21 September 2013

Feeling body confident OOTD


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.
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  1. Love this dress on you! Thanks so much for posting these pictures and telling us how great you feel in it. I'm a size 14-16 and often feel I can't wear body con but you've inspired me :) xo

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    1. Thank you so much Alexandra, I'm so glad to hear I've inspired you to try bodycon! If you buy the right style and from a good quality brand, bodycon is no way as scary as we think it can be :) xo

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  2. Ooh love the dress and good on you for this post. I think you look fab! We all have days when we prefer to be hidden and unfortunately I have more than a few, but I am learning and I think why not bloody well shout about it when you do! People can think what they like and so go forth and wear the clothes you love!
    H

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    1. Thank you so much H! So glad you are on your way to feeling better in what you are wearing :) xo

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  3. I think you look gorgeous and your confidence shows!

    Style Blog // Photography Blog // Photography Facebook

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  4. very pretty dress. has perfect shape :)

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    1. Thank you! I love it, it's so flattering. xo

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  5. You look great, well done on the weight loss but more importantly well done on the additional confidence. A confident girl no matter what her size or what she's wearing is always a good look :) Great post

    Claire | AgentSmyth

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    1. Thanks so much Claire. I agree. Confidence is much more important and it's something I'm slowly but surely regaining xo

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  6. babes your beautiful :)

    i know how you feel, 3 years ago i was 17 years old, 24 stone at 5ft11. fast forward to my 19th birthday and i was a size 16/18.fast forward to my 21st birthday that was this august and im 24 stone again. id give anything to go back to a size 18, but i also since ive been fat again, ive been happier with my body, i have a dress that if i sit down you can see the lumpy bits, at first i hated it. but ive become used to my body, i think your only ready to lose weight, when your happy with the body you have in the first place.

    that said, you look amazing :)


    catherine

    http://beautyintheeyeofthebe-holder.blogspot.co.uk/

    xxx

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    1. Thank you so much Catherine! I completely agree, you have to be in the right frame of mind to do something like changing your lifestyle food wise! xo

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  7. I don't know you personally but every time you post something like this I'm so proud! It takes balls to post things like this. Plus everyone is most likely just looking at your amazing chest haha!

    xxx

    www.erinjaine.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much Erin, that's such a lovely thing to say. Haha, and yeah, my boobs don't look discreet in this, do they! xo

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  8. I think you look amazing! My Mum feels the same, always worrying that her tummy looks big or she has a muffin top but i just tell her she's beautiful :)

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    1. Thank you so much Laura :) That's so lovely of you! I am sure your mum really appreciates it, too xo

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  9. I'm also on a weight loss journey right now, sure I'd love to be really thin like the people we see in magazines, but I'm mainly a body confidence journey. I've never been so un-confident in my skin as I do now & I'm looking to get my confidence back. You're such an inspiring person & my all time favourite blogger.

    Nicola:
    curlandpearls | bloglovin'
    xo

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    1. It's a good way to go about it, Nicola. Never aspire to be someone else with someone else's figure, just aspire to be happier and confident in your own body :) Thank you so much, that means a lot xo

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  10. This is so flattering! :) well done on the changes you see already, keep going!

    Kerry @ Lived With Love! | Mummy, Beauty & Lifestyle blog

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    1. Thank you so much Kerry. The dress is so very flattering, I love it! Thanks for the encouragement :) xo

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  11. Beautiful dress and your skin looks flawless.

    Kelle
    Fashion,Love and Life
    www.fashionloveandlife.com

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  12. You look great lovely, as long as you're confident and comfortable in your skin that's all that matters! Screw the haters! x

    fabheadtotoe.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you so much Emma! I'm definitely re-gaining confidence lost over the years xo

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  13. I adore this outfit you look fab hun, that dress is so gorgeous and the colour suits you so much! I want it!
    Liza | Glambeautys | YouTube

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    1. Thank you so much Liza. A dress like this would look phenomenal on your figure! xo

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  14. you look great
    thank you for being so inspiring
    ive been struggling with body weight issues this year

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    1. Thank you so much and I am so happy to hear my posts are inspiring you. I hope you over come your body weight issues soon xo

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  15. You look brilliant, Sophia! You should be proud of yourself. I wish I'd look that good in a dress like that! x

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    1. Thank you so much Gemma, what a lovely comment to receive xo

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  16. Honestly, you look amazing in this! i am now going to buy this based on how great you look! ps fabulous knockers!

