Let’s talk about flattering for a sec. It’s a word I’ve mentioned before because it’s a naughty word in some body positive communities, but one I really appreciate still. For me, it’s about feeling my best and feeling like my perceived best features are being highlighted. I’m a girl with a short torso, round shoulders, a full tummy, and long legs. Every day I wear clothes is an opportunity to dress this body in a way that makes me feel happy so I can do the things I love to do: write, snuggle with Contessa, eat ice cream, cheer on my friends, be a great partner to Dago. Flattering is all about self-perception. It’s about celebrating the parts you love, not so much hiding parts you don’t (though it’s okay if that happens in the process. We’re all human here!).
When I see myself in this outfit, I know I look good, so I’m going to skip and smile and strut and say hi to strangers. Not because everything is in its right place — my shoulders are no less round and my stomach is no less full — but because it’s my body and it’s the only one I’ve got.
Me and this swing dress have some work to do, so we’ll see you on the flipside!