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Stephanie Hayes, Katie Sanders, Kameel Stanley, & Keyonna Summers

An unexpected bandage dress miracle



The other day, I shopped for a dress to wear to a friend's wedding with two of my most honest friends.

We stopped in White House Black Market. I pulled out a patterned frock from the clearance rack, as I am predictable and like to hide my body behind waist-flare. My friend Hilary pulled out a teal bandage dress from the "instantly slim" line for me, a style so far out of my comfort zone that I think I just nodded silently and averted my eyes to the rest of the rack. I have hated bandage dresses for so long. I thought they were reserved for thin, straight bodies.

Peer pressure won the day, and I tried it on. I closed my eyes, felt the fabric all around, asked for help with the zipper.  My friends reacted with big eyes, open mouths. I peeked.

It was not what I expecting -- it was good, something I never say. I felt confident in my curves, something I rarely feel. I was happy and comfortable, but also a little uncomfortable with how much of a departure it was for me. "It's Katie like you've never seen her before," I said to myself, and then aloud. 

The material was tight and thick, but also stretchy enough for me to dance the night away at the reception. There were touches of modesty to make it church wedding appropriate, like the low sweetheart neckline balanced out by 3/4-length sleeves and a longer skirt. A flattering splash of color.

Full disclosure, it did take one What Not To Wear-style heart-to-heart with a sales associate before I bought it. In the end, I took Hilary Duff's advice -- "Why not take a crazy chance?" -- and I'm glad I did. I received many compliments and had no regrets. I understand now why "why are bandage dresses flattering" is a popular Google search.

Let it be a lesson for you all: You don't have to write off a style for your body just because it's not being worked in an age- or figure-appropriate way at Forever 21. Look around your usual stopping points, and pay attention when something says "instantly slims!" Sometimes, it is for real.

I'm a bandage dress believer.

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 3:37pm]


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