I pulled out this vintage wool dress I got from my friend Julie Ann, put it on and felt really cute. I love the cut, the satin bow at the shoulder and the neckline. I was hesitant about the drop waist, but it looked good in the mirror..or so I thought.
After reviewing the photos, I was not happy with how the dress made my pear shaped body look. I know, I know, woman's bodies aren't fruit, but it's a way to describe my, 'small on top and larger on the botttom', body type. The dropped waist emphasis's my hips and belly area, which are two places I try to minimize as much as possible. Ugh! I got upset and changed my whole outfit 15 minutes before leaving for work. I was going to delete the photos and not share them....
I changed my mind and wanted to share. Why? Because I'm not perfect. I don't have a "perfect" body, but it's mine and that's all I know! I embraced trying a new style and though it's not the most flattering thing I've worn, it made me happy. I should have just gone with the way it made me feel=cute and happy. The worst thing was that I let looking at a few photos effect me, made me feel that my body was ugly or lumpy or I just focused on one area.
Blah, I fell into the microscope of self judgement and forgot to see; how cute the outfit looked as a whole, how I liked my hair, my brows, or I'm smiling because Derek and I were chatting in the morning. Fashion is supposed to be a fun expression of yourself, not something to beat yourself up with or for it to bring you down. Hell, we also don't stand around all day looking like we're posed for pictures! Unless, that's your job...well then.
Our bodies are our temples and we should decorate it everyday for celebration to make ourselves happy without regret and judgement. -My new mantra.
Thank you for reading!