Dress c/o Foster Bay, Kimchi Blue heels, Club Monaco clutch, Wilfred belt, cone earrings c/o Poshlocket
Though it’s probably the last thing you’d associate with my aesthetic now, if there was one thing I thought I’d never do without awhile ago, it’d be body-con, figure-flaunting silhouettes. I think it’s safe to say that there’s probably not a girl alive who hasn’t had a moment of contention with her figure at some point or another, and I’m definitely one of them. Call it the “grass is greener on the other side” effect, but for years I struggled with styling my hourglass silhouette, taking the easy route by opting for almost Kardashian-like, bandage-style pieces when dressing up. Like the Kardashian Klan, I decided that instead of trying to figure out how to not look “chest-heavy” or “shapeless” in more elegant yet conservative pieces, I’d put all my curves out there. I mean really, it’s pretty hard to mistake a waist if it’s quite literally bound in a thin layer of Lycra-blend.
Thankfully, several years ago I finally decided that instead of simply assuming that this style or that style wouldn’t work on me, it’d be worth putting just the tiniest amount of time and effort into finding ways of dressing that not only suitedmy unique proportions but also the more discrete aesthetic I’d always been drawn to.As I continued to mature past and into new avenues of life (completing my education, getting into a serious relationship, choosing a career path and, of course, becoming involved in the blogging community), my style evolved as well, and I realized that all the hardened views I’d had about what a figure like mine could pull off were wrong. I quickly learnt that the trick to making an hourglass figure work with just about any style was a great bra (minimizers in particular help heaps), making sure I steered clear of tent-silhouettes and opting for waist-nipping shapes whenever possible.
I was actually almost surprised by how a few little tricks could make me feel infinitely more comfortable and true to my natural taste in such a short period of time, and sure enough, I was soon consistently gravitating towards delicate, discretely figure-flattering options like this mint green dress that I would have glossed over only a few years beforehand. Most of my skin-tight pieces are now probably being picked over in some Salvation Army in Vancouver, and quite frankly, I don’t miss them much.
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