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Date: 1/13/10 7:04 AM

The Boston Globe ran an article last weekend on a local woman who has a blog about being content with a heavy weight. Of course, there are health implications, but that is different than not being OK with whatever weight you are currently at.

On the site they have pictures that people post of different outfits that they were. Warning - this takes forever to load.
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Some are, frankly, awful.
Some, however, are very good.
casual outfit (I like this woman's fashion sense; I wish I knew how to do layers as well as she does.
her blog)
There are a lot of pictures here and I thought it might give people some ideas.

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Date: 1/13/10 7:33 AM

If those photos prove anything, it's that short and tight do not work, horizontal stripes do not work, and nearly everyone who posted a pic needs a lesson in vertical lines. They also increased my sympathy for anyone struggling with overweight (myself included). These women were trying but somehow they just fell way short of the mark. Most of those outfits wouldn't work on someone five foot ten and 120lb. Bargainista was doing the best but others would qualify as hooker wear or costumes where I live. Great motivation to stick to my diet, though.
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-- Edited on 1/13/10 8:29 AM --

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Date: 1/13/10 10:57 AM

Actually, I think most of the ladies here looked fine, except possibly for the NYE outfits (but then they always tend to run to skanky, regardless of size, don't you think?). The only things I think were total disasters were the leggings (didn't like 'em in the 80's, don't like 'em now) and the one girl, Tootsicle, who seems to like costumy clothes, but I suspect she is a free spirit who would dress like that regardless of her size, and more power to her for feeling brave enough to express her inner fun-child.

At any rate, kudos to all the women there for feeling good enough about themselves to try new looks, rather than just hiding out in old sweats and baggy jeans. Did you notice that our beloved Angelahg has a photo towards the bottom, as does the great blogger at Frocks and FrouFrou.

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Date: 1/13/10 11:09 AM

Where have all the Rules of Proportion gone?

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Date: 1/13/10 11:16 AM

I agree with Riesie. I think that many of the women and their outfits look great. There is some marvelous layering going on. I think that it is wonderful to see some women embracing the bodies that they have right now!

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Date: 1/13/10 1:10 PM

There's definitely a mix of good and bad, sometimes on the same people (you can't be perfect every day).

I have the same sweater as this woman:

It's actually really bright coral, a fabulous find from Anthropologie. I like the way she layered it, it's actually helping me think about other stuff to wear it with (all I've worn it with til now has been a white shirt and black pants).
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Date: 1/13/10 1:24 PM

I wanted to look at all the photos before posting, but then I realized I had only looked at 400 out of 4000+!

I think those women look great. It's true that not all of them Look As Thin As Possible with their clothing choices, but I've really been questioning the purpose and value of that ideal, anyway.

Why do I have to try to make myself look thin? I know it's a cultural norm, rooted in biology*, to have a slender hourglass figure, but does that mean I always have to be a slave to convention? Don't I want to enjoy the gender liberation our mothers earned for us? If I want real power in society that isn't based on feminine sexuality, shouldn't I be dressing to look bigger? OK, that one is a bit Devil's Advocate,but these are the questions I ask myself.

I think if you have a presentation or a performance review at work, or you are actively trying to Get A Man, (eww, but I understand), then going along with social and biological cues might be a good idea. If you are going out with your girlfriends, or just doing your normal thing, wear horizontal stripes WITH leggings, if you want to. Wear what makes you happy.

What stood out to me the most is that confidence and good grooming make everybody look beautiful.


*Some anthropologists did a study where they had several silhouettes of women's figures (graduated by waist/hip ratio) printed on a card, then went around the world showing it to men and asking which woman was their ideal. All the men favored the same woman, or close to it. Even in the Amazon rainforest where the men had little or no contact with the outside world, they chose the same girl. The reason? "She can have many children." I can't remember the source for this - sorry.

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Date: 1/13/10 1:45 PM

Quote: mmmckay
... I realized I had only looked at 400 out of 4000+!
...not all of them Look As Thin As Possible with their clothing choices...

Yes, those are a LOT of pictures.

I think that is the point of this. It's OK that you don't look as thin as possible. (I know, coming from thin me you are probably rolling your eyes. And I get annoyed with my body just as other people do with theirs. But I think a lot of these women look nice.) Sure, I encourage everyone to eat whole foods and exercise, and hopefully that will result in weight loss for better health. But I am a firm believer that 'diets' don't work long term.

Some of those 'short & tight' outfits are not working for the person wearing them. And I don't care for the costumey ones; it looks too childish IMO.

As the Globe article says, if you weigh 300 pounds you are going to look fat (the blogger's word). But that doesn't mean you can't look put together and fashionable; you just won't look thin. (Some of the posters are much lighter than 300 pounds; that is the weight stated for the main blogger.)

Some examples, just from the 1st 124 pictures (it seems to have paused on me; I can't seem to get past that number):
sweater outfit
layers w/ jeans
another layered look w/ jeans
blouse & pants
jacket w/ dress
night out


P.S. I think the study found the ratio of .7 waist to hip was the ideal attraction for men, although I am not positive I remember correctly.

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-- Edited on 1/13/10 5:47 PM --

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Date: 1/13/10 3:00 PM

I have that one in blue and usually do a tone-on-tone look. Bolero on top, with blue turtleneck under, then either navy pants or skirt on the bottom.

Honestly, it looks a bit halloween-ish on her.

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Date: 1/13/10 3:43 PM

What I got from this is that scarves work. In almost every case where there was some color/interest near the face, I reacted the most positively to the overall look.

Now... what can I wear in 100+F/38+C temperatures that will have this same effect?

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