- Button-down – swapped
- Belt – gift from Mom (Anthropologie)
- Skirt – J Crew
- Tank – Banana Republic
- Flats – DSW
- Earrings – Gift from S.
As I said, after my yoga mat body scan, I had a list of things I love about my body, both big and small. An intimate, funny, hopeful, and reflective list that I will try to remember to keep mentally close to me. A list I am here publicly vowing to recreate whenever I’m not feeling my best. While I won’t be sharing the whole (very personal) list with you, I am planning on highlighting some of the parts from that list. But, for my first DYB contribution, I want to celebrate my body shape as a whole.
As my proportions silhouette reveals, I have a small waist, wide hips, a big butt and thighs, and broad shoulders. I am an hour glass. While this is indeed a “classic” silhouette and does fit many Western ideals of beauty, it is not currently a very popular body-type. By that, I mean you won’t find too many hourglasses in the pages of J Crew. Most contemporary clothing is made for a straighter line. So, more vintage or classic silhouettes often look great on me. Yet, there are all sorts of rules out there for my body type that don’t match up with these looks. Because of my broad shoulders, I’m not supposed to wear puffed sleeves. A larger bottom half should not be clothed in white. Full hipped women aren’t supposed to wear fabrics that stick out from the body. I’m sure there are others! Well nothing about me is straight (pun intended) and I’m not all that great with rules, so…
I’m wearing puffed sleeves and a skirt that is full, white, and made of crisp stiff cotton and I am loving the way my body looks – broad shoulders, wide hips, small waist and all!
What body shape rules do you break?
[This is my fourth blue and white striped outfit -- three more coming!]