Body confidence in fashion


I am 4ft 11". I have size 2 feet so pretty much NONE of my shoes fit. I get mistaken for an 18 year old (if not younger) and jeans shopping is an absolute bloody nightmare. I don't own a single pair that I don't have to roll up... I really struggle to try new things and fashion styles because I'm convinced I'll just look even shorter and dumpy than I am so I tend to just stick to jeans and a t-shirt. The safest of all choices. I can blend in, rather than stand out.

Recently it has really been winding me up and my body confidence is at an all time low. I recently had a fitting room breakdown while trying to find a new dress for a wedding when one I ordered didn't get close to doing up. The size I always used to be.

The dress itself.
My constantly changing body as I get ever closer to 30 (next year, guys), is something I have really been struggling with. I know I'm not big by any stretch of the imagination but I have been used to being a certain size for my whole life so when I look back on older pictures (some even from just 2 years ago), I feel a little sad inside.

However, I am refusing to mope and am trying to embrace it instead. I have joined a gym and have been going to classes regularly, I have also decided to be braver in my fashion choices. There's only so many times I can wear jeans and the same Harry Potter t-shirts on rotation.


Even last year, the idea of wearing something full length would be a nightmare. I convinced myself that it would just make me look shorter so tend to stick to a more midi length. Bold prints and anything more than a subtle floral were a no go because a pair of jeans I once had with blue flowers made me look like a potato.

I've decided 'Fuck it'. You only live once and I'm always envious of people who can get away with it so I might as well give it a go.

At the weekend I went to Scotland to visit my family. We were going to be going 'out out' and I had brought nothing with me that was appropriate and the jeans I wore up were covered in dog hair from cuddles with Stanley within about 5 minutes. I had to go shopping and ideally on a budget.

After having no joy in T.K. Maxx (other than a pair of shoes IN A SIZE TWO), we headed to the local super markets. It was in Asda that I found this amazing Maxi Dress. Hating fitting rooms and the mirrors in them, I quickly shoved it on over my jeans and t-shirt just to see how ridiculously long it was. Only two long by an inch so a bit of wonderweb will sort that out, in the meantime I'll just wear MASSIVE shoes.



I actually felt ridiculously happy in this dress. I wore it to afternoon tea at the Cupcake Cafe Bar in Torphicen (JUST LOOK AT THOSE CAKES) and had plenty of room to eat ALL the food and still feel awesome at the same time. I feel silly for avoiding proper maxi dresses. It certainly didn't make me look shorter, I felt amazing and looked amazing. *sassy hand lady emoji*

Next. A Jumpsuit. I have tried a jumpsuit before and just looked and felt like a sausage that was about to burst, even though I was tiny at the time (yeah, I know). I was lumpy in all the wrong places and returned it the next day.



THIS one from the delightful Tesco, caught my eye immediately. Who doesn't love a cold shoulder with tropical/floral/madness print? wrong people, that's who.

I picked it and doubted myself for a long time so I did what I never do and ran to the fitting room and obviously sent a picture to the Bangarang girls. They are my to for all advice and we share 'what do we think of this outfit' pictures a lot knowing that everyone will be honest. This one had mixed opinions because of my tinyness and the length. Until I paired it with my new shoes and leather jacket.

What I never realised is that jumpsuits can be really flattering. They're smart and casual at the same time, it hid all the parts I didn't like, I found myself wanted to stand out. I felt like a superwoman. Silly to some but very different for me.


I danced so much that night, I was more confident and happier than I have been in a long time. The power of a jumpsuit.

I'm really glad I tried something new that used to worry me so much and will definitely be looking for more as I go on my merry way.

What do you think of Jumpsuits?

25 comments

  1. I love the outfits you are wearing. I like that floral one best

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  2. You look incredible in all those outfits! And I'd have never guessed that dress was from Asda!

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  3. You look smashing AJ! especially loving the jumpsuit!

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  4. I love the outfits on you!!! In fact I may need to get them too ;)

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  5. I think the key is that you felt confident. I can also appreciate the shoe size problem, my mum has size twos as well and really struggles.

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  6. You look amazing in all the outfits, that jumpsuit in particular is perfect!

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  7. So glad you are being more brave with your outfit choices; I think you look absolutely fantastic in all the pictures

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  8. Oh you look stunning! Glad you are being braver with your choices. There are lots of lovely petite ranges x

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  9. You look absolutely INCREDIBLE in that jumpsuit! It suits you so well from the cut to the design and pattern xxx

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  10. Love the article and I think you look fab in all the outfits! :) Xx

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  11. Loving both the jumpsuit and the maxi dress! There both styles I've struggled with too, I really need to get out of my comfort zone!

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  12. I know so many people who got the jumpsuit from Tesco - it's a beaut! You look stunning in all of these and I love love love your hair x

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  13. I love the dresses here! They are so pretty and definately something I would wear :)

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  14. I love hte pink floral but that jump suit is super cute!!

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  15. Love this post. You look totally amazing and love the outfits!

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  16. I love a good jumpsuit and honestly confidence is everything!

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  17. Can I just say you look awesome!!! I love all your outfit choices, they look great on you and compliment you so well! I know the struggles of the ups and downs of being body confident but honestly I think you look fantastic!!

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  18. Lovely outfits! We all need to be confident with our skin and with who we are.

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  19. I really love that jumpsuit, it's a gorgeous print and the style really suits you.

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  20. Since turning 30 I have been so much more body confident. It actually got better since having a baby too, as I appreciate my body for what it can do.

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  21. You look fab in all of these photos. Go you for having the confidence to write about your body - it's a great post!

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  22. The pink floral is beyond stunning on you! I love the jumpsuit too and the shoes you wore it with. You are right on your new attitude. You love only once and you got to make the best of it.

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  23. You look so stunning on those outfits.I love jumpsuits a lot.Yours looks so perfect on you.Beautiful!

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  24. I think you look gorgeous in dresses and rompers. You should invest in more overall pieces like these, as with the right heels they can elongate the silhouette :)

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  25. We have a way of looking down at ourselves instead of embracing our healthy and different looking bodies. Imagine if we all had the same shape and form? I don't think you looked weird at all and I absolutely love this jumpsuit on you it really suits you - cecilia x

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