This past weekend was the first that felt “like fall,” and since all the new fall fashions are out, I couldn’t be happier.
Autumn is my absolute favorite season. To me, fall is “back to school,” the Jewish new year, my birthday, my anniversary. And then there’s the chilly morning runs outside, vibrant foliage, raking leaves (awesome exercise), hot cocoa, football, apple picking, pumpkin carving, haunted hay rides …
I just love everything about it, but most of all, I love wearing fall clothes that are in “my colors.” As a red-head, I can’t wear the brights and bolds of spring/summer with ease. I’m much more comfortable in earthy tones, dark neutrals.
And I adore fall fabrics.
Give me sturdy handbags, soft sweaters, fitted button-downs, cords, tights, wool pencil skirts, wrap dresses, tall boots, fleece jackets, cozy hoodies, tweed dress pants, leather coats and belted trenches. I’ll take them any day over summer’s offerings of flimsy, flirty, barely-there fare.
Shopping for such goodies gives me a high that even rich dark chocolate can’t top.
But “back to school,” er, “fall” shopping (since I’ve been out of school for ages now!) wasn’t always easy for me, and I’m sure many of you who battled weight issues your whole life can attest to this.
As a pre-teen, teen, and even into college, I always wanted to dress like my friends, or wear what was shown in the malls. But my pre-Weight Watchers body just wasn’t cut out for certain trends.
During many shopping trips together over the years, my mom encouraged me in her own gentle way toward certain styles that were more suited for my figure, but it was frustrating to dress my shape back then. (With really big thighs, big hips and a small waist, everything gaped on me in the back and was tight through the thigh).
It took losing weight and becoming somewhat comfortable with my body to really “get it” on my own. And now that I have a much better handling on what works and doesn’t work for my body, dressing for my shape has become less and less painful.
Instead of standing in the mirror with disdain in my eyes or thinking I look “fat” (something those of us with body dysmorphia deal with on a regular basis), now I know which styles and fabrics work for me, regardless of what’s hot at the moment.
I am dressing for the figure I have, not the figure I want. Try as I might, even with a much smaller frame than I used to have, I will never never never look good in shorts, skinny jeans, or miniskirts.
And I can’t wait to enhance my wardrobe with some new threads this season!
How about you? Are there certain styles you like but simply aren’t the best for you? What styles let you flaunt your figure in a way that makes you comfortable?