Photoshop is an amazing tool. It can put you at the Pyramids, make your skin flawless, add filters, make you thinner, make you rounder, but did you also know that it can make you CRAZY?!
Jennifer Lawrence fessed up to the magic of Photoshop in regards to her Dior campaign – adding that “People don’t really look like that”. If you look close enough at a lot of ads, you can see that they are completely doctored and altered and just downright insane! The Huffington Post even has an entire section dedicated to rooting out the ridiculous.
But, somehow, even though we all know this, we expect ourselves to look like those FAKE pictures. We see this often in our profession – women obsessing about their bodies and/or wanting clothing to do something that is just doesn’t do in real life.
So, while you’re shopping for your wedding gown or evening gown or bridesmaids gowns, be realistic. Remember that you are a living, breathing, moving human being and your clothes are also soft and three dimensional (hopefully)!
Here, I present to you, a partial list of the things you can let go because in real life, everyone and everything has flaws. That’s what makes it sooooo much better than living in 2D.
-Even very thin women often have muffin tops and that roll above a sleeveless dress.
-Seams are sometimes visible.
-Most people have cellulite. Again, even very thin women.
-When you move, your clothes move. They need to.
-People are asymmetric. Proper tailoring can fool the eye to an extent, but again, people also move.
-Some gowns are more opague than others. Especially with natural fibers. Do your best in the underwear department, but understand some lines may show on certain styles. Even those vintage wedding pictures were re-touched. Women have always worn slips and corsets and girdles and bras…
-Choosing the proper cut garment and altering it appropriately will ensure you flatter your figure. You don’t have to be a perfect hourglass – hardly anyone actually is. It’s all about underwear and choosing the proper cut!
-You can’t lose 20 pounds in a month. And you shouldn’t.