Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wear It Wednesday - Choices

A few years ago I was about fifty pounds over my ideal weight and I was ill quite often. My fashion choices were plunging into the depths of frumpy old lady styles. I had given away all of my jeans and cool shoes because I was convinced I should start dressing in a more grown up feminine way in my fifth decade of life.

A print knit top with ugly khaki slacks and a strange summer weight scarf to top it all off was my look for our tour of the Barnsley Garden ruins in the early spring of 2010. Check out those sensible shoes!

In 2011 I read the book "Eat to Live" by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. It gave me the information I needed to help me make healthier choices at meal time. Over the next few months, I lost more than forty pounds and found my confidence again. My health improved dramatically. I returned to wearing my lifelong favorites including jeans and solids in neutral colors. I now have many styles and colors of jeans and wear them with interesting shoes almost everyday. I am honoring my true self.

The top photo was taken when I was four years younger but the extra weight and style of clothing makes me appear ten to fifteen years older.

The choices we make at every meal and each time we get dressed affect and reflect our self image. Your choice of clothing is silent communication with those who see you but those clothes also send messages to your inner self. Each time I saw myself in a picture or caught a glimpse of myself in a mirror during that earlier time, I was filled with self loathing. My inner voice would always say, "What has happened to you?" It makes a monumental difference for me when I am at or near my ideal weight and wear clothes I feel comfortable in. Not just comfortable on my body but also clothes that reflect who I really am. I grew up on a farm in western North Carolina so I was always a bit of a tomboy. Floral prints, dresses and ruffles are completely against my nature.

The moral of this post is, wear what makes you feel comfortable. Wear what reflects your true self. Don't try to fit anyone's perception of what is right for you. Be your best self and celebrate who you truly are everyday.

The black jacket, white tank and jeans are from Chico's. The belt is from T.J.Maxx. The shoes are by Nine West from Ross. The bag is from Finely House Couture in Blowing Rock, NC.

Thank you for joining me on this journey through midlife and beyond. 
The second fifty years are truly the best!

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