I always loved girly things, all my life. I was the little girl that would stare, enraptured, at a beautifully dressed woman walking down the street – I thought there was no sight better than a perfectly put-together woman.
We never spent much on clothes in our family, and I was never shown how to put outfits together stylishly, so it has been a long process learning to enjoy being in my own skin.
I made a lot of outfit mistakes as a teenager, and often looked pretty dreadful, and even though people around me tend to like my outfits these days, I still feel a bit like a gawky teenager inside!
The most confusing aspect of style, growing up, was that outfits that look great on the hangers, and great on straight-figured friends would just look dreadful on me. I was all boobs, bum and thighs, with a tiny waist. Drapey tops and skinny jeans seemed to add an extra two stone onto my 5’2 frame.
I have often resorted to smarter, fitted outfits over the years as I quickly learned that I looked best when dressed up a bit. Pencil skirts were my best friend, and anything nipped in at the waist worked perfectly. Heels were an essential item. Big dangly earrings, draped scarves, with classic trench coats were the order of the day.
When I had arrived at my late twenties, having finally felt able to put together a smart, fitted outfit, I turned my attention to trying to look half decent whilst hanging around in casual clothing. Anything that required shorts, joggers, trainers or swimming was a guaranteed style fail for me, and still is by and large.
That’s why I’m writing this blog, to push myself to learn and analyze what works and what doesn’t for an in-and-out frame. I don’t need to know how to wear a pencil skirt and pussy-bow blouse, or how to rock a 50’s siren look – these things come kinda naturally to me and many girls with a similar body to mine. What I have no idea about is how to go on a hike and not look like short wrestler next to my husband (I promise there will be photo evidence at some point ha!). Or play tennis in shorts and trainers without feeling like my legs look like tree trunks!
I’ll be trying to put together outfits that suit the hourglass frame, that are wearable, keep us looking attractive even when dressed down, without showing too much flesh or attracting too much of the wrong attention.
Do you have any casual occasions you struggle to dress for? Any tips and advice for the rest of us?