One of the biggest revelations for me over the past six months has been a shift in my “style identity”. I’ve always loved clothes (back in the 90s I’d spend all my pocket money in Tammy Girl) but after becoming a mum for the second time four years ago I fell into a bit of a fashion rut.
My feelings about my body played a huge roll in what I chose to wear, along with a sense of what a mum of two in her 30s “should” look like. I tried to get creative with breastfeeding fashion and, later, throw myself into being able to wear dresses again once I was no longer feeding but, ultimately, I always wore a variation on the same three outfits: jeans and jumper, midi dress or skirt, skinny jeans and baggy shirt.
At the beginning of the summer, bored by having a bulging wardrobe but nothing to wear, I decided it was time to gift myself with some new clothes that matched my altered mindset. I’d spent two years really working on my feelings about my body and, interestingly, this shift in attitude saw a shift in the clothes I was attracted to – and the best bit? I’d not had to change the shape of my body in order to feel able to wear these new clothes. [Read More…]