Dressing for the Body You Have

Anyone who has ever watched an episode of What Not to Wear has heard the phrase, “Dress for the body you have, not the body you want”.  To that thought, I’d like to add the following: The fact that something comes in what is theoretically your size does not mean that you should wear it.  

It’s a harsh fashion reality that all styles do not look good on all bodies.  For example, those colored skinny jeans in neon colors you saw on the skinny-mini at the mall last week?  

Yeah, not a good look on this body.  In fact, I’m going to go so far as to say they are emphasizing the size of her posterior.  NOT in a good way.  And her friend who told her those looked great?  Yeah, SO not a true friend.

Another thing about dressing for the body you have: You might want to make sure that body is properly covered.  This plea goes for the size zeros out there, and the not-so-small folks alike.  For the love of all that is good and holy, no one needs or wants to see your undergarments, or the parts of your body that your undergarments are failing to cover.  I cite the following from a local minor league baseball game as an example:

(Note: I did not snap this photo; a friend who attended the game with me did, and she was kind enough to forward it to me.)  How does one NOT know that one’s posterior is showing?  I know it was a hot day, but did she not feel the breeze???  How is this look even comfortable???  And again I feel compelled to ask, is anyone else old enough to recall the good old days when one’s bra was worn to “lift and separate”, but was not intended to be displayed?  I don’t need to see the exhibition of anyone’s bra straps, much less the entire back of the bra.  And really?  There is no reason I should know that she is wearing a thong, what color her thong is, or that said thong doesn’t match her bra.  That whale tale ought to be fully covered by her pants — or even a longer top — and that is a fact regardless of her size. 

I understand that people come in all shapes and sizes, and regardless of the reason, some people are larger than others.  Regardless of one’s size, however, one should dress in a manner that is appropriate for her body, and — PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT — that doesn’t subject the rest of us to  unsightly images that we can’t unsee now matter how badly we wish we could.  


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