A Moral Tale
I’d like to share with you something that happened to me recently that maybe you can relate to.
In February, I decided that it was time to add a few dresses to my wardrobe, especially as I have dropped a little weight and been exercising regularly.
While having coffee with friends at our favourite café which also sells clothes, I tried on this dress in the graphic on the left. It is a slim-fitting princess line and fitted round the waist, hips and thighs and was a perfect length (unusual at my height).
THEN VANITY STRUCK. It was a little tight around the bust but still felt ok. As it was down in the lower range of sizes I wear, I overlooked the tightness. Ah, my size vanity blinded me!
Last week I wore the dress to a lunchtime networking event. When I got home, I had pain in my chest and back from the dress. I have never experienced dress pain vanity before and it frightened me a little. I had to change into my most comfortable, loose clothes to give my body a chance to recover. That night I went to another event in different clothes and could still feel the pain.
I can let the seams out a bit and if it feels more comfortable around the bust, I will give it another wear. If it honestly still feels tight, off to be recycled it goes.
It’s Happened Before
This is not my first experience with the pain of vanity. Mostly I have suffered it with shoes. I also remember mini-skirts. That pain was emotional not physical – the pain of being very careful sitting and bending so as not to reveal too much.
I have learnt my lesson and will not buy clothes tight across the bust again, ever. The pain of shoe vanity may be harder to overcome.
There’s usually a pattern. Now I realise that all my vanity pain has been related to clothes that make me feel sensual and sexy (one of my clothing personality traits). There’s a positive and a negative to most things.
What are your ‘pain of vanity’ experiences and what is your lesson? Share them on this Blog post.