Recipes For What To Wear: Yikes! I Can’t Zip My Jeans!

EMBRACE YOUR UNIFORM – RECIPES FOR WHAT TO WEAR

Second in a Series

Second in a SeriesMost of us enjoy flipping through our favorite fashion magazine or seeing celebrities show off on the red carpet, but when it comes time to dress for our own big entrances, it feels like a chore. As things pop up in your life, wouldn’t it be nice to reach for your ‘uniform’? Whether it is a night out with old friends, a trip to the park to meet a new playgroup or a dreaded formal dinner with people you hardly know, having the right uniform for the occasion removes the stress of getting dressed. Follow these recipes and you will look your best every time.Yikes! I Can’t Zip My Jeans! ~ Shapewear + Higher Rise + Wow! NecklineI love eating through the holidays, but following this year’s over indulgence of sugar cookies, Champagne toasts and heavenly Honey Baked Ham, I may be asked to appear in the next Body by Santa video. Nothing is more frustrating than staring at a closet full of clothes that just don’t quite fit comfortably. Wandering around in yoga pants and a sweatshirt was nice during the last couple cozy days of the school break, but then it was time to get dressed. Luckily, I have a few tried and true items I know I can count on. So, whether you have gained a few pounds from slacking off at the gym, enjoying too much party food or just experiencing crazy hormones, here’s a recipe for what to wear when you are feeling fat. (There! I said it!)ShapewearThe dreaded shapewear is a huge topic in itself. The endless variety of styles, fabrics and prices is truly overwhelming. To keep from buying the wrong thing (or blowing it off all together), do some research prior to purchasing. Once you know what you want, be sure to check the return policy. You have to try this stuff on and really move around before making a final decision. MBRACE YOUR UNIFORM – RECIPES FOR WHAT TO WEAR*Second in a Series*

Most of us enjoy flipping through our favorite fashion magazine or seeing celebrities show off on the red carpet, but when it comes time to dress for our own big entrances, it feels like a chore. As things pop up in your life, wouldn’t it be nice to reach for your ‘uniform’? Whether it is a night out with old friends, a trip to the park to meet a new playgroup or a dreaded formal dinner with people you hardly know, having the right uniform for the occasion removes the stress of getting dressed. Follow these recipes and you will look your best every time.

Yikes! I Can’t Zip My Jeans! ~ Shapewear + Higher Rise + Wow! Neckline

I love eating through the holidays, but following this year’s over indulgence of sugar cookies, Champagne toasts and heavenly Honey Baked Ham, I may be asked to appear in the next Body by Santa video. Nothing is more frustrating than staring at a closet full of clothes that just don’t quite fit comfortably. Wandering around in yoga pants and a sweatshirt was nice during the last couple cozy days of the school break, but then it was time to get dressed. Luckily, I have a few tried and true items I know I can count on. So, whether you have gained a few pounds from slacking off at the gym, enjoying too much party food or just experiencing crazy hormones, here’s a recipe for what to wear when you are feeling fat. (There! I said it!)

Shapewear

The dreaded shapewear is a huge topic in itself. The endless variety of styles, fabrics and prices is truly overwhelming. To keep from buying the wrong thing (or blowing it off all together), do some research prior to purchasing. Once you know what you want, be sure to check the return policy. You have to try this stuff on and really move around before making a final decision.

What to look for*:* The key to shapewear is the location of the stretchy seams that keep it all in place. To avoid the sausage casing effect, consider where you need the best support and where you can handle the seam ‘pinch’ both physically and aesthetically. For top half support, be wary of styles that forgo an underwire/molded cup bra. The perkier your breasts look, the leaner you look. Flexees and Annette both offer styles that are made to be worn over your favorite bra. For bottom half support, I am a huge fan of the Spanx High-Waist Tight End Tights. They keep you smooth from bra strap to toes in a surprisingly comfortable fabric.

Where to buy it: For online shopping you can’t beat BareNeccessities for its easy navigation, vast selection and liberal return policy. They unfortunately lack customer reviews, but you can always Google a specific item by brand and style to find a review. HerRoom has reviews, but the site falls short in its ease of use and the return policy is not as flexible. If you are shopping in store, I recommend Dillard’s and Nordstrom for knowledgeable staff. For a more do-it-yourself approach, try Target. They provide a good selection and a place to try things on.

Higher Rise

Low waist jeans and pants can do great things for your bum, but are uncomfortable and unflattering around your belly if they are too tight. A higher rise can ease some of your pain. Now I am not suggesting keeping a pair of ‘mom jeans’ around for those bad PMS days. There are plenty of alternatives in current cuts and washes. Keep in mind, if you are wearing a top or sweater that comes down to your hip bone, no one will see the rise anyway.

Classic Jeans: It is amazing how an inch or two of length through the stride can make such a difference in how a pair of jeans feels. A trendy low-rise jean measures about 8 inches in the front rise. Going up to a front rise of just 9 or 9.5 inches can make a girl feel much more at ease. The brands are really inconsistent in their definitions of ‘high’ and ‘low’. If you are not sure what to try, ask sales staff for specifics about rise lengths.

Trouser Jeans: Trouser jeans are generally cut longer through the stride and are readily available in the more flattering dark washes. They are also more forgiving through the legs and rear than classic jeans, making them a great solution when carrying a few extra pounds.

Wow! Neckline!

If you are frustrated with the state of your abs or bum, draw the eye up. I realize this is common sense, but its effectiveness makes it worth mentioning. A detailed neckline with an interesting cut or sparkly embellishment will steal the limelight. Grab a funky necklace or a bright scarf for the same effect. But make sure you have lipstick on because everyone is going to be looking at that pretty face!

Feeling the effects of weight gain can make getting dressed discouraging. Don’t let it ruin your day. It’s only temporary. Follow this recipe and you will feel like your usual, slightly smaller, self again.

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