On Body Confidence

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Today’s outfit(s) accompany a bit more personal of a story…

When I first decided to start shooting personal style posts, I had the body of a 23 year old and was about 20lbs lighter. I had no insight into how my body would change and develop, what health issues would strike and how my blog would grow in that I was consistently putting images of myself out on the internet for many to see.

In my mid to late 20s, thyroid disease struck and I gained 35 pounds and felt awful every day for nearly 2 years. I still struggle with the disease but have done a lot to try and improve how I feel (including two procedures – 1 that failed – to have my thyroid removed). I’m still now 15lbs heavier than I was 4 years ago so it has been a daily process in accepting my new body and also accepting that sometimes no matter what steps we take, we can’t control everything.

I mentioned when I wrote about 30 things I learned by 30, that one of the best lessons I learned in my 20s was to dress for my body type and not for what all the trends were.

…I have a big chest so I don’t get to wear cute bikini tops or fit and flare dresses that look so good on so many people.

…I have love handles and so jersey is often off the table for me or anything super form fitting for that matter.

…I have really pale skin that hates to be in the sun so you won’t see me sporting all white or other styles that show off beautifully bronzed skin.

…I take (somewhat ridiculous) steps to help keep my skin clear so that acne isn’t something I can fret about.

…I have knobby knees and small nail beds and ears that stick out and make wearing hats hard.

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But you know what I’ve learned from focusing on body positivity rather than body shaming? That there’s a lot to love when you start to look closely and more thoughtfully.

I love that I have my mom’s nose and my dad’s smile. I love that I have freckles sprinkled across my face and that my feet let me wear heels all the time and that I’m healthier than I used to be and that all around, things could be so much worse. I love that I ran my first half marathon this year and learned the value of pushing myself. I love that I get excited to get dressed every day even though I know a lot of times I spend in stores saying “that wouldn’t work on my body.”

Because…in the end, it’s so much more liberating to compliment yourself, than criticize it.

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When I started dressing for my own body and not the body I wish I had (or used to have), I discovered a new sense of confidence. And I wouldn’t trade that for the world.

Here’s to celebrating who we are and all we have. Many thanks to Lane Bryant for reaching out to help encourage me write down the words I’ve so often thought about sharing on this blog. I’m grateful that they empower women to feel their best about their bodies. It’s something we all should embrace more often. So join me, won’t you?

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Outfit One: Aritzia Top // DL1961 Jeans // Vince booties (similar) // Sophie Hulme bag

Outfit Two: Zara Top // Club Monaco Skort // Joie Heels (similar) // Old Navy bucket bag (sold out sadly!)

This post was created in collaboration with Lane Bryant through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Lane Bryant, all opinions are my own.

[Bekka Palmer Photography]

Skirting the Issue

everlane sweater I bcbg skirt I wit & whimsy in DUMBO

everlane sweater I bcbg skirt I wit & whimsy

I love a good top / skirt combo and I am so glad this Everlane sweater came into my life! It is so lightweight and soft and only $62 so I really can’t recommend it highly enough. They make some of my favorite wardrobe MVPs (the quality is magnificent and the price spot on) and this little guy is my new favorite. It’s perfectly paired with a skirt (this one is on major sale) but will be equally as good with jeans and boots come Fall.

Others worth adding to your closet include:

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I shot these photos in Dumbo in Brooklyn and I just love this part of the city (see my previous BK shoot here!) Next up I am excited to be headed to Colorado on Friday and will be shooting in Vail so look out for those posts to come! I can’t wait to capture a setting I love so dearly.

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Shop the Post:

Everlane sweater // BCBG Skirt ($71!) // Joie Heels (similar style here)

Celine sunglasses // Saint Laurent Bag

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[Bekka Palmer Photography]

Car Wash Skirt

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File this skirt under: most fun piece of clothing to wear ever. 

It is appropriately named the ‘Car Wash’ skirt and couldn’t be more fun shimmy in. How fun is the movement on it when you walk!? I love how Bekka captured it swishing.

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Tibi Car Wash Skirt I wit & whimsy

I’m not one for boring pencil skirts. I don’t own any. I’m much more inclined to find a skirt that can take you from your desk to drinks and has a more interesting component to it (and I got so many compliments on it at work!) Other examples include lace or a a bold color or a cool asymmetrical hem (I rounded up 15 cool skirts below for your shopping pleasure!)

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When we shot these photos I had an early appointment uptown and Bekka and I had so much fun shooting in Central Park in the prettiest morning light. I’ve never experienced Central Park so calm and peaceful in my life. I mentally noted to make early morning visits there more regular.

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Hope you’re having a great week!

Shop the Post:

Tibi Car Wash Skirt // Banana Republic Cropped Sweater (on sale; last seen here) // Saint Laurent Bag // Daniel Wellington Watch (c/o) // Joie Heels

More Fun Skirts:

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[Bekka Palmer Photography]