Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Takeover

I am usually very comfortable with my body.  In fact, I hope that my blog conveys an air of confidence (and maybe a slight whiff of mischief) because I really am fairly confident in my body and my ability to dress it.  Usually.  But, today, today my body and I were not getting along.  No matter what I put on, I was not happy.  I ended up in this only because I was running out of time:



Did I mention that I wasn’t happy?  It could be my body – for some reason my thighs felt as though they’d finally been successful in their attempts to annex neighboring countries and were now bigger than ever.  But, it’s probably this dress (Halogen via Nordstrom) – I think it’s too short, too full and too breastacular for me.  In spite of it’s high neck and longer sleeves, I felt completely over-exposed and exceedingly plump.  It was not a good feeling. 

On the bright side, I do like these boots (Steve Madden via Piperlime) and this daisy cocktail ring makes me very happy:


And in truth, the boots and the ring aren't all I have to be happy about.  The fact of the matter is, there is nothing wrong with my body.  It's not my body and I that aren't getting along, it's my body and this dress.  It just doesn't work for me.  So, while I don’t think I’ll be keeping this dress, I’ll definitely be keeping my thighs.  Even with their fondness for hostile takeovers, they’re pretty great and I imagine we’ll be best friends again by tomorrow.

Today’s Takeaway?  It’s not you, it’s the clothes.

Happy Wednesday, Everyone!

Gracey

23 comments:

  1. You should feel comfortable with how you look in this dress because you look gorgeous! I love the dress and it seriously fits you perfectly.
    -Meagan
    www.spunkychateau.com

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  2. Very positive post! I love your attitude -- and that fabulous floral dress that you're rocking! xo style, she wrote

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  3. Suxh a beautiful person u seem to be!! loving ur fab blog!!

    www.shervinsworld.com

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  4. I actually love the dress! Don't get rid of it!

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  5. Sad that you don't like it because I saw none of the flaws you described. That being said, if the dress doesn't work for you, why keep it around? (Is it my size? Hahaha.) You managed to work it even if you didn't feel awesome.

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  6. you are so right. It's definitely not your body you should be upset with. You look gorgeous the way you are. The way you were made and intended to be. Have been having this discussion with a friend that has finally gotten some curves. She still looks at photos of her flat tummy when she was 17. Now at 26 she finally has a womanly figure and I guess the guys really like it, but she is so self-conscious. Poor girl, she should love herself just a little more. You go and sell that dress, it will look pretty on somebody else and go get your super cute flower dress out :)

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  7. I think you look great -- that print/colour scheme is really fantastic -- but I do agree that sometimes there are things that just don't FEEL right on us, and that can really do a number on your self-perception, so maybe it's best just to get rid of them. (But you do look very lovely, all the same.)

    I love the positivity and bodily self-love on your blog, Gracey; it really does shine through, and it's very, very encouraging.

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  8. I find that high necklines actually emphasize my chestal arena. That's why I'm always hunting up those low scoop necks and wide V necks. It's not you, it's the clothes! That said, you do in fact look better than you probably felt. But oh I know those days. I'm trying to convince myself that clothes that make me feel like that are Category 3 no matter what they look like on the hanger.

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  9. Your legs are great great looking and you should show them more! Long live the short dress!

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  10. I think you look adorable. And your legs...ARE AMAZING! I know you bike to work mainly, but seriously, if I had stems like that, I would be wearing minis left and right!

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  11. I love this post - your honesty and your positivity are so uplifting! And to my eye you look beautiful/perfect in your floral dress. But if you feel "off", you're already smart enough to know -- it's not you, it's the clothes! xoxoxoxo

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  12. Your legs are AMAZING in this dress, and makes me think that you should show them off more often.

    However, sometimes it's just an "off" day. I'm always surprised by how certain days nothing feels right. I hate my closet, I hate my body, I hate my pics. I can go back and look at them a week later and realize it must have been in my head, because nothing visible is different. But it's a yucky feeling, and I'm sorry you had such a day. Especially 'cause you look pretty darn cute.

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  13. Okay, of course I think the dress looks great, but it doesn't matter because as you know, it's all about how YOU feel in it. I love this post for your honesty, and how you were able to re-route your brain back to reality. I'm keeping that takeaway as a future mantra... "it's not me, it's the clothes" and also putting it in my pocket for friends too :)

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  14. I think you look pretty great - the colors are fantastic on you. But I know what you mean. Sometimes clothes don't love me back, either. I have a very athletic build (broad shoulders, no waist) which isn't a bad thing but it took me a looong time to figure that out.

    Jenn

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  15. I was looking at this and scratching my head, thinking "Gracey is normally really cute and, here, she looks awful; what's going on?" I concluded that it's the dress. Then I read you state the same. The dress is unflattering; you, however, are cute as a button.

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  16. I'm glad that you were able to work through your feelings--you're still a fabulous Gracey, even if sometimes clothes don't work for you. (Personally, I think this is a pretty cute look and I also think you styled it well, but I also dig that sometimes we just don't jibe with our clothes for one reason for another.)

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  17. That dress is fantastic, and you look absolutely lovely in it! =) I would love to find a floral print dress just like it! I completely understand what you mean, though. I'm typically pretty comfortable with my body, but there are just those days when I feel like everything looks frumpy and unflattering.

    Kelsey
    charmingpumpkin.blogspot.com

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  18. Aw, I think this dress looks cute, but I know how those days go. And it's definitely the clothes, not you. Maybe you'd feel more comfortable in it with tights or leggings?

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  19. I love the print of the dress and the colors are good on you. I wonder if the dress could be remade into a skirt.

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  20. omg this is hands down my favorite outfit from you!!!! your legs look amazing and i love that 70s inspired dress!

    <3 steffy
    Steffys Pros and Cons

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  21. sorry you didn't feel so hot in this. I have days (a lot of days like that). I don't think it's all that breastacular -- I mean, I can see why you felt that way from the design of the dress, but from us viewing from the outside -- it's fine (and I would say whoa ... if it was. Anyway, i love the colors ... love love the print. and that ring. I am lusting after it.

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  22. I saw this post and the first thing I thought was how adorable you looked - I love the way you styled this dress. We all have those days when nothing seems to look right...but even if you felt uncomfortable you look great and very on trend.

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  23. the dress looks great on you! add a denim or leather jacket and tights and wear it again... it's really cute and flattering too! your mirror must have been warped when you didn't think it looked good.

    I randomly found your blog today and as a fellow giant (6'2") I love it

    Helene
    Bon Vivant + a Budget

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