Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Oversized Clothes: Dressing to Hide My Body

I have realized that I wear clothes that are too big for me.
Part of the reason is that I was a size larger in high school than I am now.
When I went to college, I worked out more than in high school, I was really careful about what I ate (for fear of the “freshman 15”) and I walked a ton. My boobs shrank in size as did the rest of my body.
Since freshman year of college, I have been the same size, but I continue to buy clothes that are too big for me (like these pants...)

I think I still thought for a while, that I was bigger than I was, which is sadly, what I have found, a normal thing for women to feel. I also was buying bigger clothes because I did not like the attention my body and my looks get from students around campus or from people on the streets of New York City. I also thought that there was no way that my best friends, who are way shorter than me, could be wearing the same size as me.

I consider myself to be a very confident person, but I am shy when I get complimented and am particularly shy and uncomfortable when I get creepy looks and comments from men. I have been “cat-called” too many times in New York, even when I was in business attire going to an interview or walking home from my internship last year. I like to buy big clothes to hide my body, so I do not get attention.

I am a pretty conservative dresser in general, as you can see.
When I go out at night, I usually wear something a bit more revealing or tight. As my friends would say, “definitely not T&P approved.” I like to keep the mystery alive for men during the day. I always shock my friends if I have black clothes on or anything that I would not deem appropriate to wear to class. Which is great! I love to keep people on their toes.

I have a beautiful body and I have realized I look larger than I am if I wear bigger clothes. Stacy and Clinton from What Not to Wear would be ashamed of some of my oversized clothing choices. I watched the show religiously for years in elementary and middle school. They always stressed the importance of extenuating your waist and wearing clothes that fit properly!

This past semester I really realized my buying trends and I have been selling some of my ill-fitting clothes on Poshmark! I love the platform. The app is super easy to use and a great way to make some extra money. It is also sustainable fashion and helps the environment!
You can sign up on Poshmark with the code: TALLANDPREPPY and get $10 towards a purchase of a gently worn item of clothing or accessory!
My username is @tallandpreppy if you want to buy any J.Crew items that are from a couple of seasons ago and are way too large on me.

I am upset that I have been forced into buying bigger clothes because of society. I am disappointed in myself that I have been negatively looking at my body for all these years. 
I am so glad I finally realized what I was doing.

I challenge you to take a look at how you treat your body and your body image and examine how you can make it positive so you can feel the most beautiful and confident in your own skin.
I challenge bystanders of cat-callers to shut cat-callers down. I challenge men and women to stop objectifying women in person and on social media.
I challenge women to stand up for ourselves against creepy men.
I also challenge all of us to be nicer to each other and to love ourselves and our bodies.

J.Crew white t-shirt | J.Crew Factory chambray culottes (similar) | Tory Burch pink satchel (similar) with bag strap from Venice (similar) | J.Crew multicolored earrings | RayBan tortoise shell Wayfarers | Jack Rogers Sandals in Pink


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