Let’s talk about something ugly: insecurities. We all have them. I’m not talking about how big or little you are, or how well an item fits or how good or bad it looks… This is all about how confident you feel in your clothes. I frequently find myself attracted to styles that I’m not necessarily comfortable wearing. Instead of being dissuaded, I react as I do to terribly tacky trends: Challenge accepted. (Seriously, the worse the trend, the more appealing it is to me to try to make it look good.) It’s all about finding ways to work it.
Let’s start with shorts. I once went a whole summer refusing them entirely. I actually remember wearing JNCOs over my bikini (it was 1997 – no pictures, thankfully). Recently, however, I’ve embraced the look. I practically lived in this leather(like) pair through the winter, but always with tights. When temperatures rose and it came time to bare legs, they suddenly seemed exceedingly – well – bare.
As for the lace pair, I’ve tried them on many times, but the narrow cut and minimal lining always deterred me from wearing them out. I’m fine with sheer fabrics when they have drape and flow – shrink-wrapped to my problem areas is another story.
Two pairs of shorts. Two wrongs. But together they look oh so right.
On my upper half, I applied the same combination of leather(like) and lace. A delicate top gave just enough coverage for a cropped bustier that showed off an inch or two more tummy than I was comfortable with.
The crowning achievement of this look, however, is the blazer. You thought insecurities could only be about baring skin? Oh, no. When you’re the odd combination of curvy and petite, a blazer is your worst enemy. Button it up and it pulls and buckles in the chest – or worse, takes on a corset-like form. Leave it open and it flaps about awkwardly. A taller, stacked girl might rock it, but anyone (me) under 5’3″ (5 foot and half an inch – yes, the half counts) can end up looking like a tree stump. To make it work, I had to get a bit crafty.
Since I don’t have a talented and affordable tailor on call 24-7 for such emergencies, I fashioned a fastener out of my DIY spike earrings and a scrap of chain. This managed to keep the jacket in check while giving it a more forgiving fit. With the added weight of the earrings, it actually hung rather nicely. And I’ve yet to find a wardrobe item that isn’t improved with the addition of spikes.
For this round, at least, it’s Insecurities: 0, Holly: 1. Ironically, today I’m facing the ugly task of finding a swimsuit to wear – in public – for the first time since college. I’m open to suggestions.