I’m a strange duck-billed platypus version of both of my parents: I have my paternal grandmother’s hourglass shape in the trunk with ample breasts, hips and backside paired with my maternal grandmother’s long arms and legs. I have the exact same shape hands and feet as my mom down to the longer second toe and skinny width, but my face is very telltale: I look exactly like my dad.
I should also mention I’m 5’9: a gift from both sides of the family.
As I get older, this Wild West of Genetics has created some interesting challenges when it comes to shopping for clothes, particularly since most designers don’t understand that you can be tall AND curvy. This is the reason you rarely see me in a dress: long waists and curves don’t normally result in a dress purchase for me. Which is why I tend to purchase separates: more outfits, less struggle.
When I shot these photos, I was struggling with a recent weight gain. We’ve all been there, but the key I’ve found that works for me is to wear fitted clothing when I’m tempted to leave the house shrouded in baggy clothes.
You have to celebrate your shape TODAY, ladies and gents. No hiding, no tents, no Bag Lady Chic moments. Cinch your waist, throw on a jacket and frame it. If you turn to black, it has to be fitted black and there needs to be some color injected to add interest.
Also, throw on jewelry, turn up the tunes and leave the house. This is you, today. Don’t hide: something amazing could be right around the corner, and it might miss you if you’re covered up. Throw your head back and find out what’s out there.
Life’s too short: live it up. 🙂