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    1. Ah I hope you'll love it as much as me! :) Thank you xo

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  17. You look amazing! That blue suits you so much! I agree with you so much on wearing you clothes you feel fab and comfy in, not just what society tells you you can wear :) xxx

    www.kookycapricious.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you so much Elena :) Definitely! I'm not quite sure I have ever worn anything that would pass as in the right season or abiding to societies expectations, and I want to keep it that way! ;) xo

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  18. You look gorgeous and as you say you should just wear what you want. I hate all this bullshit is magazines about "dressing for your shape", to perfect this ideal look women are meant to have. All body shapes are just as nice as the other and people should be able to show them off or cover them up in whatever way they like :-)

    Awesome post xo

    http://thebigmegowski.blogspot.ie/

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    1. Thanks so much Megan :) Ah yes! I agree. And esp when the shapes are supposed to be curvier fits for plus sized girls, yet always a size 10/12 model?! xo

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  19. I do believe that my teenage daughter would reply to this post by simply saying "flawless" (which I agree with!) but I would like to say a little more.

    Looking at the picture I am guessing we are about the same size. I never wear anything like this as I am too self conscious but I have my wedding anniversary coming up and I am *so* going to try something like this. It is SO flattering. I tend to hide away under baggy jumpers and long skirts or jeans, but I definitely think I could get away with this one.

    Sophia, I love the way I never know what to expect from your next post. You are forever foraying into more taboo subjects (hairloss? 1 week in and I can see a difference with the treatments you mentioned). You are a blogger that actually has something to bring to the table for everyone. Thank you.

    Fi xoxox

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    1. I think I might like your daughters 'flawless' phrase! I hope you will get something with a bodycon style, they're really not as scary as you'd think :)

      And thank you Fi, that really does mean a tremendous amount to me xo

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    2. I did it! I went to ASOS and got myself a bodycon dress for my upcoming anniversary and was all ready to have to get Spanx or something but nope - it really does work! Got a gorgeous long black dress with studs on it (think the New Rocks will be getting a dusting down to go with it). I never would have bought something like it before, but given that my daughter is my harshest critic and she was really surprised with how well I could carry it off, I am thrilled.

      You are completely right, definitely not scary at all. Can't wait to see my husband's face 4 weeks this Sunday when we go out for a meal!

      Wether you know it or not, you are incredibly inspirational.

      Fi x

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    3. Thank you so much Fi, that means the World to me :) xo

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  20. You look beautiful! Such a gorgeous dress. xx
    www.rosesjaunes.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you Amy, it is, isn't it? :) xo

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  21. You look TINY, such a nice dress xo

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    1. I wish I was tiny! Haha! But thank you :) I love it! xo

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  22. You look incredible!
    You've always been gorgeous but you are right, you can really see where you have lost weight. You have such a lovely figure as well:)
    I love a good ol' bodycon dress, especially with a nice bit of paneling :P

    xxx

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    1. Thank you Lucy :) I suppose it's easier for someone like you to notice the small changes - As you've met me a couple of times in person! I think otherwise, if you haven't seen someone's body in person, it can be difficult to notice the changes - so I am glad you can see them too :) The paneling on this is fantastic, I love it! xo

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  23. HEEEEEEEEEY SEXXXY LADY! ;)

    <3 you look beautiful lovely!
    Rosie xo

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  24. Gorgeous! You're a positive body image role model!

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    1. Thank you so much, that is such a massive compliment! xo

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  25. Really enjoyed reading this post. I think that dress looks lovely on you :)
    Bethan x

    bethangrace95.blogspot.co.uk

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  26. You look incredible!! I love this dress on you! You're beautiful!
    I'm a 12-14 andI know that's smaller than you and an average size but I grew up being bullied for being fat (and still get told I'm a "big" girl by my nanna) and I still feel really uncomfortable about my body and they way I look but your posts have inspired me to say "F**K IT! I like how I look and I don't care about anyone else's opinion.". You look so good in all your OOTD posts and you have such a fantastic outlook on life! Thank you for being a blogger!

    Nicky
    zeeblikesit.blogspot.com
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    1. I'm bigger than a 12-14 :) In fact, the UK average dress size is a 16 :) I'm currently at a 14! xo

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