I am not a fashion plate, as evidenced by this candid shot of me taken last weekend picking pumpkins with the family. We didn’t actually pick pumpkins out of the field, but did pick them up off the ground. That counts, right?
Anyway, you can see that I had on a very large, very unflattering fleece that would have fit me if I weighed 100 pounds more than I do right now. The fact that I had my wallet in my pocket did not help the line of the fleece at all.
When I was very overweight, I had certain clothes that were more flattering than others. Notice in the picture on the left I look slimmer than I do in the picture on the right, even though the pictures were taken within a few months of each other.
No matter what your weight, I’d encourage you to not do as I often do, and wear whatever is comfortable, but to really think about comfort and fit. As a demonstration, I had my daughter take my picture in the same shirt and shoes but with different jeans on. The lighter colored jeans (in the first picture) are one of my favorites but even I have to admit they are not very flattering.
These darker jeans are the same size but a different cut and a different manufacturer. I think they make me look slimmer.
It’s easy to automatically reach for clothes that are loose and cozy, but in all honesty, they don’t always flatter your body. I’m as guilty of it as the next person – just look back at that first picture.
One thing that I have learned over the course of my weight loss journey and beyond is the importance of finding clothes that make you look and feel good. They don’t have to cost a fortune either. As I was losing weight, I bought smaller sized clothing at Goodwill or garage sales. It took a little bit of hunting but purchasing a pair of smaller sized jeans or shirts that fit me properly instead of hanging off of me was rewarding and good for my psyche.
I’d encourage you to look at your wardrobe objectively and determine whether the pieces of clothing you have flatter you and make you feel good about yourself. I often find that when I feel good about my appearance I have more of a motivation to treat my body well. And in the interest of practicing what I preach, I’ve put my light colored jeans in the Goodwill donation box!
How about you? Are you a person who tries to dress to flatter your body or do you hide behind too big clothing? Diane
If you missed the post about criticism of other people’s weight loss efforts, be sure to check it out. Amazing discussion.