Flattering Or Fattering…
Up until the last few years I wouldn’t have worn anything like this as I would’ve considered that it wasn’t flattering because it doesn’t fit closely to my figure.
That’s changed over the last couple of years for a few different reasons – my work life changed, I dealt with breast cancer, I was influenced by Instagram and finally – I cut myself some slack!!
When I was working my preference was always to wear professional and highly tailored clothing, with the exception of Friday’s when I would coin the “fifties Friday” concept and I’d wear one of my 1950’s retro looks.
Now I wear an eclectic style of whatever I like, including this oversized distressed jumper, and I thought I would show you both ways I’ve worn it of late – and probably neither of them is what I would say was particularly flattering on my curvy hourglass figure, but that’s ok with me!
The Case Of The COVID Kilos …
I think even my chin gained 10 kilos this year with all the stuff going on – we’ve lived almost the whole of the twentieth century in six months, what with bushfires at our doorstep, COVID-19, Chinese trade problems and Black Lives Matter. All of these things have their value for us but it’s definitely taken it’s toll on my body, along with six surgeries in under 18 months.
I remain optimistic about the outcome of all of the above and have happily lost two or three kilos since these pics were taken a few weeks ago – I had to really knock out my cakes and get better sleep. I am not being hard on myself because conditions have been extraordinary and the amount of space I take up isn’t anyone else’s business, but I feel more comfortable within myself when I’m at my usual weight.
Back in the day, this would’ve been a major catastrophe for me so I’m glad I’ve grown to love myself and my body regardless of external conditions because this was seriously lacking before and it seemed that nothing was ever good enough for the perfectionist in me.
It’s just terrible that it took me to get breast cancer and go through the journey of treatment, including mastectomy, before I got it!!
In both of these looks I was going for a cosy, snuggle-down, comfortable look. I wore both looks out – one to get my reiki, crystal chakra balancing and healing, and the other we were going to have some lunch out, but oops!! Nowhere open! So it was back to Donna’s Kitchen …
It’s hard to see in the pants, but they have a yellow in the tartan so I co-ordinated the scarf and jacket with that. These little booties are quite old but I felt they were perfect with the jumper and they’re very comfortable even to wear around the house rather than my uggs … lol!
I like to wear the shoulder dropped down for a bit of extra oomph and I wanted to make sure that the waist wasn’t too baggy so did the French tuck on the pants and with the skirt I used an old wide belt with the grooviest of buckles to cinch the waist. I was pretty happy with the result!
I was surprised that I like the skirt outfit because there’s volume in both the skirt and the top, however; I feel it works for a really lovely look even if I don’t look as slim as I could. The thing is that people have made comment and observation on my body from the time I was very young, which I absorbed, and it has not been a pleasant experience or outcome.
I still work to change the narrative but it’s a work in progress.
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