3.03.2011

Dressing with Sucess

Dressing post-fourth-baby is hard. My chest is larger, my waist less defined, and though none of that is bad, it means that my old methods of dressing don't accentuate my curvier form. {Which leaves me feeling a little lost every time I enter my closet.} How does one cover certain things while continuing to celebrate shape? I'm still figuring it out. 

I'm gravitating towards outfits like these for spring. I like longer, flowy shirts or tunics, sometimes belted to define the waist, paired with dark wash skinny jeans. A bright cardigan adds a pop of color, while simple jewelry and flats provide enough polish to keep me feeling put together. We'll see if it works in real life as well as it does in my head. And on a mood board. :)

What about you? Any tips for dressing to hide 10 pounds?

11 comments:

Leslie said...

i think that's a perfect look for what you're talking about. where are the jeans from?

Yvette said...

I think you look like a model. I love the outfit. So perfect for spring

Crys said...

Your'e pretty hott. Just sayin

MelancholySmile said...

They're Joe's Jeans bought steeply discounted from Down East Basics.

Janae said...

I LOVE your style. Where'd you get the blue dress? And belt? I need those to hide my extra 10 pounds too.

MelancholySmile said...

The dress is Anthropologie from 6 months ago, the cardigan and skinny belt is J Crew from a few years ago, and the shoes are the stripe-y ones from Forever 21. Oh, the bag is Anthropologie as well {on clearance a long time ago}

jenny of all trades said...

where are the "extra 10 pounds" you're talking about? girl, you look fabulous! like a 40s model!

Apis Melliflora said...

Yeah, you pretty much look great. I don't see any extra 10 pounds.

But I say celebrate the voluptuous parts because once you stop nursing and start training again, you'll transform back into the pre-pregnancy sleek athlete that you are!

Shannon Oertle said...

Extra ten pounds? Talk about extra 20, that's what I still have to lose from my first baby. It's hard for sure. I have found my old favorite clothing stores no longer sell things that fit my curvier, mommy frame. My mom keeps reassuring me though that its the stores and not me. Anyway, I love Anthropologie and things that are super flowy. No more short dresses for this size ten Mom! (Formerly a 4!)

Anyway you look great, adorable outfit! And besides, I always tell myself there are better things to worry about :)

hukolb said...

If anyone ever figures out this dilema I'd love the answers! My body is already pretty disproportionate and then you thrown in nursing, and you've got just what you've described, unbalanced on top and not much waist, but that's kinda been my life all along and I'd love some ideas on how to make clothes actually look good on me...oh well! There's always scrubs and t shirts til the kids are grown, so frumpy I know! So spring/summer has already hit Nola, mardi gras in full swing. I think I crave sunshine and outdoors, a clean bright house with open windows and a breeze...butterflies and a green garden, bare feet.

merelyLooking said...

"I'll be honest with you, it really, really, really annoys me, the image that's put out there for women. These tiny, tiny bodies, with absolutely no fat at all on them. It's unhealthy, plain and simple, and there are only a handful of women in the world who are naturally like that. It makes me sick. In Hollywood you have to be careful if you go above a *six*, then you're considered fat! Well,I'm considered to be, I hope, an actress, and you can get away with extra pounds if you are trading on your talent instead of your sex appeal. I don't have time to be tortured about my weight!

I gave up my struggle with perfection a long time ago. That is a concept I don't find very interesting anymore. Everyone just wants to look good in the photographs. I think that is where some of the pressure comes from. Be happy. Be yourself, the day is about a lot more. If designers want to dress me then I am at the large end of the Hollywood scale, if on the scale at all, so they have to be fine with that. And I think what some designers can do is if a dress doesn't fit you because it's been fitted to a size zero model they can remake the dress for you.

My identity used to be shaped on my appearance so much. I don’t think I was shallow – I just think I was young. I focus on other things a lot more now. I’ve hit the point in my life where I understand that being skinny is not sustainable, and nor is it advisable, and nor is it enjoyable. I look my best after an entire hair and makeup team has spent hours perfecting me. When do I feel my best? When I haven't looked in a mirror for days, and I'm doing things that make me happy." ~ Anne Hathaway

"I was called 'Blubber' in my schooldays. I was over 14 stone (196lbs) and I became addicted to losing weight and went too far. I was never anorexic or bulimic. The lowest I've ever been in my life is 10 stone (140lbs), but I went through a three-month experimental laxative time, which was absolutely awful. Luckily, I was strong enough to be able to say to myself, “What are you doing? You are just really hungry.”

The whole weight thing drives me crazy. This stuff is so important to me because I have been there and know what a vicious cycle it is.

I don’t know a single woman who doesn’t stand up and check the tush before she walks out the door. I’ve decided I am going to start loving my backside because I don’t know anyone who does that! And for my daughter, I want to be able to say to her, “I love this.” Young women look at all of us, myself included, on these magazine covers and they think, “My Gosh, how does she get skin like that?” And I can tell you, I have so many blemishes under this make-up that have been so fabulously covered, I promise you.
I did realise a few years ago that no one actually talks about this retouching thing. It’s like a secret or something. I’m damned if it’s going to be a secret any more. I really want these young women to know we don’t look like this." ~Kate Winslet

To be totally honest, if I could be thinner without it causing a lot of pain and anxiety in my life, I would be. But today the reality is my life is more important to me than my weight—and thank heaven for that! ~ Courtney Thorne Smith

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