Plainly put I am what others may consider a tall, shapely, southern girl with big feet!!! =) Attempting to find my place in the world by turning what I once considered an insecurity into an asset! I must say that this evolving thing has been quite the experience. I have always been the “larger one” in the group and luckily for me I can’t recall many times when I was taunted by the “MEAN KIDS” about it. I’m sure things were said but maybe I just didn’t hear them. Not that I needed anyone to point out the obvious though…. I can remember standing in front of the mirror at the age of ten wondering why my hips poked out in a way that other girls’ hips my age didn’t, EVEN thinking of ideas that I could make them “Stay in”!!!
I think the period of acceptance began when I was in the ninth grade and the term “THICK” was often being used by the boys to describe me. THICK….sounds a whole lot better than big-boned, big gul (girl just depends on where you are in the country), corn bread fed (o_0), husky, hefty, big sexy (my all time favorite) and FAT! The clothing industry seemed to realize that there was a greater need for plus sizes and I discovered stores such as Lane Bryant, Ashley Stewart, Old Navy, Simply Fashion etc. Yep! High school was when I coined the term “This looks good on me!” On the down side I often got the non compliment from others….” You dress really nice to be your size” THIS still urks me!!! Why can’t I just dress nice???? But I digress. High school was when I discovered FASHION!!
Oh how I wish it was that simple! I wonder why after looking back the picture is always clearer. Hmmp… may never know the answer to that one, but I can say that I searched high and low looking for something that I LOVED doing, my passion, my happy sort to speak. Not realizing that your passion is usually what comes natural to you. I thought that everyone had night visions of outfits that would go together, and hair styles that would go with those outfits. I thought everyone passed by a dress in the store and said “That would look good on such and such…” It wasn’t until my sister absolutely refused to shop for herself (so that I could shop for her) , my friends constantly called to see if I can come up with any ideas of what they should wear, when I couldn’t go out in public without someone stopping me to ask “Where did you get that from?” or until co-workers were waiting @ my desk looking forward to see what I would be wearing on that day, did I began to see that Fashion excites me!!! (Giddy)
By no way am I claiming to be the “fashionista” or the expert, in fact I try to stray away from those labels. What I do know is what I have is not forced but a natural flow of ideas that mesh well. Fashion isn’t about WHAT you wear, but HOW to wear what WORKS for you! AND that Complementary style has no size limitations!
By. E Louise….