Body-shame commonly focuses on specific regions of the body. I have had people tell me, ”I don’t show my legs,” or ”Nobody sees my arms.” “I have big boobs; there are certain things I wouldn’t wear.” You have to realize that you must feel comfortable for yourself not for people’s opinion; this alone can diminish your self-esteem. How you feel about yourself reflects and that how people will see you. For a person who experiences shame, their body image is inseparable from his or her character and worth.
I read an article about buying clothes a size up irrespective of your predetermined sizes and I decided to try it out. Luckily, I had an event THE BLOGGERPOINT All white bloggers brunch and I wanted to put this to practice when purchasing for outfits for this event.
I am top heavy with bust measurements of 38 inches, shoulder length of 16 inches, waist measurement of 28 inches and hip measurement of 41 inches. On standard chart, I fall under the size range, Medium. When I buy clothes in my size due to different clothing manufacturers, my clothes come off being tight – hardly ever does it come as loose fit. You would have noticed that with certain brands, you wear a size up or down than your usual size. Why you so bothered about our exact sizes? Quiet alright, there are clothes we would want to fit us but do we feel comfortable with most of body flaws sticking out or would rather wear something that looks good and in end feel comfortable?! Why not try going a size up!
Know your body sizes by heart: Nobody knows you better than you not even the clothing manufacturers – your bust measurements, shoulder length, short and long sleeve length etc. Knowing these measurements, confirm these measurements on sites size chart and be sure of where you sizes fall under. It would shock you to realize that your sizes varies from different countries with different manufacturers and different size chart. I visited the sites I usually buy outfits from particularly in search of white pieces for the event and bought a size up from my actual size for both the top and bottom.
Be prepared for surprises: Since clothing manufacturers mass produce clothes and do not have the time to measure every single customer, you do not have the opportunity to have exact fit or even try on – than visiting your seamstress who takes your measurements and schedule for fittings, you should expect flaws. The top arrived first, I tried this on and it fits perfectly, remember this happens to be a size up. Then the pants finally arrived – every other parts fits perfectly except the waist, now I was worried! It took me couple of minutes to realize that the only work needed was to get the waist area measurement incorporated into the pants to fit me, as it should.
Did I feel comfortable wearing a size up? Absolutely, I was comfortable in my outfit with the raging compliments I got from my fellow bloggers and about how my outfit looks like more like a jumpsuit.
Accept your body: Its safe to say that we should not associate certain sizes to looking better and acceptance from others or ourselves – what happens to be the ideal body structure now might not be ideal in the future. Greater acceptance of our body improves self-esteem and self confidence in the long run our well being. I’ve had my share of not accepting my body image over the years – though I have developed a healthy appreciation for my body. From my need for a flatter mid section to me just loving myself more – most days.
I hope this post helps you to choose clothing in the spirit of physical comfort and body acceptance.
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