to carry it off. I am not being immodest here, and this is not purely a weight issue. It’s about having curves in all the right places and none in the wrong places. And having a great body image. Even at my goal weight, my body is just not shaped to carry off a strapless or low-cut or skin-tight or high-slit gown. But I enjoy contemplating them, regardless.
At the Golden Globes Sunday night, there were too many well-gowned women to name, but I do want to pay homage to Sophia Loren and Helen Mirren. They have aged so gracefully and both looked so beautiful in sexy yet age-appropriate dresses. I can only aspire to look half as wonderful when I am that age. (Contrast them to Cher who looked like she did 20 years ago – both her dress and her face. What’s with that?) And Monique, a zaftig woman by most standards, looked fabulous in a flattering draped, strapless gown.
As for myself, I have only gotten really dressed up on a handful of occasions, and usually was not comfortable doing so. Reflecting back I realize that I was thin each time; I would avoid fancy social events at my heavier weights. My very favorite fancy dress made me feel beautiful. I wore it (over 22 years ago) to a party celebrating my marriage; I was skinny and in love:) The dress had long sleeves and a high neckline but a totally bare back with a rhinestone clip holding it together at my nape. And ruffles at the hips and below. Horizontal ruffles – could you imagine! And I still felt fabulous in the dress. No bra with the exposed back, but my diminutive breasts stood perky and proud back then. I only wore that dress once but kept it for a very long time. I finally gave it away a few years ago, during a skinny phase, when I regretfully conceded that my body shape had changed for good and I was never going to fit in it again. But I am smiling just thinking about it:)