her post last week was a perfect example of the power we each have to tell our story – to the world and ourselves – with the clothes we choose to wear.
dress for the day you want to have,
not the one that’s trying to have you.
today and every wednesday, i invite you to link arms, blogs, and instagrams in solidarity. here’s to setting the tone for the days we desire with the clothes we pull from the closet!
Last week was so encouraging for me when I posted my Dress For The Day pictures, and you all caught me mid-air in a cloud of amazing support and told me I’d be ok. I confessed to you that I have body issues, that I’m working through them, but I’m still working. Present tense.
And you all flocked in, one by one, encouraging me, sharing your own stories of growth and brokenness and the healing in between. It was absolutely beautiful.
So maybe you’ll understand when I tell you something.
This week was even harder.
I somehow accidentally saw pictures of myself a month ago. I’ve even lost a bit of weight since then, so I know it’s “better now”, but still these photos sortof wrecked my carefully stacked resolve to feel happy with where I’m at and hopeful about where I’m headed. I remember at the time those photos were taken feeling good about my outfit, I felt put together. I didn’t feel the way (I thought) I appeared in the photos.
Suddenly I’d taken 10 steps backwards. I wanted to hide again, to be invisible again. And then I thought about real problems in the world, who am I to make such a big emotional deal about my appearance, and felt the shame cycle starting all over again.
I felt God balming it all. Saying, “you are redeemed. You are made new. I see the inside, focus on that, let me work on the outside.”
So I pulled out some new red lipstick.
And told my brain to stop whirling. And decided to dress for the day I wanted to have.
It’s not going to all be perfect overnight. I think that everyone has heard that a time or twenty.
But it can certainly be a red lipstick kinda day.
This outfit made me feel comfy and like Fall was really here. I bought this striped maxi skirt at Target in the maternity section with zero apologies. It’s comfy and cut WELL for my body shape right now. Who really cares what the label says! I’ve also been experimenting with belting shirts to accent my waist and I’m liking it (I think). I used to think the belt drew attention, but really it just highlights the positive – I actually have a pretty defined waist in there somewhere!
And I would like to introduce you to the red lip. This was the second time I’d bedazzled the smackers in this way — and seriously people. It gives you a KICK in your step! Go find a color that looks good and wear it out and see how you feel!
And just for fun, I have to share this funny picture. This is me when my husband told me to do “fierce” — I think I just look mad! Related: this is another fun way to style this outfit. You’re welcome.
What fun things did you wear this week?
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