February 18, 2010

Kinda Mod


    Sometime last week I decided to wear this dress and try to make it look different than the last time I wore it. I think I achieved my goal. I layered a skin-tight black long sleeved shirt under the dress as well as black tights and boots. I think I dressed it up pretty well. In fact, one of my professors asked me if I dressed up for work that day. She then told me that if I wanted to, with a sweater or blazer, my outfit would be office appropriate. So yay for me! 
    When I first put the outfit together I was kind of afraid of the lumpiness and curviness. As you can see, you can't really hide a whole lot in a bright green fitted sheath dress. I was afraid that the belt would highlight my tummy pooch and make my boobs look enormous and . . . In the end though, I ended up feeling really comfortable all day long and didn't really worry about the lumps and bumps. 
    I added the Bravissimo trench to the dress so I could brave the elements. I have really grown to love how the trench itself as an outfit piece. I love how the cut creates an illusion of a much smaller waist and that the "skirt" of the coat is so swingy. It reminds me a lot of the 50's and how different proportions can create the most amazing illusions. If it buttoned a bit lower I might risk wearing the trench as a dress, but as it is, I would be exposing myself a whole bunch if I did that and that's not a risk I'm willing to take.

How do you face your body issues when you get dressed?  Sometimes I suck it up, like on this day, and wear whatever I want regardless.  Other days, when I'm not feeling quite so confident, I cover up in great big sweats.  Which do you prefer?  If you do both, what makes you decide?  Do you think there's another way?

The Details: 
Green Dress: Target
Shirt: Gap (old!)
Tights: L'eggs
Boots: Target
Belt: Target
Trench: Bravissimo

14 comments:

sara star said...

I sometimes go out in my husband's hoody (so it is way oversized), but I usually regret it when I run into people I know. I want to dress to flatter at least a little bit, so I finally bought my own hoody that is fitted and my size, so I get the comfort and the figure flattery at once. I have tried to force myself to throw out things that don't look good on me. I saw a photo of myself in a shirt I thought had cute sleeves, and I ended up throwing it out because of how bad it made my waist look. I luckily had another shirt with similar sleeves that was flattering. I am not obsessive about it, but if clothes really really look bad, I gotta throw them out.

Your teal dress looks pretty good. I can see what you are saying about it not being perfectly flattering, but it isn't bad either, I would keep it. The coat is beautiful and super flattering!

A-C said...

Thanks Sara Star!
The fitted hoodie is a great idea. So is revising your closet to make sure that everything in it is flattering and fits well.

Law Girl said...

I think you look fabulous. The belt cinches in your waist and is very flattering.

I try not to cover up in great big sweats (I'm opposed to ever leaving the house in them). However I am not opposed to wearing an over sized top with jeans or leggings! I'm definitely guilty of changing my clothes 8 million times on mornings that I'm having body issues. I just keep trying stuff on until I can find something that works! (I am also often late for class or work on those days.)

A-C said...

Law Girl: Thanks!

I do the trying on outfits thing a lot too. I generally stay out of sweats unless I feel like total and utter poo, BUT I'll wear a chunkier sweater or something of the same ilk.

Alyssa said...

Some days when I'm feeling more 'fat' than others, I wear a dress instead of jeans. Jeans hug my body more and I feel it makes my unwanted curves more noticeable, whereas when I wear a dress, it's more streamline and I can move better! Also, it makes me feel super cute and good about myself. :D

A-C said...

Alyssa: That's a great idea! I normally am the opposite, wearing jeans when I don't want to put forth any effort, but your rationale makes a lot of sense.

La Historiadora de Moda said...

I think this look is super flattering on you, chica! If it is at all clean, I wear my red pencil skirt when I'm feeling less than confident. It always makes me feel good.

A-C said...

Thanks LHdM! Sometimes I wish I had someone to give me their opinions when I get dressed, so blogging has really done that for me. I like that you're go to outfit piece makes you feel confident. My guess is that it gets you right out of a schlubby mood, yes?

Nika said...

love it, very chic outfit

A-C said...

Thanks Nika!

gina said...

Love this dress and the way you styled it.

A-C said...

Thanks Gina!

Audi said...

Ooh, this is such a fun and different look for you! I just love the bright green, and the belt is the perfect touch for defining your waist.

A-C said...

Audi---I was thinking about you when I put this together. With your white go-go boots it would rock :)

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