One year ago, my younger brother got engaged in Israel. July 6th 2016 was the big day.
Israeli weddings are very different than American weddings. We focus on the DJ, alcohol and food (it better be good). If you thought the Huppah would be the most important event of the evening, then you are wrong. Rather, an open bar – with the excellent food you’ve eaten coming up as a close second – is the most important part of an Israeli wedding.
And then you need to be dressed up for all this.
You don’t wear gowns or tuxedo at an Israeli wedding.
The most formal man you will see at the wedding will be the groom and usually it will last until the first couple of dances. Then, he’ll change into a t-shirt (yes, a t-shirt). For women, cocktail dresses are quite enough.
July in Israel, when it is hot and humid, what could I wear that is classy and breezy?
For months I was looking for something to wear and couldn’t find something that wowed me.
“Did you find a dress?” my mom and my friends kept asking me, and after weeks of searching I realized that I don’t even want to wear a dress. It was never my thing.
“What about nice jumpsuit?” my friend offered. “I can you see you in classy jumpsuit looking sexy and comfortable,” she continued. She was right, and now, I just needed to find one.
I spotted a stunning one on the Nordstrom website. The colors and the pattern caught my eye. I clicked on it, and there it was: “designed by Diane von Furstenberg”.
My search shifted to the DVF website and I was overwhelmed.
The designs, colors, patterns, especially the cut. “Mom, I found what I want,” I told her when I texted her DVF website. Five minutes later she called me, “Hagar, do you know who she is? She invented the wrap dress. I used to have lots of those in the eighties”.
While my mom told me about how she loved to wear DVF dresses, how classy they were, and flattering to her body, I was already reading Diane’s bio, and I was filled with empowerment.
Her story, and the fact that she truly understands a woman’s body, I was hooked.
I know, it sounds so corny, but this is what I felt when I got to see her website for the first time because everything looked so feminine, classy, sexy, like a woman should be.
Like I wrote, I decide to look for jumpsuit – a royal blue timeless jumpsuit to be exact.
The time flew by, and I was still looking for my jumpsuit everywhere I went: NYC, Miami, Atlanta, online, and occasionally checking the DVF website. One month before the wedding, I was doing my morning routine and checking her website again, and there it was:
New Arrivals: Royal Blue jumpsuit
That same weekend I went to her store in Lenox Mall to try on the dreamy jumpsuit.
The experience in the DVF store was my empowerment moment.
The girls in the store were approachable, nice, welcoming, and treated me like every woman deserves to be treated when she is going to buy clothes. With no rush, I tried on the jumpsuit, and another few items, but the jumpsuit was the perfect fit. They completed my outfit with gold sandals and jewelry. I looked in the mirror and felt beautiful, confident and sexy.
“Every woman needs to have in her closet at least one DVF item”, my friend Chelsea said to me after I bought my first DVF. I couldn’t agree more.