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It's Not About the Size


You’ve seen it a million times. These thin, picturesque models in fashion advertisements in magazines such as “GQ,” “Vogue,” “Bazaar” and “Cosmopolitan” have you envious and perhaps a bit depressed. You want to be thin. You want to be that woman in the ad that has long legs, a perfect skin tone, a gorgeous photogenic face…the perfect everything.

You’ve also been told it’s an illusion. It’s called Photoshop to the max and stylists galore. But sometimes we can’t help but wish we were slimmer and more toned, to have a different body shape than what we’ve been given, to be a size 0.

Lisa Kimelman discovers fashion as she deals with her husband’s trial in “Elle’s” October issue:

“José, so patient with my fashion prejudices for so long, finally seemed to have reached the end of his rope: ‘Do you think people you see on the street who look meticulous, do you think the just walk into a store and buy something that fits them? Everybody alters. That’s why they look so great.’

She continued:

“It was a revelation to me: Everybody alters? You mean they don’t all fit naturally into beautiful clothes? They don’t all know instinctively which heels to wear with leggings? They aren’t all size 00 and earning $250,000 a year…?”

We’re not all supposed to be size 0, nor is it necessary to be a size 0. How is a sexy, curvaceous woman supposed to fit herself into a size 00 skinny jean? Not possible. Does that mean she has to lose weight? NO. It means she has to fit the perfect-fitting jean that suits her body the way that it is. We alter the clothes to fit us, not the other way around.

If you’re a naturally thin girl, embrace that. Find clothing that flatters your slenderness and that gives you curves and shape where you may not have any. This may include ruffles, pencil skirts, bows, artistic designs/patterns, etc.

Those of you who have a bigger build, don’t ever be ashamed. Wear clothes that accentuate your waistline and flattering features. Wide leg pants, V-necks, tunics, etc.

Don’t forget about the luxury of comfort. But don’t be so absent-minded that you forget that you should look nice everyday, no matter what. Sweats are good now and then, but not all the time.

Dress to impress, but most importantly, dress to show off your self-esteem and confidence, because you know everyone alters, and being a size 0 isn’t everything in life.


By: Laura Good | Quotes: “Elle” October issue, “The Verdict,” by Lisa Kimelman; pg. 152; Images: Tumblr, Source

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