Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Just try it

As a member of BlogHer’s publishing network I am occasionally asked to write posts for their Life Well Lived section. I wrote about balancing the stresses of the holiday season back in November, and in March I wrote about the fashion trends I was looking forward to this spring. Both were relatively easy and fun to write. I got to include an Amy Grant song in the November post, and put a picture of some awfully pretty shoes on the March one. But this time, the question is not as simple:

What are your favorite ways to dress well for your size and shape? How do you make your wardrobe work through transitions?

Oh my word, I have no idea. Truly no idea how to answer this. I’m a terrible shopper and hate even thinking about going to the mall. Somewhere along the line I missed out on the shopping gene. Sean is a much better, and more patient, shopper than I am. He will actually go to multiple stores when we’re looking for something. If it’s not at Target I’m pretty sure I don’t need it.

But as I was bemoaning the fact that I had no answer to the question, I remembered a recent interview I read with Tim Gunn of Project Runway fame. Y’all, I love Tim Gunn. Love. So when he speaks, I listen. And my dear Tim said, “Our mantra is "Try it on" and make no assumptions how it's going to look on you.

That’s probably the best advice I could give or get. How it looks on the hanger is not necessarily how it’s going to look on you. Just give it a shot – you never know unless you try it on.

Now, of course, Sean and my personal shopper Amy, will make me try things on. Ugh.

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