Being in a pageant is never easy. It requires a lot of work, both mentally and physically. Besides the diet and exercise needed for swimsuit and the skill preparation for interview, there’s the elegance factor for evening gown.
Picking a gown for this national pageant was by far the most challenging thing I’ve ever done. I consulted with numerous pageant friends and even my fitness trainer to pick the one I thought would be perfect. After what seemed like an endless process, I chose a white Mac Duggal. I had never done white before so I was nervous to order it.
It came about 3 days later and upon trying it on I was a little nervous. I always have problems with my chest when it comes to dresses, and this one was no exception. I procrastinated getting it altered, but finally did, adding some support to the top and getting the bottom hemmed up.
I picked it up a few days ago and was so nervous and anxious to try it; I mean, nationals is only a week away! Upon trying it on (at work no less) I realized I wasn’t happy. Yes, its a gorgeous gown and it was now the perfect length, and flowed beautifully. However, I just didnt feel like myself. The top still didnt feel supported, and I felt it made me look larger than I was; it did nothing for my form or body. The past few days I’ve been so stressed going into nationals that I wasnt going to do well because of this dress (not to mention freaking out because another girl has this dress in another color)
I was shopping in the mall today for an opening number dress when I came across a rack of sale gowns for after prom sales. I was just browsing, not intending to find anything, when I came across this electric blue one. Lately I’ve been gravitating to blue gowns and this one just jumped out at me. The tag said $30 on sale of the original $100 so I grabbed it to try on for fun or maybe as a backup to the white one. However, I tried it on and immediately fell in love with it. Needless to say I bought it, and was even happier to see it was on sale even more! It was a steal paying $18.03.
All night I’ve been sitting at a baseball game contemplating what to do. How can I possibly compare a $600 designer dress to a silly non designer $100 one? But then I realized, it’s not the dress that matters; its the girl in the dress. Judges aren’t looking at designer or cost or color or anything. They are looking at the total package, and for a girl that is poised and confident. And for me, this blue dress makes me feel absolutely amazing in every way.
And with that, I am now 100 percent ready and confident to compete in one week for American National pageant finals.