Hello and thanks for dropping by. This link is to my life long friend, Rhoda's blog. She featured the article I wrote with a post on Fashion Over 50: Thrift Store Shopping, March 18, 2015. The overwhelming positive response to the article compelled me to share my weight loss journey on my blog which had been inactive. You might enjoy the photos so drop by and check it out.
While browsing the clearance rack at Macy’s I struck up a
conversation with a fellow shopper. Imagine that! She commented how she
was shopping for her mother-in-law and she wore a size “W” for WIDE!
Yes, she said that! She was totally serious. She truly thought the W
meant WIDE! Well, bless her heart! I almost slapped her. How could any
woman in today’s society be so uninformed about women’s clothing sizes?
Granted she appeared to have never experienced any sort of weight issue
and I’m happy for her. Sort of! But what about the 100 million plus
sized women who wear size 14-34? Yep, that’s the figure quoted in an
article by Margaret Bogenrief, December 21, 2012, Business Insider.
During my 30’s and 40’s, I took care of everyone but me and
neglected my mental and physical health, resulting in obesity and a very
negative body image. I just could not bring myself to spend money on
fashionable clothing while so overweight. Maybe subconsciously I felt I
didn’t deserve to dress better, feeding into the self loathing
overweight women fight everyday. I think it was more about being
wasteful not wanting to invest in larger sized clothes because surely I
would lose the weight just any day. Now in my late fifties, I have
finally accepted myself, my body, and want to dress fashionably for my
age and weight!
My life long friend, Rhoda, has always been very fashionable and
trendy and I have learned a lot from her over the years. Specifically,
Rhoda introduced me to shopping at thrift stores. Now, no matter my
size, I can spend very little money on clothing but enjoy dressing in
name brand quality pieces for a fraction of what they would cost at
original retail price. About 75% of my wardrobe came from a
thrift store. So as I lose weight and move into smaller clothing sizes,
I’m confident I’m not being wasteful at all.
Accepting and loving myself while weighing over 200 pounds has
been life changing. Consequently, I have begun to lose weight and feel
so much better about my appearance as I dress for my size and age. For
me, forgiving myself for the damage done was necessary for change. I
encourage all women, no matter your age or size, to accept your bodies
and work with where you are and what you have right now. Don’t put off
enjoying life until…you lose 5 or 50 pounds!
Dress to enhance your hair and eye color. Determine your best
features and showcase them. One of my dear friends is about my size and
age and she has great legs! She looks fabulous in shorter dresses and
skirts, while I hide my knocked knees! Know your best colors, experiment
with accessories or a new hair cut and color. You’ll be surprised how a
new shade of lipstick can brighten your smile and your face! Spring is a
great time of year to try new pieces, new styles! You are worth any
time or money you spend on yourself!
As for the “W”, it represents “Woman”! I’m not sure what that says about all those who wear sizes 0-12! Happy Spring, y’all!