I’ve always believed that I couldn’t wear certain items of clothing: high neck tops, big bold patterns, loose fitting jeans. The list of clothing that won’t look good on my body is endless. Shopping, for me, is just going through the rail saying “this is pretty, but it won’t suit me” or “this will make my __ look bad” or “I love this, but I can’t pull it off with my figure”.
If you’ve ever googled fashion advice, you’ve no doubt found the “top 10 dos and don’ts” for your body type and size. As a barely over 5ft, slightly chubby female, there are many restrictions on what I can wear. I’m sure the same can be said for other body types.
I’m not against advice on what may or may not flatter your body type, but fashion rules take it beyond advice. They make women believe that they can only wear a certain type of clothing, a certain style or a certain cut, yet it’s never that simple. Just because a style doesn’t normally flatter your figure, doesn’t mean it will ALWAYS look awful.
I’ve always believed that jeans cut above my ankle will make my legs look shorter and wider than they already are. But today, for the first time, I wore ankle grazing jeans. My ankles were on display! And you know what, I felt good (albeit with cold ankles). It boosted my self esteem to wear something out of my comfort zone and feel confident in it. I loved it so much, I’m branching out into boyfriend jeans!
So, I encourage you to break the rules. Wear styles that “won’t flatter you” because you might just find that you love them.
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