Should you Say Yes to the Dress?

An estimated 198,000,000 roses were given out this week to women all over the country. My daughter and I each got a dozen of them. Her’s are white, mine red.  My husband teased us as we debated over which vase we would each use to display their beauty.

It’s not only size that matters.

It is important that all the flowers fit properly into a vase; the stems must be supported without being crowded. But it’s more than that. The color should compliment the flowers and accentuate the best parts of the arrangement.

Choosing the wrong size or color vase is not the only thing that could take away from the beauty of a bouquet.

Style is key.

Roses are a classic representation of beauty. Throughout the years have  become accepted as pleasing in all sorts of vases. Perhaps it is their simplicity and versatility that makes them so desirable no matter what they “wear,” but without a doubt this refined flower is most stunning in a classy, well-finished vase.

Imagine a simple bouquet of wild flowers in that high-quality vase. A little awkward don’t you think? How about an exotic, tropical arrangement in a earthen vessel? Some styles just don’t compliment each other well, instead they compete with each other.

Choosing the wrong size or color vase is not the only thing that could take away from the beauty of a bouquet.

Your beauty is like that. 

Like flowers, women come in all sorts of styles and what we wear is what holds us up with dignity, like a vase. When we chose outfits that do not compliment our authentic style (our personal Img.ID) our image is actually competing with our beauty.

Yes, a bouquet of flowers in a vase which is completely opposite its style can still make a beautiful statement, but the statement that a woman makes when wearing an outfit that doesn’t compliment her style isn’t usually favorable.

An outfit that competes with your personality makes an awkward statement  

I’ve witnessed a lot of these unfavorable statements this week as I have been out prom-dress shopping.

Just because you like a style doesn’t mean it likes you.

This statement may be hard to hear, but understanding it will make your life easier. The girls I was shopping with knew their Img.ID; they tried on half as many dresses as the girls we saw going into the changing rooms excited and coming out disappointed, frustrated and exhausted.

The secret to dressing for any formal occasion is knowing who you are: 

  • Like the rose, the Classic Beauty should dress in high-quality attire with well-finished touches, keeping her focus on traditional looks and avoiding any extremes.
  • Like a daisy, the Natural Beauty should dress casually; when she is required to be more formal she should keep her look very simple and be sure to include texture (nothing too smooth).
  • Like the tropical flowers, the Dramatic Beauty should dress in high-fashion, especially for formal occasions, keeping her lines straight and avoiding frills.
  • Like the baby’s breath, the Ingénue Beauty should dress in youthful, feminine looks in lightweight fabrics. She should include frills, lace or tucks.
  • Like the orchid, the Romantic Beauty should dress in soft, sophisticated, feminine looks that flow over her curves. She should avoid anything tight, revealing or low quality and consider floral or feathery patterns.
  • Like the calla lily, the Gamine Beauty should dress in sleek styles with tailored edges and bold, contrasting colors (at least three). She should avoid rough textures and anything sheer, flimsy, delicate or plain.

For visual ideas on What2Wear (for formal or everyday wear as well as hair, makeup, accessories, etc), be sure to visit my Pinterest page and click on the board that represents your Img.ID. You can find it at https://www.pinterest.com/catwelch

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Catrina Welch is an inspirational author and speaker whose passion is empowering women and girls to BE and LET BE. Her expertise as a cosmetologist, image consultant and Biblical life-coach, as well as her personal experiences with abandonment and grief make her message relatable to anyone dealing with rejection, betrayal or loss.

CoversSidebar280x150-1Her latest book, CONFIDENT BEAUTY: Reflecting the One Who Made You, with the Images in your Mirror and in your Soul, will soon be available as an audiobook. Autographed copies of all her books are available on her website at www.CatrinaWelch.com

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