Despite my lack of interest in fashion as of late, I have always been a fashion enthusiast. I do have to admit though that it is far easier to be a fan of fashion, when you can fit in sample sizes and can go shopping knowing that no matter what you buy, it will probably look good.
That was me for a long time.
But life happens and things change and in the span of a year, despite my best efforts, I’ve gone from a lifetime of size 0 to a size 8. My body has changed, and as a result my self-esteem has suffered. I can no longer decorate myself in the cute designs that just a year ago made up the bulk of the items in my closet and this makes me sad.
Still, until this issue gets resolved, I have to put my best face forward and though it hurts me to know that I am spending money on “fat clothes,” I need to make the best of a bad situation.
Yesterday, I mustered the courage to go shopping for my upcoming trip. I’ll admit, it wasn’t easy. I hate trying on clothes and what’s more, for years I knew which designers were most flattering for my body type. This time around, I felt like I had to go and get to know each designer all over again and through trial and error see how they envisioned I should perceive my own body.
I must have tried on 100 pieces of clothing only to find that my new body is no longer the body I need to enjoy the designers I used to love. I was sad, frustrated, and ultimately felt defeated but I reminded myself that this is only a temporary situation. It was then that out of desperation, I somehow ended up trying on clothes from the Jessica Simpson Collection.
For the record, I’d never taken Jessica Simpson very seriously. Not once did I ever consider looking at any items from her multiple collections though I always did wonder how she ended up with a billion dollar business. In hindsight, maybe I should have looked.
For such an affordable brand, the quality of the garments is pretty high. I tried on and ultimately purchased 5 dresses and every item I tried on was made with nice fabrics, was properly lined, and had an above average finish. As far as the style and fit goes, I guess Jessica learned a thing or two about the female body having been on both ends of the thin and fat spectrum because her clothes work. I felt well-dressed, fashionable, and comfortable in her designs which is ultimately what drove my decision to buy.
In the future, I can see myself buying more clothes from the collection. If there is one thing that I have learned from watching all those seasons of Project Runway, is that clothes are intended to make you feel good about yourself.
For the first time in a few months, I didn’t feel inadequate trying on clothes and was actually excited about having an opportunity to wear them .
I think that women with bodies of average size will find that this is a good brand to keep in mind when they go shopping. Until further notice, I recommend it 🙂
I’ve read posts here about girls/women and body image, etc and I think unknowingly, you perpetuated a lot of myths with this piece. (not an attack on you, just observing) When you refer to a ‘perfect’ size 0 and and ‘unfortunate’ size 8, I know that it should mean for you and only you. But a lot of people see things like that and could think, a size 0 would mean I’m perfect, I have to diet and strive to get there, even if my health is endangered.
I hate most designers. I am a perfect size 8 short (although sometimes I’m a perfect size 10) and the designer stuff you mention never fits me or looks good.
I’m gonna look at the Jessica Simpson stuff, but saying I’m an ‘average’ body doesn’t sound flattering. Average often has a negative connotation attached. I think I’m more than average and my body size is normal.
I see what you are saying…but I also said that I had gained all this weight over the course of a year and that is absolutely positively not healthy. The numbers I used were for myself and I do agree that I should have made this more obvious. I don’t advocate extreme dieting…actually, I think that the key to a happy life is a HEALTHY diet and physical activity.