We all have preconceived ideas of what we can or cannot wear on our bodies for whatever reason.
We’re too old, too heavy, too short, too tall, too skinny, too timid, too conservative, you name it.
I’ve got mine.
Let’s see…defined waist (so I don’t look too heavy), open neckline (so I don’t look too short), not too short ( so I don’t look too desperate) and lately I’ve been starting to wonder if sleeves have become necessary (because if my arm is up here, what is all that hanging down there?)
I have an hourglass figure. Undefined dresses or “tent dresses” as I like to call them, are made for the long, lean and flat chested. Not the vertically challenged with bumps and lumps.
Or so I thought.
I spotted this silk Anthro dress this past August and fell in love with it right away.
I wanted it badly but in my mind it was still “no-go” territory due to the voluminous cut. When I was visiting Sylvia in NYC in September and we spotted it while shopping at Anthro she agreed that it wasn’t even worthwhile trying it on as it wouldn’t look good on my body type. At that time the price was too high and I was too tired to argue but damn I still longed for that dress.
Months later when I spotted it was on sale for 70% off all bets were off. I was trying on that gorgeous dress.
Challenging preconceived ideas forces you to be creative.
I would make it work.
Challenging some of our personally held beliefs about we can or cannot wear ensures that we don’t become limited in our second skin choices.
I simply added a belt to make the dress work for my body type.
Some might attribute my refusal to simply let this dress go as pig headed stubbornness, however I like to think of it more as problem solving with tenacity.
If you truly love something will find a way to make it work.
Same could be said of anything in your life really.
Have you ever challenged your preconceived ideas about what you should or shouldn’t wear? If so, were you happy with the results? Did it change your perception of yourself?