outfit: dressing for your shape

September 3, 2014


When it comes to dressing for our bodies, I’ve found through reading blogs and hearing your questions that too often we’re so focused on concealing what we don’t like that we forget to flaunt what we have! I’m guilty of it, too. I’d conceal my hips, avoid too tight blouses, or skirts and dresses that showed too much leg. I’d wear blousier tops instead of highlighting my natural waistline or my collar bone, which I love.

Since mid-Spring I’ve been back to working out and eating better, and feeling so much better as a result. I’m far from buff but I see muscle in my legs and arms I’m not sure I’ve ever seen! Being 34, I’m finally wearing shorts without cringing — partially due to feeling better — and also from realizing we’re all human and I can’t sweat to death in jeans to avoid someone seeing a little extra cellulite.

What I’m most proud about is that finally wearing more fitted tops again to show off my mid-section. Eating better has reduced some major bloating issues and hitting the gym has been a huge help, too. I used to wear belts daily and last year I nearly threw them all in the donation bin. I absolutely fell in love with the fit and flair style of this dress, which hugs my more petite upper half and gently skims the rest of me, creating a great shape. The ultra flattering, slightly thicker material is form fitting yet not tight and I can top it with a blazer and pair with heels for a more work appropriate look.


dress: ℅ target (check in store for this print; two more prints here <- love the black and white!)// booties: sole society (similar here) // earrings: kendra scott (smaller version here) // purse: ℅ cuore & pelle

Style tip: if it’s still warm where you live, add booties to give your outfits a Fall spin without  the heat of layering or wearing sleeves. This tank dress is ideal for warm temperatures… just focus on the rich, darker shades and start giving some of your floral, airy brights a break.


Smiles for embracing my shape! Do you focus in the fitting room on highlighting your assets, or concealing other parts? If you do the later, maybe we as TAGG can join together to promise to focus on honing in on at least one or 2 of your favorite parts, and then finding at least one piece of clothing that totally kicks it to rockstar status? Would love if you report back here!



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  • http://www.pennypincherfashion.com/ Kimberly

    You look amazing - lots of love for this dress!


  • hannah @ The Braided Bandit

    I love booties with a summery dress to transition into fall, you look beautiful! :)

    xo Hannah


  • Nicole Layne

    That dress looks amazing on you! Your hard work has definitely paid off! I love the idea of focusing on what you like vs. what you want to hide. That is a much better way to think about it.

    Nicole to the Nines

  • http://www.mixmatchfashion.com/ Tara

    This dress is absolute perfection on you!

  • Katie L

    This dress looks like it was made just for you! Also, your arms and legs have such great definition! Thanks for the reminder to focus on our positive attributes!

  • http://www.lapetitepear.com/ Samantha Tananbaum

    Gorgeous! Kudos for working hard at being healthier and learning to love and embrace your shape. I know firsthand that it’s not always easy, but totally worth it.


  • Happinessatmidlife

    Great job on being healthier and the great payoff of seeing results! This dress is great on you. I had to have it after seeing it on IG…the colors, the cut and the price - you can’t beat it!


  • Kim Hetrick Marcolivio

    Love love love this dress! And the booties, and the earrings! Great outfit!

  • The Adored Life

    I haven’t found that dress at my Target and I want to soooo badly!

  • http://iamchiconthecheap.com/ Lyddiegal

    Yes, I tend to wish my body shape were different, and hide it rather than flaunt it. It’s hard to look at models with long legs and boyish frames and translate those looks over my curves. I envy women who can go braless, while I try my best to conceal my chest. You would think that my willingness to take daily outfit photos would mean that I was comfortable with how I look, but I am incredibly self conscientious.

    I love that you are becoming more confident in your body and dressing to show it off in the best possible way. This fit and flare dress is adorable, and a steal at Target!

    Chic on the Cheap

  • Yovanna JG D S

    I loved your dress and your shoes, beautiful look!

  • debbie

    No I don’t like the dress

  • http://jannatul12.blogspot.com/ Jannatul Rahamoni

    so pretty

  • Elaine

    sorry but don’t think I would, as a woman getting older I like something with a bit of cover up over the arm

  • Linzzi

    Love this dress so much I had to run out and check my local Target. What I love about it is its such a great transition piece. You can where it with sandals in the summer, transition it into early fall with booties and go right into winter with knee high boots and maybe a fancy leather jacket. Can’t wait to see what you come up with if you decided to transition it. LOVE!!

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