I spent most of my youth and early adulthood criticizing the heck of my body. The briefest glance in the mirror would trigger a litany of complaints. This part was too big, that thing was too small, too short, too dark, too prominent or conspicuously lopsided.
I grew older and I grew very tired of dissecting all of my supposed flaws, which frankly, weren’t flaws at all. It was just my body being my body. I realized I could spend the rest of my life feeling awful or I could learn to love and embrace the skin I was living in.
Body love is a decidedly more pleasant state of being, but it isn’t something that always comes easily for me. The mean little inner voice still pipes up from time to time. Fortunately, I’ve found that the best way to quiet her, is to focus on the parts of my body that I love most.
I’ve always liked my legs and I enjoy having them on display. Showing a little – or a lot – of gam, always gives my confidence a boost. High hemlines are prevalent in my wardrobe, as are tights, which let me maintain my short styles throughout those cold winter months.
Dress – Zara (thrifted) – similar
Jacket – Old Navy – here
Tights – Value Village Canada - similar
Shoes – Locale – similar
As much as I love me some leg-flaunting, a couple years ago I began to worry that I was aging beyond acceptable mini-skirt limits. I sought the advice of Jes Lacasse, an amazing Ottawa stylist, who assured me that “no-minis after 35″ was a style guideline, rather than a hard and fast rule. She wisely recommended that I continue wearing the clothes that made me feel good but to embrace my age. It was good advice. I like getting leggy, but I’m not trying to fool anyone into believing I’m twenty-five.
Dress – H&M – similar
Scarf – Old Navy – here
Tights – Roots – similar
Shoes – Miz Mooz (thrifted) – similar
At 5’5″, I’m definitely not a tall gal. One of the advantages of being a bit on the small side, is that I can sometimes repurpose long tops and wear them as dresses. The outfit below is one such example. I loved this top when I saw it at a recent clothing swap, but when I tried it on with jeans it completely overwhelmed me. I folded it at the hips, swapped out the jeans for lacy tights and voila – instant mini dress!
Dress/Shirt – Just One -similar
Tights – Sock Dreams – similar
Shoes – Aerosoles – here
Which parts of your body do you love most? Is there a cut, hemline or clothing shape that always makes you feel your best? Which physical features do you love to flaunt?