Playing Dress Up - My Sex and the City Moment
Last year my friend Kari and I went to see The NY Philharmonic play the score of the movie The Godfather, with the movie playing on screen above them. It's part of an ongoing series they hold at Lincoln Center and it pretty much sums up why I live here. It's amazing.
As crossed the big plaza in front of Lincoln Center we saw hundreds of people in gowns and tuxedos. Young and old. We asked around and found out it was the opening night of the Opera and this was the big gala they held once a year. I thought that was definitely going to be something I added to my NYC bucket list and we vowed to find out how we could attend the following year.
Flash forward a year later and I get a flyer in the mail from the NY Philharmonic advertising their season opener gala. Symphony not Opera. Even better. (Sorry Opera peeps, but I'll take instruments over Sopranos any day.) So I reached out to Kari and my friend Sharon and we jumped at the chance to get tickets. Now, since this gala is Black Tie and shocker, I don't have a floor length gown in my closet, we decided to Rent the Runway.
Rent the Runway is an awesome concept whereby you rent a dress rather than buy one. All dresses are high end designer and cost significantly less than if you bought them. You can order a dress online in more than one size, but they also have a showroom in NYC (as well as other cities). So we made an appointment to get fitted with a stylist. You fill out an online questionnaire with your event, your style taste, your size etc. Then you show up for your appointment and get to try on gowns to your heart's content. The one drawback in going to the showroom is they only have a fraction of what you can order online. But honestly, I never would have chosen my dress if I ordered online. It just isn't something I normally gravitate towards, so it just goes to show the importance in trying things on. Plus, I had just lost all this weight from counting my macros, so I had no idea what size I was.
I don't think I've done dress fittings outside of my wedding and being a bridesmaid, and other than trying on wedding gowns, this was the next best thing. Because we all know bridesmaid dresses are the worst. It was so fun to have someone run around grabbing things off racks to bring to me. It was like being on a reality show!
I don't know what possessed me to try the Badgley Mischka but something about it spoke to me. The minute I put it on I knew. I felt like a princess. And it fit like a glove. It was made for my body. I believe this dress retails for $900, but renting it, with tax and delivery and the cleaning fee, was about $150. So while yes, that's a fair amount to spend on something I won't own, when would I ever wear a gown again? And moreover, when will I ever be able to say I wore a Badgley Mischka again. So it was perfect.
We even rode the subway in our gowns, maybe something the women of SATC would never deign to do, but getting all the looks from strangers was worth it. And the weather was perfect for pictures by the historic fountain.
I even splurged and had my makeup done. It was definitely a night to remember. The symphony was wonderful and we got to feel like princesses. Or Queens. Or whatever pretty, empowering dressed up woman comes to mind.