It frustrates me to no end to see beautiful girls wax on poetically about their weight and why they just canít wear certain things or buy some new fun items until they lose [insert number here] pounds. Sure, Iíll give you that certain styles look better on certain kinds of figures, but that works both ways Ė curvy figures donít look great in skinny jeans and especially slender girls canít fill out a sundress in the same way a curvy girl
can. My point isnít about certain styles Ė itís about dressing the body you have right now.
Your Flaws Revealed
We all have them. Yup, I have some unfortunate spots on my body as well every other person I know. The only people with perfect bodies are those who have stopped buying into the mediaís preoccupation with perfection. While we might lament over our legs being too short or our hips being the wrong proportion to our waist, the fact of the matter is there are clothing styles for all of us to look great and if your body shape means things fit strangely at times, thereís a solution for that, too Ė get the clothing altered or look for something in a different shape. Wearing clothing that fits oddly actually emphasizes flaws Ė it doesnít hide them.
Looking Sharp and Feeling Good
You feel good when you know youíre all pulled together. Looking sharp doesnít mean you look like youíll thread a needle with your flat tummy. It means your clothing fits your body well and that your girly curves are nicely emphasized without being forced on the world. Clothing that skims the body rather than adhering to it like plastic wrap is more flattering for everyone, especially those of us with a few extra curves here and there.
There are also so many beautiful pieces that help to hide certain areas without being totally obvious. For example, if you have a not-so-flat tummy, the large gathered tunics that band around the hips are perfect to look slim without having every squishy spot on display. But more importantly than obsessing about the fit of your clothing is to worry about how you feel in them.
You know when you look good. You stand straighter, you smile more and you feel pulled together. Look for clothing that gives you this feeling. You might not find the perfect outfit on your first try or even your second. It might take hours in the dressing room to find clothing that just feels right on your body, and when it feels good and looks good Ė take it home. Also note the designer or the brand as fits are often consistent across the brand and you can narrow down your search much faster the next time around if you know where to start.
Waiting for Weight Loss
I wish you the best in your weight loss goals Ė so long as they are healthy ones. But I donít wish for you to sit around in clothes that look sloppy and arenít fitting correctly anymore waiting for a certain size. If your clothes are too tight, get some in a bigger size. Cut out the label if it bothers you Ė itís a number, not an engraving on your soul. Once you realize how much more flattering and comfortable clothing that fits can be, youíll never want to squeeze into another outfit again.