Body Image Booster: 10 Ways To Have Fun With Fashion
Mondays can be rough for many of us, and this doesn’t create the ideal environment for building a better body image. To help you turn that around, every Monday features a tip, activity, inspiring quote or some other tidbit to help boost your body image – and kick-start the week on a positive note.
Got a tip for improving body image? Email me at mtartakovsky at gmail dot com, and I’ll be happy to feature it. I’d love to hear from you!
I’ve mentioned before how much I loovvveee fashion.
Fashion is a fun and creative way to express yourself, and it can help boost your body image, too.
When you’re wearing something that feels comfortable on your skin and makes you feel beautiful, it can make a difference in your mood, and possibly, how you see your body.
Maybe it’s a small gesture like putting a smile on your face.
Clothes can evoke a variety of emotions and states. Depending on what you’re wearing, maybe you feel relaxed, sexy, sophisticated, elegant, bold or light and flirty.
While I believe it’s important to feel confident from the inside out, I do think clothing can be a confidence booster.
When I’m wearing something that feels great, I feel great. Simple, but true.
For instance, contrast that with how you feel when you’re wearing something that feels ill-fitting or something you don’t love.
(By the way, that’s a photo of me taken a year ago at J.Crew outlet, one of, OK, really my most favorite store. I was trying on the too-big-for-my-head hat. Needless to say, I did not get it.)
So today, I thought it’d be fun to share with you some of my favorite fashion blogs (some new-to-me and others I’ve loved for years).
They celebrate embracing your body and clothing it in some fabulous and unique pieces.
They inspire girls and women of every body, shape and size.
These women are proud of their physical appearance, and they’re all beautiful!
And I think that’s what it boils down to: Regardless of your size or shape, you deserve to feel beautiful, and to dress beautifully.
1. Already Pretty.
Sally is amazing. She not only wears clothes beautifully (and puts bright colors together seamlessly), but she dishes out great style advice – and she writes a lot about body image and beauty. And her words are always insightful!
(She’s also done a Q&A on Weightless! Check it out.)
2. Kendi Everyday.
I love Kendi’s carefree and pretty style. Plus, her random musings always crack me up.
3. Advanced Style.
I just discovered this blog, and I’m so thrilled I did. Why? Here’s a glimpse from the about page: “Advanced Style offers proof from the wise and silver-haired set that personal style advances with age.”
Our culture doesn’t deal well with aging. But this blog shows that style and confidence just get better and better as you age. And I love that message.
4. Curves and Chaos.
This blog is all about fashion and beauty for the curvy gal. Here’s Monique’s tagline, which I love: “Curves & Chaos is a blog for the CURVY woman. She is glamorous, fabulous, foxy, confident, and more.” Couldn’t agree more.
Blogger Gabi’s sense of style is cool, confident and city chic. Her blog is a positive, fun and vibrant space.
This blog features photos of fabulously dressed larger women. According to the tagline, it’s “real fashion. large bodies.”
Marie Denee is a plus-size stylist. Not only is her style stunning, but her blog offers a variety of great resources for curvy fashion. Here’s a list of curvy designers and plus-size magazines and communities.
8. Karla’s Closet.
Karla has this unique, quirky and vibrant sense of style. It not only inspires me, but reminds me to wear what I want to wear – and be me.
Again, that’s what I love about these fashion blogs – everyone embraces their own style. They don’t hide. They highlight their beauty. They have fun with dressing up.
It’s about the individual and celebrating that. It’s about dressing for yourself and feeling fabulous!
“I definitely think plus sizes can look great in this style, don’t let anyone tell you you can’t wear something because of your size. Life is short, have as much fun with fashion as you want! I didn’t wear shapewear with these because I don’t find shapewear comfortable. And it’s hard to feel sexy if I’m not comfortable. So forget the spanx.”
10. Vixen Vintage.
Solanah wears clothing inspired by the 40s and 50s. So beautiful! Her tagline says it all: “I sew my own dresses, knit my own sweaters, but never cut my own bangs.”
What are your favorite fashion blogs? Do you feel like clothes boost your body image? What’s your favorite store? Or your favorite outfit?
Tartakovsky, M. (2014). Body Image Booster: 10 Ways To Have Fun With Fashion. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 2, 2015, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/weightless/2011/03/body-image-booster-10-ways-to-have-fun-with-fashion/