STYLE INCLUSIVE – A Leopard Print Slip-Dress on Two Women, One Misses and One Plus-Size
It’s time for another Style Inclusive post with my friend Angie of Act your Style. This month we both styled a leopard print slip dress from Target’s A New Day line. And I’m answering the question: Can an outfit be life-changing? But first…
Can My Confidence Handle this Body Confidence Series?
When Angie first approached me about this body confidence collaboration I was very excited to join because it meant someone had recognized that I too had a goal to encourage women of all shapes and sizes to be more confident and dress the body they have. But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worried what posting a picture of myself next to a younger, skinny woman wearing the same thing would do to what self-esteem I myself had worked hard to gain. If you’re a curvy or plus-size woman, you’ll know exactly what I mean.
However, what has surprised me is that this exercise has not negated my body-confidence gains, but has only solidified the fact that beauty and style have no age or size limit. When I see my photos next to Angie’s, instead of being critical I have honestly said, “Hey, I’m not too shabby.”
The Impact of Clothes and Styling on Your Confidence
That being said, I still don’t want to stand in a bathing suit next to a skinny girl and photograph it, (I’ve done it with my skinny sisters and that’s hard enough) but to me, this collaboration shows how important it is to style our clothes to flatter our body and our individual personalities. It also confirms the power an outfit can have, good or bad, over the way we feel about ourselves.
A lot of times we might slough off clothing and style as frivolity; I know I have. And I know I’ve said it before: An outfit may not change your life but it can change how you see yourself but I may have underestimated here.
An Outfit Can be Life-Changing
An outfit that fits well and that you know you look good in, makes you feel great and that helps you show up in your world more confident and happy. Isn’t that life-changing for us women?
But, if you’re still not convinced, how many of us remember when Marsha Brady made over the ugly-duckling of her high-school? If that’s not a great example of how a little makeup and the right clothes can give a girl so much confidence she changes her personality and becomes the most popular girl around, I don’t know what is. I know, I live in a Brady Bunch dream world but it’s a good place to live right now. 😉
See the first Style Inclusive post.
Now that we’ve talked about a great outfit, let’s get to this affordable statement piece. I’m wearing this A New Day leopard print slip-dress in a size 1X and Angie is wearing the misses small. These dresses are cut on the bias, which, despite what stylists will tell you, is not super flattering on a curvy body. It’s for that reason, I went up a size and will see about having it altered a little once the world opens back up. After I saw Angie in hers, I’m also thinking that mine should be a little shorter as well.
I love how Angie layered pieces for a more casual look. And you all know I LOVE a good print mix!
Head over to Angie’s website to get the details of her look.
Where I’d Wear This Look
For this post, I decided to wear this slip dressed fancied-up with a white boyfriend blazer from Loft that I wore in this post. I would totally wear this to church, for date night or to a wedding.
But, keep an eye out because I also styled this cute leopard slip-dress three other ways and will be sharing those with you very soon.
Talk to Me Baby…
Can you testify to the impact of clothing and how you style it has over your mood, confidence, or even your outlook on life?
What do you wear that you feel the most confident in?