OOTD :: of TPP Day 2 and muffin tops

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My stomach has always been the bane of my existence.

Even when I was at my smallest, that darned thing just never went flat. I think I’m just predisposed to belly flap. And of course, once I had kids, the belly became this beast of a thing that needed to be mashed and molded, constrained and contained by the most torturous of flattening devices.

I don’t know why having a flat stomach is such a sought-after thing in our society. (Yes, society, I’m blaming you; you’re such a handy-dandy scapegoat!) When did being skinny become a status symbol? Well into the 20th century, it was still considered a sign of wealth if one had a bit of a spare tire – it meant one was able to afford to eat aplenty, after all.

But as long as I remember, even spanning oceans as well as years, I believed it was the apex of beauty to be thin to the point of two-dimensionality. And I didn’t know any better so I tried my damnedest to get rid of (then camouflage when that didn’t work) my pooch.

Today, thanks to another fun offering from Gwynnie Bee, I conceal my self-consciousness with the blouson effect of the top and the free flow of the bottom. I also appreciate the sharkbite hem of this dress and the strong abstract print; both work to draw attention away from my belly while providing visual interest.

And because I need at least one layer – if only to combat the perpetual chill in my classroom – I give you a cropped denim jacket that manages to hide yet another one of my figure faults.

But that’s a story for another day.

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Dress – Zahava by Coldwater Creek @ Gwynnie Bee
Jacket – F21 (similar)
Shoes – Jessica Simpson (similar)

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5 thoughts on “OOTD :: of TPP Day 2 and muffin tops

  1. […] Thank you especially today for allowing me the relief of not having to talk about this dress and the impossibility of styling it and the regret I feel for paying an arm and a leg for it in the first place. Maybe I just needed to wear heels with it. […]

  2. Your ode to flat stomach is cackle worthy, feel the same. Btw I never thought you had tummy in your photos.

  3. jenortega says:

    I never saw the hem since you were sitting. Very pretty : )

  4. Anna P says:

    I love the whole outfit. Very nice

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