Basic Black

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As you know if you’ve been keeping up with my blog/Instagram, I’m working on paring down my wardrobe and only wearing things I really like and feel comfortable in.  One piece of advice I keep reading on capsule wardrobe blogs is that you should only wear clothes that make you feel good and flatter your body.  If you look in your closet and think “well I can wear this dress when I don’t feel so bloated,” then it should go.

However, I have a little bit of a problem with that.  I think how you feel about your body starts in your head, not with your clothes.  I have clothes that I love that maybe aren’t the most flattering thing I could wear.  I wore this outfit on Monday and I loved it.  The top is actually a bodysuit with snaps at the bottom like a baby onesie, and it was my mom’s when she was my age.  I paired it with black jeans and it was very simple, but it felt like me.  I felt good in it because it really aligned with the style I want to convey.  But it wasn’t the most flattering thing I’ve ever worn.  Black is slimming, yes, but the jeans are too long and kept bunching up near my knees.  And high-waisted pants always seem to create a little bit of a tummy pouch even if you don’t have one.

My point in addressing all these flaws is that it’s fine. It’s totally fine to have a little bit of pudge, and to not be perfectly flat, and to gain weight or lose weight or for your body to change.  Your body doesn’t have to be perfect for it to be a good body that serves you well, and you certainly don’t have to wear what clothes magazines or the media tell you “flatter your body shape.”  Love your body and wear what you want.

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Xoxo,

– Hannah

I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers

Happy October!  Everyone bust out your pumpkin spice lattes, Anne of Green Gables quotes, and red lipstick!

Really though, October is a great month, and I’m enjoying the cool, crisp weather (and I’m enjoying saying the word “crisp” to describe everything) and dressing in so many snuggly layers.  I like to dress in all black so when I go home to visit my family everyone is tricked into thinking I lost weight in Paris and I’m now très chic, when really I’ve been eating an entire bag of caramel apple lollipops for breakfast every morning this month.

 Shirt: UNIQLO // Pants: Gap // Cape: Forever 21 // Shoes: Forever 21 // Lipstick: Nars

xoxo

– Hannah