On the way out the door, I asked Keith if I should wear this outfit because “it’s not exactly flattering, is it?”
Feeling like Joey in Friends when he wore all of Chandler’s clothes, I piled on the layers for our dog walk at the weekend. I think ALL outfit posts are going to be “what I wore to walk the dog” for a while yet – maybe with a Christmas Day outfit in between – so outfits that may be deemed unflattering might just be standard fare round here till early next year at least.
My point is this: does it really matter if an outfit is “unflattering”? Obviously it’s objective, and when you’re walking the dog it’s a bit of a “who cares anyway” scenario, but on a regular day in a Covid-free life, who’s to say we HAVE to wear outfits that flatter us?
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It’s a question that I was pondering as I went on our dog walk in a ton of cosy, bulky layers. Over the years I’ve had many comments about how my outfits are unflattering (when I say “many” I mean I could probably count them on two hands, and as I’ve had roughly about 1,000 comments on the blog alone in the past nine years that’s a tiny proportion), and my initial response to those comments was always…
It all comes back down to #IWillWearWhatILike. Yes, we all want to look our best. Yes, we all want to show off the good bits and hide the bad. But if an outfit makes me look three dress sizes bigger, or if I’m wearing a dress that’s deemed the “wrong” style for my figure and hides my waist, or if I’m not wearing “my” colours – WHO CARES?
Just make sure you’re dressing for yourself. No one else. If you want to go all-out sexy, go for it. If you want to cover up with a ton of layers and something shapeless, go for it. You shouldn’t “have” to wear flattering clothes all the time, or ever if you don’t want to. Dress to please yourself, not others (and certainly not for men).
So this weekend I wore my bulky layers and they kept me warm. (A little TOO warm in fact, Suki decided to go up the hill rather than over the fields, and my poor lungs and body after a stinking head cold couldn’t take it… thankfully she decided very soon that she was too tired to go all the way up as well.) I took my new charity-shopped tweed cap for an outing. I wore my loosest, most comfortable jeans and my fleece-lined, muddy boots.
The time for me to wear pretty dresses will come again. Meantime, I’m doing a Joey Tribbiani: Look at me, I’m Chandler – could I BE wearing any more clothes?!!
How bothered are YOU about whether your outfit could be classed as “unflattering”? Comment below…
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