Dress: F21 (similar) | Cardigan: American Eagle (similar) | Belt: F21 (similar) | Shoes: Nine West (on sale!) | Earrings: Rachel Roy | Bracelets: Loft
I grew into my body in high school, making quite the dramatic change, and during the past few years my curves have really filled out. However, it wasn’t until recently that I began noticing my clothes weren’t fitting how they used to.
My favorite pieces were pulling all across my hips and bust creating frustration and a whole lot of self consciousness in regard to my body. I admitted defeat when I attempted to pull on a pair of denim ankle crops that succeeded only in making it up to my knees before refusing to inch up my legs any further. And finally, while searching for the perfect item for today’s outfit post, I had to come face to face with the fact that nearly half of my dresses (the prized possessions of my wardrobe) no longer fit me.
Now, I’m not going to lie to you here. I love my body and I’m blessed to be able to create an hour glass silhouette given the right pieces, but I’d be lying if I told you this experience didn’t upset me a little bit. Trying on dress after dress only to discover they wouldn’t glide effortlessly past my hips like they used to was painful for me. It’s one thing to go shopping and have nothing fit, it’s an entirely different thing to have this same exact experience occur in your own closet full of clothes you love and rely on.
At this point you’re probably thinking, “What a sob story,” but it was in this moment of fashion frustration that I remembered something very important. I remembered not to let a too-tight dress or too-small pant get me down, because you don’t have to be stick skinny to be a fabulous fashionista, just like you don’t have to force your way into a size 6 when in reality you look just as fantastic in a size 10. Sure, we may gain a couple pounds and change dress sizes as we age, but size simply doesn’t matter. So forget about size, buy what fits, and own each look no matter your body type!