OOTD :: of Day 3 and zip code mentality

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According to an article in this month’s Marie Claire, your zip code can determine your concept of “fat”.

If this is to be believed, then I am royally screwed. I live in Southern California, a stone’s throw away from Hollywood and Venice Beach and Rodeo Drive and all the other iconic areas that scream beauty and glamour and thinness.

Is it any wonder, then, that I have serious issues about my upper arms? I know it’s all genetics and personal trainers and 24/7 commitment. And I know I will never be Madonna or Gwen Stefani or Victoria Beckham. And I know it’s silly to not want to bare arms when a good 80% of the year here requires sleeveless attire.

But I never professed to being logical or smart about my body sense or self-image. I’ve struggled with what everyone tells me is self-delusional arm wattle since I was a kid and had to pose for pictures ad nauseam (Filipinos are like that). It’s hard to throw away years of insecurities just because a slew of style blogs demand that you love yourself just the way you are. Until it becomes the norm to feature regular people looking fab in the media, I shall struggle with my arm fat, thank you very much.

There is a light at the end of the tunnel, though. I’ve recently discovered a neckline that flatters my broad shoulders and minimizes my triceps’ size at the same time. It’s a combination of the halter and the scoop neck. It’s the reason I plunked down an obscene amount of cash for this dress. It’s the reason why I’m seriously considering doing the same for yesterday’s dress.  And it’s the reason I kept today’s top even though it’s over five years old – practically vintage in my wardrobe.

This type of neckline may fool me into thinking my arms aren’t that bad, but I still threw on a blazer at the last minute. Baby steps, people! The blazer, coupled with the black pencil skirt, turned the ensemble a bit severe, though. So I chose a whimsical red snakeskin D’orsay pump to liven things up and to match the whimsy of the top’s polka dots.

Btw, do a shopping Google search for “red snakeskin D’orsay pump” and you pull up this one lone Manolo Blahnik pair. I tried to find something more affordable, but even my inimitable Google search skills failed me. I suppose any whimsical shoe would do in this outfit if you don’t feel like spending half a mortgage payment on a pump.

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Dress Barn
Blazer – H&M
Skirt – Worthington @ jcp
Shoes – New York Transit (luxe)

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4 thoughts on “OOTD :: of Day 3 and zip code mentality

  1. jenortega says:

    I’m so unobservant! I always admire your outfit in the pics, but don’t register when we lunch. Must be because you always look awesome ; )

  2. Love the outfit. The combo of the neckline, flouncy top, with thin skirt, the pattern, b&whiteness, colored shoes, all. Really don’t need the jacket but I like your comment about baby steps people. PS I never would have looked at red plaid jeans if you hadn’t looked so happy in them, and lo and behold saw them dangling at F21, tried, and liked. Good tip thx.

  3. Anna P says:

    I love the outfit, especially the polka dot shirt and the pop of red in your shoes.

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