Shopping Is An Art Wear It Well

Shopping is my sport of choice, but it hasn’t always been that way. Not too many years ago, my kids were small and it was all that I could do to get them dressed and out the door, much less worry about me and what I looked like. Now that my twins are 13 I find myself with a little more me time and have rediscovered shopping as my sport of choice. What I have found though is after baby shopping has taken on a new form. The more I read about the adventures of others in this arena the more I began to think about the rules of the sport. Fashion is for everyone and I want everyone to love the sport as much as I do.

Make Peace With Your Body Type

Real women are beautiful and they should know it. Do not look to the cover of a magazine and aspire to that. Real women have shape, and curves, and flaws. Love them all. We all have parts of our body that are not our favorite. For me it is my baby bump (although since my kids turned 13 this week I am not sure that you can even still call it that). Try as I might over the years exercise and diet could not make it go away. Now I embrace my body and would not trade that bump for anything in the world. Whatever that body part may be for you know that it is part of what makes you unique and special. Once you embrace your body type, shopping will take on an entirely new meaning.

Let the Clothes Do The Work In Terms of Silhouette

Choose pieces that help accentuate your best features. Select tailored jackets that are fitted at the bust and waist. That will help give you an hourglass appearance. Choose darker wash jeans that will give a slimmer, longer appearance. Choose v-neck tops that draw your attention towards the face and your beautiful smile.

Define The Waist

Find items that help define you waist which is the smallest part of your body. Look for ways to add a belt to your outfits Belts draw attention to your waistline and provide shape to most outfits. Another way to define your waist is to choose a wrap dress or a wrap top. Wrap tops and dresses gather at the waist and provide an hourglass shape. The great thing about wrap pieces is that they are universally flattering.

Love It or Leave It

If you do not love it in the dressing room or the store, leave it there. Clothes look their best in the store. They will not grow on you once you get them home. They will hang in your closet and taunt you with the dangling price tag. Only purchase items that scream buy me, buy me in the store. Those pieces will be the ones that you can not wait to wear. Your entire attitude will change when you wear it and people will take notice.


The next time that you take the field in the shopping game, think about what you love best about yourself. Embrace that and find items that highlight that part of yourself. Shopping is fun and shopping is for everyone.



About @mfashforward

I am a fashion obsessed working mom of twin teenagers. I have spent my career in the retail industry dressing others on a daily basis. Now, I must strike a delicate balance by remaining fashion forward and having my teenagers still acknowledge my existence. Follow me on a journey into my fashion world.

Posted on October 26, 2012, in Fashion, Shopping, Style, Stylist and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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