Your changing body shape – from frustration to transformation
If you recently lost or gained weight, had a baby, or noticed your clothes don’t fit your body the way you used to, then it may be time to address your changing shape. You may have noticed that your weight is distributed differently on your body than it used to be. In other words, it is not just a new size that you have to adjust to but it’s also that your weight sits differently on your frame.
If you are frustrated because your body weight changed and/or it’s distributed differently than you are used to, here are three ways to adjust to a changing body shape.
Three ways to adjust to a changing body shape:
- If you haven’t taken the time, now is the time to look at your body like a stylist and assess your frame. It’s not meant to be an exercise in punishment or hating on your body. Take the time to assess the part of you that doesn’t change. Once you understand how your body is structured, focus on flattering the areas you want to enhance and minimizing the other areas. This has nothing to do with weight. You can use this to your advantage once you understand the frame (i.e. architecture) of your body.
- Assess where clothes fit you differently than they used to. Proper fit means clothes skim the body without excessive bagginess. If you have more weight in your mid-section it may be that your pants sit higher on your torso than they used to. This means that shirts will appear longer if left untucked. It could also mean that skirts that used to be an appropriate length now are much higher up on your leg. If you have less weight in certain areas your clothes may appear to hang off of you. Do you need to go down a size in clothes or do you need to vary the length of the clothes so they fit you properly? Have the honest conversation with yourself, paying attention to where the clothes now sit on your body.
- The fun part… If you have not taken the time, now is the time to honor your preferences– what you like to wear, what colors you love, what patterns bring you joy, etc. now is the time! I recently went through this with a new client. Her body had changed quite a bit. She had the double negative of frustration with her body and nothing in her closet really reflected her. She was completely disconnected from her body and her style which resulted in her blaming her weight and new body. This is why it is SO important to actually determine the styles, colors, patterns, silhouettes, etc. that you love. Because here is the key – when you honor your style, who you are and love your clothes, your soul will sing! No more hating on your body and send it nothing but love.
I get that this can be difficult and perhaps challenging. However, it is also meant to be a freeing exercise. You will find that once you honor what you truly love for yourself and create a closet that reflects that, dressing your changing body will become less of a painful exercise. Are you ready for the transformation?