Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Tricky Thing About Sizing

Top - H&M | Skirt - H&M | Hat - H&M | Sneakers - Converse | Bag - Target

I know, I know: I'm basically a walking H&M advert.  It's a store that I've always loved; the first time I recall going to one I was eleven years old, and it was my first time in New York City.  Eleven is an awkward age.  You're still dressing like a kid, but it's when you start noticing clothes more.  You start noticing colors, style lines, and shapes when you were previously only looking to see if there were any Kim Possible logos embellished on it.  I remember going into that H&M in New York City, and my world had been turned.  I had never seen any clothes like these before.  Everything was fun and exciting, and I walked out of the store with a bright green bomber jacket.  My love affair with H&M began that day and hasn't stopped.  Alas, like most loves, it's had its ups and downs - namely when it comes to its sizing.

Take this day, for example.  I was in California and absolutely feeling this look when I left the house.  My goal for the day was to shop till I dropped, but after being out for a number of hours with no such luck, I found H&M.  Surely, I thought, I'll find some things here.  Immediately I found some cool trousers that had metal grommets up the front of the leg and a few pairs of interesting jeans.  Like I mentioned before, I am no stranger to H&M.  I know that their sizing tends to run small.  With this in mind, I grabbed a size up in every pair of trousers I took to the fitting room (I believe I also grabbed multiple sizes in some of the jeans).  Long story short: nothing fit.  I know that size really shouldn't matter, but having nothing fit what-so-ever was a bit of a blow to my confidence that day.  Trying to make myself feel a bit better after that dressing room encounter, I went to Sephora and bought some rather expensive foundation (probably not the best of spending habits).

Confidence has always been something I struggled with in the past.  In fact, I contemplated not posting this look, as I kept over analyzing it wondering if the skirt was too tight or it the top was too much off the shoulder.  In the end though, life is too short for over thinking.  I'm not a size 2 and probably never will be, but I still really like this outfit.  Sure, it's a bit cliché to say this, but size really is just a number.  And soon I'll find myself some cool trousers that fit and I feel confident in.  They just might not be from H&M (this time).

Elizabeth xx



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