At the risk of being pelted with stones and burned at the stake, I’d like to admit that I have body issues. We all do. Tall, short, fat, thin, dark, light, old, young, as women have been trained to look at the details; and our bodies are no exception. While I may have been blessed with a naturally petite frame, I do have things I am not happy with – I wouldn’t be human if I didn’t. And one of the many list of things I’d change if I had a magic wand are my legs.
Being a natural redhead, I have a complexion somewhere between albino and Golum, which means that wearing anything above mid-calf frightens the bejeebers out of me. I also don’t have incredibly toned legs, and I’m not naturally muscle-y, so they’re a bit stick like an shapeless. My poor circulation has blessed me with perennial purple knees and matching spider veins. So you can imagine that with all this going on below the hips, I’m not too keen on showing them off.
The thing is, I realise that I am being silly, and that they aren’t THAT bad. No one has stopped me in the street to point and laugh, or had to seek medical attention after staring directly into them. They’re just not my best feature. And after 20 years of wishing I’ll wake up and discover that they’ve been swapped for Jennifer Lopez-like pins, I’ve decided enough is enough.
This summer I’m wearing dresses, shorts, skirts, kilts, rompers, hot pants – you name it! I don’t care. I’ve got what I’ve got. And they probably look the best now that they will ever look, so sod it! I am wearing a dress. Whenever I like.
My challenge to you isn’t to all wear dresses and short hem lines with me. It’s to admit to hiding that one thing that actually isn’t that bad, and to learn to love what you have. Do it!
So to help me with my mission, here are some advantages to wearing dresses. Future Jennifer who is looking at her legs in the mirror, take note:
- Cost effective: You buy one item that covers your whole body, which works out cheaper than tops and pants.
- Less laundry: one slip of fabric. In the wash. Done.
- Feminine: Only women can wear frocks. Embrace your femininity!
- Colours: you can experiment with so many more colours and patterns – so much easier than with multiple pieces in one outfit.
- Camouflage: Dresses hide a multitude of sins. The material flows over curves and flatters.
If you too have leg issues, let’s take it on together! I’ve done some shopping for you, if you’re looking to add some new dresses to your summer wardrobe:
What’s your thing? Belly? Bingo Wings? Feet? Bum? We all have our niggles. Safety in numbers, ladies, let’s tackle them together!