I was 18 when I had the epiphany that I would never be a size 0-2. Not from a lack of trying, with the crazy diets I put myself into and the exercise I did. My body just didn't go that way. I would always have that chubby girl body-type, a little top-heavy and curvy to the max. Then I realized that just because I was not as skinny, or as 'typical-pretty', I did not have to settle and wear sweats forever. I could still look good - through clothes. They're not just a thing you put on your body for me. They show people your personality, your drive, and makes them, for a while, look past body size and shape, and just you. A perfect outfit is my version of a high.
So for today, here are some tips I have for dressing for your body -
Since the internet, we have all this source material to go to. Finding street style and celebrity-style that suits you is so attainable nowadays. Use it. Go to sites like Lookbook, Chictopia, WhoWhatWear, and even pinterest. Find people who have similar tastes, similar body types, as you. See what they do, what silhouettes they choose, what pieces they go for. Me, for example, am so drawn to Kelly Osbourne. She's fierce. She's slimmer, but still retained some chub, and yet she dresses awesome! Always on-point for me. Also, I check a lot of blogs, a lot of streetstyle sites, a lot.
2. Be honest about what you can and can't wear.
I hate to be the one to say this, but there are some things for each body type that just doesn't match. And until you become honest with yourself, you will resort to hating your body instead, believe me. For me, that trend is the current 'Normcore', everything-loose trend. Being a little on the short and chubby side, everytime I tried to wear all-loose layers, I ended up looking like I'm swimming in fabric. I need to have something fitted/structured in my outfit because it's what matches. It may shame me to say but I hated myself for a while. Then I realized it was just a trend. I know who I am and I love that, so I finally accepted it.
3. But don't be afraid to try something new every time.
Yep, it may sound like such a contradiction to the point above, but my point is actually that I tried. You'll never know whether something would be a great part of your style or not if you've set up your mind that you won't. If I never tried the Normcore trend, I would never find out that I loved sneakers. Or Birkenstocks. Or that I loved boyfriend jeans that I used to be so scared of. It's a fine line between trying and self-hate, I know, but try things on, at least - when in dressing rooms or in front of a mirror - because you'll never know what would suit you.
4. Love the person inside the clothes.
I know this sounds super cheesy, but bear with me. You know that saying right? That 'Confidence is Key'? No matter how good you look, if you don't believe that, then there's no point. They're clothes. Yes, they matter, but not as much as you. Don't beat yourself up for not looking good. Stop telling yourself that nothing looks good on you because you're not thin/tall/pretty enough.
And that's it for this post! Tell me what you think in the comments below. Also, if you want to see more articles for me, you can go over to My Fashion Stage since I'll be posting weekly for them for this month. My latest article is about 'What to wear for Valentine's Day', which you can find here. They also have a contest, with great prizes! If you wanna join, just sign-up =)
See you soon,