With Summer right around the corner, it’s been a struggle trying to balance the warmer weather we’re facing, with the cooler weather of Spring that can’t seem to make up its mind whether it wants to stay or go.
I don’t know about you, but it’s giving me whiplash…
Luckily, I’m still in the process of transiting my closet, so I was able to find the perfect outfit that’s perfect for those in-between moments of Summer and Spring.
I love bold colors. Someone asked me about this once, it seems the trend is more earth tones or colors that easily transcend season to season: blacks, grays, creams, etc.
But what is life without some color? Whenever I put on something bright and vibrant — especially pink — my mood is instantly uplifted. Can you relate to this?
One of my favorite looks this summer is this red and blue combination from New York and Company…
The thing I love the most about this top is that it’s light and airy, while still allowing enough coverage to keep me warm in cooler weather. While the bodice is a solid material, the sleeves are semi-mesh, allowing for things to air out in the heat.
Now, the pants are a different story. These made me a bit nervous when I first bought them. I have a love/hate relationship with plaid.
I remember being told that I shouldn’t wear plaid because straight lines aren’t supposed to curve — crazy right?! It’s too busy for curvy girls…the list goes on. What I hadn’t realized, was that hearing these things, slowly started to creep and affect my self-esteem.
For the longest time, I refused to wear plaid, hearing these old ‘wives tales’ in my head, that my body could not wear such items.
Maybe it comes with age, or I simply lost my reason to care, but I just don’t have it in me to worry about such trivial things anymore. Who cares if the lines bend, my thighs touch, it is what it is and I still feel great! Life is way too short to let these things, and dare I say the insecurities of others — ‘cause that’s what it’s truly about — hold me back from doing and wearing what I love…
That and everything matched exceptionally well with my favorite pair of sneakers *wink wink*
Have you ever let your insecurities hold you back? Whether from doing certain activities, or wearing outfits that don’t hide what society tells us is unacceptable? Perhaps you do this now?
Please know that I am right there with you — wearing plaid is on a long list of insecurities that I’m still learning to conquer.
Something I’m learning along the way, you’ve just got to let it go. Someone is always going to have a thought or opinion about you. And you know what? That’s their right.
But, do you know what is your power? Your story.
There is only one of you. Your experiences, both good and bad, are all the beautiful things that make you, you. One of the greatest things you can do is own it. Own everything that makes up who you are, from your crooked teeth, chubby thighs, crooked legs, chunky arms — own every bit of it. All of these pieces make up your story. And by owning your story, you are reclaiming your life and all the beautiful things that can come with it.
Wow, this post is ‘deeper’ than intended, but I think its important to realize that clothes, are simply clothes. It’s the person wearing them who matters.