Let's talk about dresses. I am not one to wear what other people would refer to as particularly appropriate clothing. I mix and match, my outfits never really go together, I'm no stranger to a low cut top and I enjoy shapely, huggy type clothes. Most people would definitely tell you I wear clothes that aren't really made for my figure, and I don't. I wear clothes which hug me in the most obvious of places, pointing out all the wobbly, round, fatty, chubby and sometimes if I'm lucky, curvy, bits of my body. But when I look at myself in the mirror, I don't see a really fat girl looking disgusting in something she shouldn't be wearing. I see someone stood there, feeling comfortable and confident in what she's wearing, and more bothered about how my hair and makeup looks than whether my tummy happens to be blatantly obvious in a tight fitting dress.
But that doesn't mean I don't worry what others think about what I look like - of course I do, I'm human. When I took the photos for this OOTD post, I was a bit nervous to say the least. I've so far lost a stone in weight and this is something I am so proud of. I've seen a change in my body shape, clothes are fitting better, I'm looking better. But I knew this dress, a stunning bodycon blue and black panel dress* (Evans*, £40) from Scarlett & Jo, hugged my tummy quite obviously. I was hesitant to even do this post, worrying about the inevitable comments some might make. And then I kept looking at the pictures a little bit more, examining and analysing every last one and I realised something. I like how I look. I can see the changes in my body shape since I decided to put my all into a healthy life, I can see where I've slimmed down a little, as well as my curves being just that little bit more towards that hourglass curve I'm hoping to reach. I stopped seeing the negatives and worrying about the what ifs, and now all I can see is positives. That's quite a nice feeling!
The Scarlett & Jo Bodycon Side Panel dress is really quite beautiful. It has a slip which I think makes a huge difference as it adds that extra layer which can hide a multiple of sins. With a good quality, thick fabric and a stunning colour combination, the blue highlights a nice shape, whilst the black helps to cheat a slimmer silhouette. It's super comfy; not too tight, but not so loose that it loses it's beautiful shape. Wearing this dress makes me feel confident. It makes me feel as if I am starting to reap the benefits of a lot of hard work. I feel confident enough to wear this dress out, and have had compliments when I have. For my first dabble into Scarlett & Jo, I'm impressed. And I'm definitely feeling more body confident.
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*This post contains a PR sample which were kindly sent to me for review, however all opinions are 100% my own.