Once upon a time, there was a dress. It was a beautiful dress, but I thought it made my hips look large and my waist look like it would burst. Determined to wear it again someday, I put it in my closet pile of “items I can wear when I lose a few more pounds.” Over two years later, I was cleaning out my closet and decided to try it on one last time. If it still didn’t fit, it was gone. I was convinced it wouldn’t because there is no way I lost enough weight (I said as I took a bite of delicious pizza).
But it did fit. And it didn’t just fit – it looked good. The dress was saved from the thrift store pile! And made it all the way to today’s post 🙂
Only one of two things could have happened in this scenario: either I somehow lost weight without realizing it (unlikely, I thought as I stared at my cancelled gym membership card), or I was way harsher on myself two years ago than I am now.
I spent a good half hour looking at myself asking “Girl, what is wrong with you? Do you know how many times you could have worn this dress??” This was a lesson learned in being a better self-critic. I firmly believe we are all our own self esteem’s worst enemy, and this was a classic example. Have you ever had a similar moment with your own wardrobe? I’d love to hear your stories and how you pep talked yourself into being nicer to you. 🙂
I’m not normally one for cutout dresses, and I especially wasn’t when this dress was gifted to me. However, I took a chance on it because it is so lovely. I think I am becoming a convert! It felt so cool on a muggy day.
I finished the outfit off with some classic accessories and a little sunburn 😉
Though this was a joyful outfit, it was a bittersweet day: I recently accepted a new position as Managing Editor of a trade magazine, which means Melissa and I no longer work for the same company. I’m excited about my new job, but sad we won’t be taking blog outfit photos together anymore.