african print

Stepping Out Of My Comfort Zone In This Bodycon Dress

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One garment that hasn't existed in my closet for years is a fitted dress.  The main reason has everything to do with the fact that I didn't like my body after my son was born (10 years ago).  While I lucked out in not getting stretch marks, I now had a mom gut.  At first I could suck in and be okay but after a while that no longer worked.  That being the case I stopped wearing anything that would highlight my pouch.

For years I've envied (in a healthy way) other women who wore fitted clothes without a care in the world.  Only wishing that I was brave enough to pull off wearing something that clung so close to my body.  Not to mention my husband has been pressing me to wear more dresses since before we've been married.  He says women look sexy in dresses, especially fitted dresses.  And although he tells me all the time that I have a great body, my confidence level for wearing tight clothing (except for jeans) just wasn't there.  Wearing anything that highlights my stomach is really out of my comfort zone from a style perspective.  But slowing I'm learning to embrace my body ("flaws" and all) and to stop being so critical of myself.

So you guys, I threw caution to the wind, faced my fear (I had to psyched myself out in the process) and intentionally bought this green bodycon dress.  Honestly, I was skeptical.  Was I going to look a hot mess?  Was I going to have to not eat in order to keep my stomach from poking out?  It wasn't until I got home, tried it on, walked out the bathroom and asked my husband what he thought.... lets just say the dress didn't stay on long (wink, wink).

Since I was going for the fitted look, I still kept in mind the importance of getting something that would compliment my shape.  That's why I sized up.  I didn't want the dress so tight that it looked like I painted my skin nor did I want all my rolls and dents making an appearance.  

For an even more bold move (for me), I opted not to wear a shaper.  If I was going to welcome this new found love for my body I didn't want to squeeze her into something so constricting.  However, if you need to wear one be sure to focus on a foundational garments without seams.  Pantylines are the worst!  

As always I hope this look inspires you to face your fears and step outside your own style comfort zone.  Btw, be on the lookout for how I styled the black version of this bodycon dress.  

Drop a line below and let me know how you plan to step out.

Photographer: Kaylin James

This Ankara Color Block Skirt Hides My Mom-Gut Perfectly

Ankara Street Style, Melodie Stewart

*This skirt was sponsored by SGTC by Détóké

I'm going to let you in on a little secret.... Styling this skirt almost took me out.  I can not tell you why I stressed so much trying to come up with how to wear this skirt.  And this is the second look, I didn't like the first look at all.  Maybe one day I'll share.

One thing I love about this skirt is the print and the colors.  It's such a fun skirt and I'm sure the next time I wear it I won't be so stressed about styling it.  But the best part about this skirt is that it hides my mommy tummy so well.  It means so much to not have to worry about sucking my gut in when I don't have to... #winning!

When you get a chance, you really need to check out all the different style options SGTC Clothing offers.  

Photography: Kaylin James

Ankara Street Style, Melodie Stewart
Ankara Street Style, Melodie Stewart
Ankara Street Style, Melodie Stewart
Ankara Street Style, Melodie Stewart

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A lot of times in conversation about thrifting, non-thrifters always say  - "I can never find anything".  I never go looking for anything specific.  For me it's the thrill of the hunt - The not knowing what I'm going to find - The anticipation of wondering if the next item I see will be that one piece that will make me as happy has a kid at a candy shop. When I came across this skirt, it was a no brainer.  The next step was to decide how I was going to style it.  I think I did well...

Outfit Details
Pussy bow blouse - Thrifted - $1.00
Blue sweater - Forever21 - $?
African print skirt - Park Ave Thrift Duluth - $2.00
Belt - Park Ave Thrift Outlet Woodstock - $1.75
Shoes - Makemechic 

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