It doesn’t fit again? Story of my life right now! The biggest wardrobe challenge for me after having a child has been finding clothes that fit right. They tell you that your body changes but you have no idea until it really happens. I was always the petite one growing up and I never had much trouble finding things to wear. I could walk into the GAP, Ann Taylor, and J Crew; pick my size, purchase, and things would just fit.
Being a mom has changed this and I am ok with that. I did experience a difficult pregnancy and have a miracle child so I am truly blessed. I know one day I will focus on weight management but right now I am focusing on being a mom and enjoying this phase of my life. I feel more confident in my skin now than ever I did when I was less than 100lbs.
That was one of the main reasons I started my blog. I was now experiencing so many challenges finding something fashionable to wear that was flattering for my figure. I wanted to provide encouraging posts, outfit inspiration, and tips for women my size (smaller or larger) that face these same challenges. Quick things you can do as a woman on-the-go to find the perfect outfit while staying on trend.
Here are some of the things I do to create a slimming look:
1. Focus on colors that I know look good on me. Colors can make a huge difference in how you look. Wearing darker colors on the bottom can create a slimmer look overall. To learn how to find your colors- read my suggestions here.
2. Make sure to cover up areas that I think are not flattering. Some easy garments that do this are dresses with sleeves, vests – which cover back fat, and capes that take the focus away from your midsection.
3. Wearing heels. As a mom, I not always in heels but I try and wear them when I go to events and non-kid parties. Heels really elongate your legs and create a slimmer look (even if they are not 5 inches).
4. Understanding what lengths work best. In dresses/skirts I have to do short or long, nothing in between is flattering. I know in pants I usually can wear ankle or long. Knowing the lengths that work best saves you time and effort and you can then (well sometimes) shop online.
5. Remember, just because they make things in all sizes does not mean they should be worn. Look to see how something drapes your body and take a picture. The camera does not lie.
I hope that I will always provide some encouragement for women like me that struggle to find clothing quickly. We can all look great by taking the time to understand our bodies and using some simple guidelines when shopping. I am sure my weight will change again soon but I love to eat so the struggle remains. I must say Kate Moss lied when she said, “Nothing tastes better than skinny feels.” Yes, Kate- tacos do!
To see more of my outfit posts, click here.