Monday, 10 August 2009

How to wear leggings (for short, thick bodies girls ^_~)

Really there is no rocket science to this. I've been battling with my body image and confidence for a long time. Within my circle of friends, I've always worn the slightly more outgoing/outrageous clothes and I pride myself for being more daring than I feel.
When leggings emerged from the fashion scenes I did not know what I was to do. I've never been into following trends but this was a trend I wish I could - but didn't know how to. Surely leggings would NOT flatter my shape and in turn make me look EVEN shorter and would highlight my lumps and bumps?
This was confirmed to me when eventually I began to see bigger girls doing it all wrong. It always looked - very unflattering. This scared me into thinking that I couldn't do it.

Until today I finally just got too annoyed. I'm so tired of jeans and I'm not going to keep avoiding these tops just because I wouldn't have leggings to go with. And I refuse to keep living in these jeans.

I looked at the types of leggings there are; there's different materials, lengths, colours and qualities. I asked myself, what would be great to break into that will flatter me and will most importantly - be fuss free.

The answer is cotton - thick enough to hold you in, thin enough to keep you looking slim. Colour? Black is good to start off with- or try dark navy. Length is always tricky but I know that as I'm a mere 5ft 1 (approx 151cm) tall, I can't wear anything cropped because this tends to make me look stockier than I am. Unless I wear heels in which I barely do. And really, would I spend that much money on a pair of leggings? - Probably not.

I headed to H&M and I bought my very first pair of leggings for £5.99. These are comfortable and very well made.

If your body shape is similar to mine you might wonder, what you can wear for with it to flatter your body shape.
Right now I'm really into vests with longer, draping sides. This gives the illusion that I'm leaner as it skims my lumps and bumps but the short length in the middle keeps me looking my height as opposed to 3ft tall. I love that you can wear these over a long sleeve or even alone.

Top: Primark £5
Leggings: H&M £5.99

Top: River Island £6 (sale)

I love baggy tops like this. Be careful, if you're short
like me, it can swamp you. Find one that is a) off the shoulder
to give you more dimension, b) that the end is closer to your bum than you knees,
and c) is made of thin material which will look nicer for your shape

Top: Primark £5

I also stumbled across this beautiful 80's feel short cropped top.
The short length means it will keep my legs long, as long as it's fitting and
flattering. I would NOT wear leggings with this despite it pairing up with
the 80's feel. I know that my shape would not suit that.
Instead I wear black fitted straight leg jeans.

Top: Primark £5

What other staple is there other than black pumps?
Pumps: Primark £4

I also picked up a Rimmel Exaggerate lip liner is Diva Red for approximately £4.
This means only one thing - red lip tutorial!

Peace x


mizzworthy said...

Great post - you look great in leggings too - I'm a new convert to them, and I love them - Im a larger lady too, they are so much more comfy than jeans!

♥ 珊珊 Kawaii Kuromi ♥ said...

thanks for tips.. i think i will need now to get me some new leggings :D

Lily said...

I just want to say that you have really inspired me to put a little more effort into my outfits. I had and still do have some body image problems but when I look at you and see how beautiful you look in certain pieces it inspires me to keep looking for the right pieces for me. And I know it is just clothing but it truly makes me feel more confident. So thank-you!

p.s. I am aware that this post is older but just felt like letting you know.

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