"Do you have this in a large?"
I first tried it on in the AA store in London - in October I was still struggling with body acceptance, and when I put it on, I felt so strange - the material felt fantastic and the emerald green shimmered with luxury, but my body shape I feared so much was SO visible. My partner was in the changing room with me, and while he was enjoying the soft velvet material and stroking my arms, I wondered to myself - maybe this dress would be able to "trick" my mind into not hating my body anymore. Maybe if I could appreciate the material, I wouldn't be so fixated on the actual shape of my body. Maybe I could actually start to appreciate my shape?
|This is from a photo shoot my friend did for school.|
I'm really happy I got it, it's good for learning how to appreciate your body if you have struggles with that, but in general, it's also a great garment to own if you're really bad with planning outfits - it's good for ~formal situations, and it's easy to just pull out of your closet and put on. The only complaint I have is that sometimes I get it on backwards and then I goofily struggle with twisting it around the right way - but I found that if you hold it by the shoulder seams you can see which side is the low-cut back and which one is the slightly less cut front. Also it rides up a bit, but that's something that isn't surprising at all from American Apparel, after all they are one of the sexier brands, even controversially so.
|Another photo from that day.|