A Spring Day at the Tulip Farm
Well, here we are…my very first style post!
I’m not sure I’ve mentioned it in any of my previous posts, but my bachelor’s degree is in fashion merchandising and retail business, so perhaps this post is a long time coming. So much has happened with me and the relationship to my body since graduating college almost 10 years ago, which is one of the main reasons I decided to start the style portion of this blog. We all deserve to feel confident in our bodies, no matter the size, shape or color. No one is perfect and we all have insecurities. I’m no exception!
Another reason I wanted to dive into the style blogging world is because I don’t often see women online that like me. There are a ton of blogs featuring young, thin and flawless looking girls, but what about the real gals? Curvy gals? What about the folks who have extremely oily skin, acne and scars? The girls with larger than average chest size that can’t find any clothes that fit without making her look 5x the size or like she is busting at the seams? Did you know that the average bra size for women in the U.S. is a 34DD? Where are all of those models or bloggers?
We all have a different story to tell, and I’m here to share mine. I hope you’ll join me!
This outfit is completely inspired by this maxi dress from Cotton On. I’m not sure where I’ve been hiding, but I just recently discovered Cotton On and I’m obsessed. Once I saw this dress I knew I had to give it a try and decided to test it out on our visit to the Wooden Shoe Tulip farm!
Let’s go ahead and get personal because I think this is important to share. I have a larger than average chest (30G-J depending on the brand) and I’m somewhere between 5’7 and 5’8. I’ve spent most of my adult life hiding my chest as much as I could, which is uncomfortable, annoying and downright difficult. If I wear a V neck shirt I can look quite scandalous or even too revealing sometimes. If I wear a crew neck shirt I normally look very conservative and uncomfortable because it pulls so tight across my chest, or it’s so over sized it looks like I’m covering something. Where’s the in between? I struggle to find clothes that I feel GOOD in, that also fit my small waist, large chest, and overall curvy body. Don’t even get me started on bathing suits or any shirt or dress with buttons!
That’s the goal for this blog, to find that in between place for “in betweenies” like me. I heard the term “in betweenies” once before on social media and it hit me. That’s what I am! Not quite plus size (although in my chest I probably am, but not the rest of my body), but can also fit into some of the straight sized items you see at everyday stores.
I could go on and on about the struggles of finding clothes for my body, and I know you are in the same boat too. Let’s be honest, most clothes being made today are not made for real bodies!
Which brings me back to this dress, and why I love it! It not only buttons all the way down in the front, usually a major “no no” for me, but it also has a huge drawstring to cinch in along the waist. THIS makes the dress, in my opinion! I can order whatever size that fits my chest, because that is pretty much what I have to do most of the time (ha!) and then cinch in the waist to fit the rest of my body. Win win!
I’m excited to share with you more style and beauty posts in the future. This is just a little taste of the ideas I have for this section and I hope you’ll follow along. I’ve created a separate Instagram account (@foragedstyle), just for style and beauty, if you are. Follow along!
maxi dress, medium // hat // sunglasses, old but these are similar // shoes // earrings // denim jacket, old but this is similar // straw bag // foundation, white peach // blush & highlighter // lip tint, pink grapefruit // brow gel, medium brown