Week 11 :: of insecurities and rocker glam

I am completely at peace with every single part of my body except my arms, and apparently I’m not alone.

Although I can preach all kinds of rhetoric about it’s not being about the size on the tag or the number on the scale, the eyes don’t lie.  I can mask a bloated tummy with ruching and creative tucking.  I can amaze people when I coyly reveal my weight (I’m a lot heavier than I look, but I’ve learned to dress my body type accordingly).  But when I wear something sans sleeves, my gaze inevitably lands on my upper arms and with critical, microscopic precision, I map out every wiggle of my wattle.

Then I come up with a myriad reasons as to why I need a cardi/blazer/shrug/completer piece even when it’s a hundred degrees out.  In fact, just yesterday, I couldn’t leave well enough alone and had to style a perfectly good summer dress like this because cap sleeves might as well be sleeveless in my book.

So it is with trepidation that I present for your consideration today’s lace look which I’ve dubbed “rocker glam”.  I’m gonna be honest with you: I’m probably keeping my jacket on all day even though weather.com says it’ll be in the 80s today.  And I’m going to get away with it too because my classroom is a lovely, steady 70 degrees at all times. But for you, my friends, I bare my arms because it just wouldn’t be rocker glam if I didn’t.

Lace Wednesday

There’s just something inherently cool about the combination of tank top and leggings.  It’s easy, effortless and allows for maneuverability when moshing or stage diving.  Sadly, since my plans for the day do not include either moshing or stage diving, my version of the look needed a little toning down.

What makes this work appropriate, then, are the details of the tank top.  The lace is guipure with a modest lining underneath.  The cut allows it to swing away from my body rather than clinging, and the length covers the derriere quite nicely, thank you very much.

Lace Wednesday

I couldn’t resist the drama, though.  There’s always a bit of the rebel in every outfit I create.  So it goes without saying that the leggings I chose have a sheen to them, reminiscent of hair bands but hopefully without the cringe quality of spandex.  Throw in some arm candy and a pair of stilettos and I’m ready to go where the grass is green and the girls are pretty.

Lace Wednesday

Lace Wednesday

Lace Wednesday

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Lela Rose @ Neiman Marcus for Target
Leggings – YMI @ Tilly’s
Jacket – H&M
Pumps – Jessica Simpson
Arm candy – gift

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9 thoughts on “Week 11 :: of insecurities and rocker glam

  1. […] Marcus collection. Prices plummeted within weeks of its appearance, and I remember snagging the Lela Rose top at a fraction of its cost (80% off the original $69.99 retail […]

  2. […] I couldn’t pass them up at $9 a piece.  You’ve already seen the black one in action and the other is just plain fun so I don’t have […]

  3. Anna P says:

    ROCK IT!!!!

  4. jenortega says:

    Definitely…I’ve always thought that you are silly about your arms. They are perfectly lovely. I am proud of you for baring them though!

  5. Del says:

    Your arms are fine dork! Love the outfit!

    • mtsedwards says:

      At the risk of sounding vain, I love this outfit too! There’s something about leggings/skinnies and heels that make me feel really pretty. I think it’s because my legs are my best feature. As far as the arms are concerned, you know I’m not getting any younger. My days of tank tops wearing are limited so I’m gonna milk it for as long as I can. ;p

  6. Your arms are gorgeous! Seriously. You have nothing to be worried about! xx

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