Today, I’m going to tell you a story. The story of a woman that I met at a store opening and fashion blogger event. It’s not unlike the story of the ugly ducking. Let’s just say that when you look glamorous on the outside it is easier to feel glamorous on the inside.
The Reason She Dressed
A while back, I had been invited to a store opening and fashion blogger event. The kind of event where bloggers are asked to try on the clothes and take pictures of themselves.
At first, I was a little reluctant to accept the invitation because I don’t really like these events and I had to drag along my toddler for the evening because I didn’t have a sitter. Thankfully, he really likes the fashion crowd and we ended up having a nice time.
The evening was going along nicely and then SHE walked in:
Real Mom Street Style – Meet Anna
You know those women who are just STUNNING. Those woman that make you turn your head and think…. “wow she is beautiful”. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m a pretty nice looking lady, so I just want to make one thing clear…. thinking another woman is BEAUTIFUL doesn’t make you any less beautiful. It is not self-depriciating behavior to give a compliment!
I asked her “are you a fashion blogger?”
Her response was “NO! Me? No! Why?…..Did you think I was one? Really? ….me?”
Um…… Ok. So you mean to tell me you are drop dead gorgeous AND modest….GET OUT!
She is an accountant from the Molise part of Italy and works together with a fashion blogger that was hosting the event. We started chatting and she proudly told me she was a MOM of two beautiful boys, then proceeded to pull out her phone and show me their pictures! She is sporty but LOVES dancing and is currently taking a belly dancing class.
She went to the event to get “advice” from the bloggers there. Others commented on her “old” look… she *obviously* needed to be updated. However, I really liked what she had on! Nice leather, high heeled boots, a boxy plaid knit sweater, a fun hat and a great shift skirt.
She lacked confidence. And confidence is key.
After trying on a few outfits she started to feel silly. As though she was the hopeless outsider that no one could fix. Then, she turned to me and said;
“I want YOU to dress me!”
Really? I’ve never dressed anyone in my life aside from myself and my son. There was that one time, I picked out clothes for my sister and she ended up looking like a 65 year old retired school teacher from the 50s. But that didn’t stop me! I said “O.K., what colour is your bra and are you ok with showing a little skin?”
Earlier in the night I had noticed this INCREDIBLY sexy, sheer black top which was elaborately embroidered with beadwork on each side. It was stunning, sultry and PERFECT for her. I paired it with a pair of red and black Jacquard pants and told her to put it all on.
When someone tells you that you are beautiful, you become beautiful. Which is why we should all tell ourselves we are beautiful more often.
As she changed into these clothes she transformed.
Who was this vixen sticking out her incredibly sculpted legs out of the change room? Was it the same girl who was trying to hide before?
Excuse me? Are we still in a small clothing store in Modena or have you just transported to me to some luxury cocktail bar in Paris?
ALL EYES WERE ON HER. She was centre stage, she was so incredibly sexy that she radiated energy and excitement. These photos cannot capture the mood of this moment. It was like a Vogue fashion shoot. She modeled, she posed …. she knew she was beautiful.
Clothes Create Confidence
Have you ever tried on a pair of killer heels and felt instantly incredible? Have you ever noticed that people only post pictures of themselves on facebook when they are at a wedding and are all dolled up and dressed to the nines?
When we look our best, we WANT to be seen. I honestly think that there is too negative a connotation attached to the word “vain”. There is nothing wrong with looking great and wanting to be seen.
Anna walked into that store a wallflower and came out a supermodel. Needless to say she bought the hat, which was so perfect for her face and frame. It made her FEEL good and it showed.
And that is today’s story and real mom street style, happy Tuesday and now its time for the linkup!
I am SO HAPPY to say that I have my very first co-host this week, meet Jill from Doused in Pink.
As a co-host I want to feature some of her recent looks from her blog, which is an everyday life and style blog. She creates some nice combinations that can be easily achieved with items most women already own and I love her sense of community in the blogging world and her really positive attitude.
Please feel free to visit Jill this week and if you would like to co-host please let me know. This is a free opportunity to introduce the bloggers I love to my readers!
Jill from Doused in Pink
Now it’s your turn to linkup!!