Transitioning to a spring wardrobe

Published 7:00 am Wednesday, March 16, 2016

It certainly seems the cold and dreary days of winter are behind us now. Signs of spring are all around, including allergy related illnesses.
Truthfully, I will miss the cold weather and the darker evenings. I also love cozy sweaters and my motorcycle boots.
While perusing my clothes closet, I realized I have more winter clothes than I do spring and summer attire. I also realized that I have a large number of adorable summer-appropriate shoes.
One reason for this is that I don’t like shopping for clothes.
Most clothing items, in my opinion, appear to be made with a certain body shape in mind.
Honestly, not everyone can pull off the leggings and oversized shirt trend. I don’t feel that it suits every body type. Then there’s the dreaded boxy tops, the ones that as soon as you put them on, your natural figure is lost.
I’m of medium height and finding a pair of cute capri-style jeans is almost impossible at times. They are almost always too long.
Another big frustration for me, are sleeveless shirts and dresses. I’m not a fan and almost every time I see a dress or blouse in a print I like, it turns out to be sleeveless.
I was scrolling through a clothing website one day and clicked on the dresses tab. Every single dress was sleeveless.
I wish there were more options for clothing. The human body is not one size fits all so not every style will flatter each one of us.
Maybe one day, the executives of clothing companies will figure out that consumers need more options.
But, there has been progress in the fashion industry. Many of the boutiques in Pearl River County offer cute, designer clothing for plus size women, something that wasn’t commonplace years ago.
I think, as long as we are leading a healthy lifestyle, we should embrace our unique shapes. Many body shapes are defined by genetics so there’s not a lot that can be done about it.
With that in mind, we should always be on the lookout for the clothes that will best our unique shapes, which is not easy.
I’ve always wanted to be a contestant on the TLC show “What Not to Wear,” or have my own personal stylist.
Either way, now I must, like many, go shopping for spring and summer clothing.

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