I've wanted to join in with the Proud of My Size link up run by Rachel over at the Near Sighted Owl since I stumbled across her blog. If you've not read it before get over there now, not only is her writing style great, she's gorgeous and is fighting the good fight when it comes to body image and a bit of self love!
So here's my image! Its taken 27 years to come to the conclusion that I'm ok just the way I am. That a number does not dictate my worth in anyway shape or form and that taking care of myself physically and mentally is whats important. I was a ladies size 16/18 when I was in my tweens, and I remember being so ashamed that I had to get my school uniform from Marks and Spencers because kids clothes didn't fit me. No kid should go through that. All it would have took was for a few suppliers to up size a little. I wasn't even that fat, I was just tall and well built, but the shame piled on by external forces, (surprisingly mostly adults rather my child peers) can really effect a young mind.
You know what, I've never been an unhappy fat person. Over the years I've been from a size 16 to a 24 and any dislike, shame, disappointment or feelings of unattractiveness were brought on by societies view of me and how I was told to view myself - not how I felt inside. My body has never reached that size that is totally "socially acceptable" and it never will. Now I've changed my mindset I'm comfortable with that - freeing yourself from that burden is awesome!
And now for the outfit...
Last weekend I went on a bit of charity shop crawl. I picked up an epic snuggly jumper dress by French Connection (which I will do as an outfit post soon), and my eye was also caught by this crazy shirt by warehouse with an awesome kitsch cowboys print.
The shirt just drew me straight in and at £2.50 I couldn't say no. The problem however is that I don't wear crazy prints, or shirts for that matter so how to style it??
So I made a bit of an attempt at a cow girl look with a bit of a retro twist.
Shirt - Charity Shop
Vest - Asda
Jean Shorts - Asda (cut off)
Ankle cowboy boots - Peacocks.
Didn't really have time to accessories as had to run out of the door after this was shot, but just put a head scarf on to add to the look.
Bit of a step out of my comfort zone with a loud print, but I think it works and felt kinda rocking in it!
After I took the pics I tucked the vest into the shorts which improved the look a bit I think, forgot to photograph it. Hubby said it was a bit Daisy Duke esque...
Have you guys ever brought a piece that goes with nothing in your usual wardrobe but you just had to have? How did you style it?