here are three looks that i put together recently that i felt great in (even while photographing myself from a cellphone, pinched into a binder clip, taped to the rail of the fire escape, out back of my office).
sweater top, $10, old navy
jeans, $18, old navy
sandals, $22, american eagle
messy side pony technique gal meets glam (look #5)
cardigan: $20, target
bracelet: $11, local (similar)
necklace, tog + porter (similar)
jeans, $13 (old navy)
navy wedges: $3, goodwill (similar)
earrings, $32 noonday collection (a great cause that helps women!)
nail color, $6 essie in mint candy apple (obsessed!!)
for a long time i refused to dress myself "up" because i wasnt happy with my body. i said, "well, once i lose like 15 lbs, i will actually FEEL like dressing up more and buying clothes." this is a lie. i never felt like making the best of where i was, so i dressed blah. this made me feel blah, which did not engender a spirit of, " this body is awesome and WORKS and i will make the most of it," so i tended to treat it kind of blah with poor food and exercise choices (re: LOTS and none).
ironically, i started this recent little fashion blitzkreig at the same time that the 50 mile running challenge started, and i was SHOCKED to see that effort in one led to effort in the other (i had thought that running so much would make me never shower and only wear workout clothes). i was no longer ashamed of dressing my thighs in form-fitting pants because--even though they hadnt really changed sizes or anything--i was proud of them and the quads they contain for carrying me 6 miles in a day. and then after a day of feeling good in what i was wearing and in my own skin, i tended to feel really positive about going out and taking care of my body by running more.
what a world, huh?
anyway, that's my little soapbox for today. IF i lose some poundage, i will enjoy getting new clothes in smaller sizes, but until then, i am going to invest effort in taking care of and making the most of the body i have now and the clothes that fit this fabulous, soft, healthy, strong, and spazzy bag of bones that i own.