Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Behavioral Conditioning

Is it just me, or do you see your clothes differently when they are on hangers? Take this top, for example. When it's hung up in the closet, I rarely have any urge to wear it. I see it, and I go, "meh". But when I wear it, I love it and don't want to take it off. This happens with a lot of my clothes. It's a problem I'm trying to fix.



Top: The Limited {simoption, sleeveless, chambray}
Shorts: Old Navy {same style, similar}
Flip Flops: Old Navy {same style}

Another problem of mine? Wearing shorts in public. I feel really self conscious in them, as if I were carrying around a giant sign that says "Look! I have huge thighs and cellulite!" I'm convinced, however, that if I wear shorts repeatedly and do not have terrible experiences, then I will no longer negatively associate with shorts. It's a process, but it makes sense, right?

11 comments:

  1. I have similar issues with shorts and my thighs but seriously when you go somewhere take a look at other people wearing shorts. You're thighs are just fine!

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  2. I feel the same way about shorts. But like the comment above, just look at some other people. You look adorable! Heather

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  3. I pretty much love this outfit. And yes, I overuse the word love in regards to fashion. I try to remind myself that 99% of the population isn't going to notice my thighs and cellulite, because they are worried about their own problem areas. The 1% that judges me - I probably wouldn't like them anyway, right?

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  4. Makes perfect sense. I just wore a brand new pair of short-er shorts somewhere really brave: Wal-mart. I figure if I can make it there and back a handful of times without pointing and jeering, I'll be confident enough to wear them to normal places. I think us thicker-thighed gals need to form an alliance called "It's OK To Wear Shorts Even Though Our Thighs Aren't Super Skinny". Support group and everything. Because you look great in this outfit and have no reason to be worried!

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  5. I have the same fear of shorts! I am attempting to wear them more often as well and to do outfit posts in them to conquer my fear!!

    balancingahecticworld.blogspot.com

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  6. I used to feel the same way about shorts Kate. Especially since I am not young. I tried wearing longer shorts and they made me feel frumpy and dumpy so I went back to wearing my 4" inseam shorts. Then I try to remind myself that I work hard to have very muscular legs so don't be afraid to show them. You have nothing to fear - your stems are perfect!

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  7. you do not have huge thighs.

    promise promise promise WEAR THOSE SUCKERS WITH PRIDE, IT'S HOT OUTSIDE.

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  8. I have the opposite. Things look good on the hanger, and once I put them on it's like, "ugh" :(

    I really like that shirt though, looks really good on you!

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  9. You have adorable style! Love you blog! You have got yourself a new follower!
    xo,
    Jacqueline

    stylininstlouis.com

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  10. I'm so with you about clothes on the hanger vs. on my body! I always feel like my clothes are boring on the hanger, but then I put them on and forget how wonderful some of my pieces are! I have a pair of coral shorts that I just rediscovered in my closet. I had this weird memory of them being super tight and awkwardly long, but I tried them on recently and they were great! Yessss! I'm really self-conscious of my thighs as well and shorts are a struggle for me. However, I really hate being hot, so I'll just tough it out and wear my shorts in the heat this summer anyways :) We'll get through it somehow, right? :)

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  11. i wish i had come to this same realization growing up. i was one of those people who NEVER wore shorts/skirts/capris in high school or throughout college or grad school. i first started wearing skirts when i was basically entering into my first job after grad school and needed to because it was so hot. i have never felt confident about my legs and thought everyone would be "looking at me" or "judging me." it makes me so sad to realize how much time was lost being uncomfortable in jeans during hot summers because of my own insecurity. but what you said rang so true, so i'm glad that you shared that here!

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