How to meet your ex - and his girlfriend - in style
You, your ex and his girlfriend are invited to a wedding? Don´t let your inner armageddon ruin your flawless entrance! Here are the essentials you need to make a perfect impression - at least from the outside
So, your best friends get married. And usually, it would not be a big deal that your ex is invited, too. You are so over him, you would not even mind to spend the night with him just to celebrate the good old times. But - there is a catch. You will meet his new love interest for the first time. That is indeed a bummer. But beware of the anxiousness, dear reader, which is not good for your complexion! Don´t even bother to learn new breathing techniques for the case you get into a panic. And stop thinking obsessively about whether she is younger, smarter or more beautiful than you - she probably is, at least her social media persona you already checked out, didn´t you?
Instead, concentrate on your fabulous self and get prepared: Here are the most important accessories for overcoming the awkwardness.
1. Lots of Water
I am sure you already know that tipsy is the maximum alcohol level for a good wedding guest. So leave the drunken sailor role to the bride´s grumpy uncle - and stay away from the bar for as long as possible. You can of course hold on to an elegant Martini glass - it only enhances your lovely cocktail ring while holding it - and have a sip from time to time. But always have some water in your reach. It is not your wedding, but the big day of your friends - don´t ruin it with awkward scenes.
2. A witty walker
Psychological coaches will tell you that it is perfectly fine to not have a plus one on a wedding. I tell you that in extreme situations, it is not, because there is no more uplifting arm candy than an elegant man! And by elegant I do not necessarily mean beautiful: he can look like Danny De Vito, as long as he is charming, witty, a great dancer and knows how to pull off a Tuxedo (or a cut for the day). A Bradley Cooper kind of guy would be like letting your ex read your cards, right? It is all about deception. So ask your favourite gay friend of a friend out for a night with a free gala dinner!
3. Your resume, pimped
Sooner or later during the wedding day, there will be a conversation. Between you and the lovebirds. To take the lead, start it - and what works better than to flatter the enemy - with a compliment. „I love your dress“, you will know what to say to her. But prepare yourself for the rest of the small talk battle: think about all the cool things you’ve accomplished without him — be it a marathon (nobody needs to know that in reality, you finished a 10 k charity run), a promotion (when in reality you only got a new desk) or your adventure in India (when in fact, it was an ayurvedic spa experience). You don´t have to actually use anything of it, but: it will make you feel more confident. And that always looks great.
4. A mindblowing dress
Dress to impress always works. But this time, pay special attention to the details: does the dress cling to your legs in case you have to wear tights? Does it stay in place even if you dance like Lady Gaga? Or does the slit risk to show off your Spanx every time you sit down? The biggest enemy of self-confidence is a dress you have to constantly adjust. So, in short: your dress should be so party-proof you simply forget that you are wearing it. Try all possible scenarios at home before you decide to wear it - like a crash test, only for dresses. Do not let any boob accidents flaw your perfect impression!
5. Dancing shoes
Killer heels or other types of complicated shoes can become another fashion disaster. Yes, they look great. But you are not on a fashion shoot, but on a wedding, with a lot of dancing, moving and standing around. The biggest enemy of a relaxed, glowing face? Right, hurting feet! Or mules you have to worry about to lose with every step you make. So comfort and practicality is key when it comes to shoes for a good wedding look. I recommend mid-heel heights - and the wedding party will be a walk in the park, not a walk of shame. No objections of course against sky-high heels you already danced a few nights away in!
6. Your old haircut - and face
A little injection would rejuvenate your face in an instant and make you look fresher. And what about a new, daring, cool haircut? Hold your horses and save these excellent tools for reinvention for the time after the wedding. You don´t want to cry your heart out the night before because your lips all of a sudden look like sausages. Or because you sold the long, silky tresses he adored so much to a wigmaker and you now look like a man just because your hairdresser had a bad day. When it comes to beauty, follow the rule: less risk, more fun.