Schools have dress codes. Workplaces have dress codes. So, what about weddings? Well, that all depends on the individual situations. Some weddings are casual, some are high society black tie events. Choosing what to wear to a wedding has somehow managed to cause quite a bit of controversy over the years. In fact, there are even rules about what you can never, ever wear to a wedding! (A white dress, seriously. Golden rule: don't ever wear a white dress to a wedding!)
Now let's talk about Liz Krueger. She's a 32-year old fitness instructor. With a job like that it's safe to assume she works very hard to stay in shape and takes a lot of pride in the efforts that pay off from all that hard work. I mean, if I worked out all the time and taught people how to have better bodies I would probably also not wear as many t-shirts as I do right now and enjoy the fun that comes with a fit body, wouldn't you?
Liz likes to show off her hard work with an impressive closet of nice clothes that accentuate her hard work, not hide it. In fact, Liz says herself that there is never a dull moment in her closet.
The many looks of Liz Krueger. Whatever the occasion I like to have fun with it. Never a dull moment in my closet. #dressedtoimpress #fashionista #dressedtothenines #occasions #celebrate #beyou #beunique #fun #fashion #festivities #girlie #events #holidays #weddings #parties #work #play #weekend #datenight
So when Liz was invited as the date to a guest to a wedding she didn't hesitate to enjoy the opportunity to dress her best.
Unfortunately, that's where this otherwise positive story takes a turn for the worst. Liz may be proud of her body and enjoy dressing to impress but it turns out not all the other guests at the party appreciated her confidence and they took the opportunity to try and humiliate her for her choice.
According to Liz, as captioned on her Instagram the events unfolded as such:
If only I knew that choosing this dress for a wedding on a 90 degree day meant so many women would be outrightly rude to me, and even come up behind me slap my ass as I’m standing alone. As quote ‘it was a dare from her friends, bc I was a target.’ And then proceed to spill a full beer down my arm. Just one of maaaaany acts of kindness of the night! Yup. That happened. Good thing for thick skin, being able to laugh at things and not take it personally, and good friends/hubby by my side.
Wow, did we read that right? A woman "slapped her ass" and another spilled beer on her?! That doesn't sound like a group of mature adults to me.
And don't get too excited about how appropriate or not you think this dress is to wear to a wedding. Liz says that she did not wear the dress to the church ceremony and that other guests dressed in a wide variety of attire, including some in jeans and t-shirts.
Speaking to US Weekly regarding the fiasco and storm on the Internet, Liz said:
It wasn’t like I was attending a black tie affair in this dress, I have pretty good common sense in that way!
So, how did Liz fight back? Keep reading to find out! You may not believe the turn of events.
When Liz Krueger had beer poured on her and her "ass smacked" just for the dress she wore as a guest to a wedding she had a variety of options for retaliation. She could have mixed mean words with the bullies and she could have stepped out of her heels and raised her fists but she did no such things.
Instead, Liz took her experience and created a positive movement.
I'm starting my own kindness movement #KruegerKindness! Whether it's just a party of 1 (me), or others want to join me! I'm going to actively make it a priority to do good things for other women, every single day from here on out. I'm hoping to inspire others to do the same, just as I have with fitness journey. Anything as simple as a complimenting a women daily, buying them a coffee/lunch, taking the time to speak to someone who's in a hard place, volunteering with girls who have been bullied, getting to know women deeper than surface level and making a point myself to not judge a book by its cover on a daily basis. A movement for women, by women, and it's starting with me! If you want to join me in this movement, share your stories on social media with #KruegerKindness and let's kill all the mean girls with kindness. We live in a world that needs more women willing to put themselves out there for a good cause!!! Who's with me!? #kruegerkindess #killemwithkindness #nomeangirls #nobullying #womankind #liftup #empower #rolemodels #kindessallaround #makeadifference #bekind #supporteachother #respect #complimeny #listen #care #share #girlpower #strength #haveavoice #beheard #cometogether
#KruegerKindness is a simple movement, it's all about encouraging each other as women no matter what we are wearing.
Liz said on Instagram:
I’m going to actively make it a priority to do good things for other women, every single day from here on out. If you want to join me in this movement, share your stories on social media with #KruegerKindness and let’s kill all the mean girls with kindness.
Sounds great, right? I think so. Wondering how the response from the public has been? Liz can elaborate:
People have been saying, ‘I’m in!’ and ‘I love this!
As expected, not everyone is "on board," and the Internet has no shortage of negative-Nancy's.
Dresses inappropriately for wedding in attention-seeking clubwear, creates online "kindness movement" named after herself.🤔 #KruegerKindness— julie s. (@julee07) July 6, 2016
Luckily, the Internet is overwhelming with support for Liz and her movement to end body shaming.
#KruegerKindness You looked amazing in that dress! Body shamming needs to stop. Those that are body shamming are insecure.— lestine harris (@akgurl78) July 7, 2016
Only mind the suggestions, comments and opinions of those who love you, seek 4 ur best and care for your happiness #KruegerKindness— Laurencio Ronquillo (@SonLaurencio) July 10, 2016
#KruegerKindness bullying is not an option. Don't let others get you down! Instead embrace the positive, love and support— Jojo (@HapiGabby) July 10, 2016
So, what is the final verdict? Liz says that she would be comfortable wearing this dress to another wedding reception, but only if she knows more about the other guests attending. She says:
This wedding I accompanied a friend to, so I didn’t know any of the guests personally. I’ve been to so many weddings in my adult life and worn so many different styles of dresses.
Well, we hope to see a lot of positivity come out of her movement... but we're also eager to hear your take! What do you think about Liz's scandalous dress and the subsequent movement of kindness? Let us know!
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