Has your body changed over the years, but you find yourself wearing clothing from an earlier you that’s either too big or too snug?
After having two babies in three years, my body has changed a lot.
I can honestly say that I love myself in this moment, because this incredible body grew, birthed, and sustained these two little humans, and I’m so grateful for those experiences.
But this season has left my body softer than before, and my old clothing doesn’t feel quite right to wear. Pre-baby clothing is too tight. Maternity clothes too big. And frankly, it just makes me feel crumby to wear pants specifically that are mammoth on me now or squeeze my hips and conjure up old insecurities I’ve worked hard to move past.
So I decided to go out and buy a few pairs of pants and a couple tops that make me feel kick ass. And friends, I feel even more confident because of it!
I know this might sound silly or frivolous, but I challenge you to pick up something that makes you feel rad and then see if your mind’s been changed. “Look good, feel good,” is a real thing. At least for me.
I’m not saying you need a full wardrobe makeover. But I am saying that there’s something about wearing clothes that fit and you feel good in that puts a little swagger in your step.
And I don’t care what anyone else thinks about how you look in these new duds (after all, somebody else’s opinion of you is none of your business, so says Rachel Hollis!). What I do care about is how YOU feel in them.
No need to spend a bundle. I went to Old Navy and found one pair of jeggings (yes, you heard that right, I feel fabulous in them and I welcome your jegging judgment ) that I bought in three different washes for a little variety. And two tops. And hell yes I feel sexy in these clothes and there’s a little jaunt in my step when I wear them.
So even though my body is still changing and these clothes may or may not fit in a year or two or three, there’s no reason I can’t be purposeful in this part of my life and choose to wear something that makes me feel fabulous instead of frumpy.
So friends. I challenge you to remove from your wardrobe the clothes that don’t make you feel bright. Stop putting off simple pleasures for when you hit some future goal and lean into who you are today. Don’t stop reaching and growing and bettering yourself – but don’t forget to celebrate this moment too. Because from where I’m standing, you’re pretty damn incredible here and now.