OOTD :: of camouflaging with giraffes

10.21.14

10.21.14

10.21.14

You know a dress is all kinds of awesome when it’s a clingy jersey knit and yet you can wear it without the requisite suck-it-in shapewear.

This dress fits that bill and then some. You wanna know why? It’s that crazy giraffe print, my friends! It’s fooling the eye into thinking I’ve got this svelte, 20-something-year-old bod when really my puffy pudge is unabashedly unfettered. No Spanx-ing for me today!

It’s got short sleeves, though, and there’s only so much “loving my body, lumps and all” I can do before self-consciousness sinks in and I have to have a layering piece to camo some problem parts. Thankfully, insecurities can sometimes breed genius. How else would I have thought to pair this TARDIS blue cardi with this dress? That is, I knew I wanted to wear this dress for Anne’s challenge, but I also needed a TARDIS hue. Initially, it was gonna be the shoes, but my arm flaps demanded the cardi instead.

Okay, enough self-flagellation.

How about those shoes? You know you love a good snakeprint brogue. And with a pointy toe, no less.

Somehow, this whole ensemble makes me feel Companion-fit, because really, don’t I look ready to run?

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Dress – Ross
Cardi – francesca’s
Shoes – Naturalizer

:: Linking ::
Sophisticated Style @ Fashionably Employed

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13 thoughts on “OOTD :: of camouflaging with giraffes

    • I hate when “something” happens and ruins your day. I’m always just an email away if you wish for someone to commiserate. 🙂

    • And the funny thing is, I really wasn’t body shaming. This is just me being cheeky. And perhaps being a bit self-preservation-y because in my family, weight gain and loss is a sport and being the “fattest” sister out of four, I’ve learned the art of self-deprecation. That said, I was actually gonna rewrite this copy because I felt it a bit egregious even for me but then I got busy and then I got tired and then I said eff it and let it go. Leave it to my beta to call me out on lazy writing. LOL!

        • But where’s the line between loving yourself for yourself and letting yourself go? And when do you know you’ve crossed it?

            • I actually love myself now more than in my youth – I wouldn’t be style blogging if I didn’t – but I also need to keep reminding myself of my flaws so that a) I don’t become a narcissist (easy for me to do with my tendencies to go overboard), b) other people have no power over me when they do remind me of my flaws (a common thing in my family), and c) I can save money (because if I allow myself even a modicum of wiggle room, my 40-plus-body will expand and then I have to chuck everything I own and buy new clothes). ;p

  1. You totally look ready to run! Loving that print with the Tardis blue. Must find something Tardis blue for my wardrobe – this is clearly a major oversight on my part!

    • Yes, m’dear! You must join me on TARDIS Tuesdays! Hey, maybe I can make it a linkup? Whovians of the world, unite! 😀

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