Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Bellying up to the bar
It may look like a simple printed poplin skirt to you, but this is monumental, colossal, and maybe even a little silly all at the same time.
You see, for the first time in 20 years I tucked a shirt in.
Since doing this blog and taking outfit photos I've been inspired to step out of my comfort zone style-wise and experiment. I mean, that's kinda the point. And normally I'd have walked right by a full, flouncy skirt like this because of my midsection. Listen, you don't gain & lose major pounds, have two babies via C-sec, hit your forties and get away scot-free, lol. Nope, I have quite a tummy, tho I've learned to camiflouge it extremely well. I'm not disparaging my body, just dealing with reality. And the reality is a skirt like this is NOT belly-friendly.
But something attracted me to the skirt and for a lark I tried it on in the store. True, it fit, but it also looked ridiculous with the length shirt I had on. And ALL my shirts are pretty much that same length; just long enough to cover my protruding tummy area yet not come down over my crotch -- (covering the crotch is usually an unflattering length except for some tunics, fyi)
So when I got home w/the skirt (yes, I bought it despite myself) I started trying to find SOME shirt that hit the right spot with the fullness of it....to no avail. Then I tried belting some of my blouses. That worked better, but still not quite right. Eventually I just had to try, had to see what it would look like.
I felt like there should have been a drum roll. Maybe a heralding trumpet. Heck, toss in a choir of angels, lol.
And as you can see -- it's not all that bad. Ok, no, I didn't take a profile shot, lol...I'm brave but still have some modicum of vanity :) And I can't say I felt completely confident in this, which is key in my book. But it's a start...or a return -- both -- yes, that's it. This is the start of a return to normalcy. To an even deeper level of body acceptance than I've already achieved.
Gee, bet you had no idea all that could come from a poufy little skirt and a tucked in blouse :)