Monday, March 3, 2014

A Benefit to Being Invisible

I was waiting in line at a coffee shop this week and overheard an interesting conversation between 2 young women. I doubt if they noticed me and even when I moved when they did I was invisible to them. For a change I was happy to be a tangible ‘fly on the wall’ so I could eavesdrop on their conversation.

One of the young women was telling her friend what a hard time she was having finding a wedding dress that would show off her tattoos. This woman I observed had tats on her hands, arms, legs and chest. Not just a few but bright brilliant colors of big flowers and geometric patterns all over.

Very popular in wedding dresses is the strapless style. You can imagine why my curiosity piqued to find out why this style was not going to work for her. It seems her back tattoos, not visible in the coffee shop, are the issue. A backless dress with a strapless front is an engineering problem. How does it stay up and stay up when dancing?

Here you can visualize me shuffling next to them to hear more about this very unique situation that I am sure plagues many women. How indeed does a dress showcase as many tattoos as possible?

Would spaghetti straps really ruin the look? Would a fitted sweetheart front and V-back not be enough exposure?

More details were overheard easily as the milk steaming was rather loud. This woman is matching her flowers to her tattoos and is waiting for August to be able to get them in season. This was a new reason to me on picking wedding colors and date.


Bridesmaids’ dresses was the next subject and I was almost busted. In fact the bride to be turned around and faced me. I was almost leaning on her shoulder to overhear and pretended to have shoe problems. It must have worked because they continued talking and I was once again invisible!

I am truly showing my un-coolness and age. I thought finding a flattering style, and price the big issues in buying a wedding gown.  Guess not.

Has your invisibility been fun to you? Do you know how a backless, strapless gown could stay up? Have your heard before this tattoo exhibition problem in a wedding gown?

10 comments:

Roz Warren said...

And I thought I'd heard everything...

Haralee said...

Thanks Roz for your comment,Fashion is always changing!

Carol Cassara said...

I would've done exactly the same thing. What a great anecdote and a view into a world that's unknown to me!

Helene Bludman said...

Haralee, that is just a hoot. My how times have changed, to put it mildly. Great post.

Lois Alter Mark said...

That is hilarious! Visible tattoos and strapless/backless dresses were never an issue when I got married! Fascinating! No wonder Harry Potter used his invisibility cloak so often!

Haralee said...

Thanks Carol for the camaraderie!

Haralee said...

I know Helene, who knew such problems!

Haralee said...

Thanks Lois for commenting. Middle age women don't need Harry's cloak!

Lori Lavender Luz said...

I woulda been straining to hear, as well, as this predicament isn't one I'll likely ever experience.

Great conversation to be part of the wallpaper during.

Haralee said...

I know Lori, it was an eye opener for me, who knew!