Jessica Simpson is arguably one of the most beautiful women in the world. So when she got blasted by the media for gaining weight we felt for her! The saddest part about this supposed “weight gain” is that she was a size 6-8 at her “heaviest”. Thatʼs most women’s goal size! What a lot of people, including Jessica, donʼt realize is that though she’s gained a few pounds, itʼs the clothing styles she is choosing that are making her look so much heavier- not her dress size.
”YES – some clothing does make us look larger than life – otherwise we wouldnʼt torture our significant others with the age-old question, “Honey, does this make me look fat?
Weʼve all been there… we put on some trendy outfit thinking we look awesome… only to see a picture of ourselves later that left us saying, “What the heck was I thinking?” Unlike Jessica, we arenʼt slammed in the tabloids for our innocent mistakes.
Most clothing is made for anorectic models and mannequins whose proportions donʼt resemble the average gal in any way shape or form. So what looks good on them (i.e. the green caftan to the left) wonʼt be what looks good on the rest of us. One of our Fashion Code mantras is “Extra Fabric = Extra Girth” ALWAYS!
Jessica did what most of us do when we’ve put on a few pounds – she covered it up with over-sized clothing. Through no fault of her own, she now looks like a small tent with pleating. Of course, doing an about face and wearing clothing which was way too tight for her (see photo on the right) and not sync with her body’s proportions made her look even heavier….
So whats a girl to do when she’s gained a few but doesn’t want the world to know?
Choosing clothing that fits your body’s shape is always the best bet. Clothes that are too tight will make you look like a sausage casing and actually magnify any excess weight. In contrast, and as we stated above, oversized clothing creates extra bulk, and therefore the illusion, of extra pounds. So, if you are a few pounds over your goal weight, shoot for something that is neither too tight or too loose in a great mid weight fabric (not a flimsy t-shirt stretch) – with no added bulk to mess things up. That means, no pleating or big body-squishing belts, and no tent-like trendy oversized shirts. Also, run like the wind when a sales girl tells you high-waisted jeans are back – especially with patch pockets slapped across the front of the thigh and stomach. Placing extra fabric across what most women consider one of their “problem” areas makes all but the ultra-thin look sizes larger.
That’s life, we gain a few, we lose a few – especially after 30. And when our metabolisms go looking for greener pastures its usually time to re-think our wardrobes so we can continue on being the beautiful woman we are- at any weight. Happy be-lated birthday Jessica! You Rock!