A wedding dress becomes your wedding dress.
You’ve made a commitment.
Your dress is a reflection of who you are and what you believe in.
You have been chosen.
Your body is the symbol of your identity.
And if you want to take back control, you’ve got to embrace what it means to be you and how you express yourself.
The idea that a dress is merely a garment to be washed and worn and discarded is deeply entrenched in our culture, says Amal Chaudhary, the founder and director of Dress for Less.
“It is the way we talk about the way a person looks in their wedding dress and the way they dress themselves.
It’s how they dress with friends and with partners and with family.”
A dress is the one piece of a more elaborate ensemble, and this makes it a lot easier to embrace the way you dress, Chaudpary says.
“The dress is just the first step.”
For some people, dress is more of a matter of style, rather than substance.
And that’s why the dress designer has been quick to make it a priority for their clients.
They’ve designed dresses that are timeless and feminine.
But what if a dress changes how you think about your body?
What if a wedding dress can be a powerful tool for body positivity and empowerment?
When I first started talking to wedding dress designers, I was struck by how much more difficult they felt to find a dress that reflected their body in the way that I thought it should look.
And even more difficult to find one that reflected my body in that way, as opposed to the way I thought I should look in my wedding dress, she says.
But that’s exactly what is happening now.
There’s a growing body of research showing that people are choosing to dress more in the ways that they feel comfortable and who they are.
There’s even a growing demand for more supportive, comfortable and functional wedding dress choices.
In addition to changing how you dress in a wedding gown, the dresses are also part of a shift in how we think about gender and identity.
As a society, we often look at our bodies as something to be manipulated and changed, says Chaudsary.
We often see a dress as a symbol of beauty, of self-expression, and of a certain type of identity.
But for many people, the dress is also a powerful symbol of body and identity, and for that, a designer has to think about how to make a dress fit a body, not simply a dress for the bride.
“I think it is an opportunity for designers to be honest with themselves,” Chaudary says of the process.
“We have to find our place in the world.
I think it’s about saying to ourselves, ‘If I am in a certain body shape and in a specific body type, is this dress going to be comfortable?
Is this dress for me?’
Because we have to accept ourselves and what we are and the ways we present ourselves to ourselves.”
A wedding gown is a garment for a certain purpose.
And while it may not be the one you are going to wear to a wedding, it’s a garment that you will wear for many years to come.