Confidence and Off the Shoulder Looks

This is about as close as I’ve come to embracing the off-the-shoulder trend. Well, except for the maxi dress I wore a few posts back. I really like the look of off-the-shoulder tops and dresses on other people but not so much for me. That is until recently. I just recently started wearing sleeveless tops and dresses, it’s been baby steps on exposing my arms and shoulders. Want to know the silly reason why? Here goes.

I used to think my arms were oddly small. Over the years many people have commented on how small my arms are. They are small but my shoulders are pretty small so I guess my arms are a good fit. I guess the issue they meant was really more about my body shape. I recently talked about how I feel about my shape (here). I’m pear shaped, meaning my bottom is wider than my top. In relation to my hips, my shoulders and arms are pretty small. The best part of all this is – who cares!?

I don’t care if my arms and shoulders are small. I don’t care if people think my arms are small. I don’t care and that is the point of this post. This isn’t a pity post. This is a be proud of your shape and wear what you want kind of post. This is the first season I’ve worn off-the-shoulder, sleeveless, and spaghetti strap dresses and tops more than once. Guess what – I love it!

No More Nonsense

I’m sure I’ve worn sleeveless tops a few times over the years but this is the first time I’ve actually looked for tops and dresses that don’t cover my shoulders. I used to not consider a dress or top that wouldn’t look ok with a cardigan. I had no intention of wearing a dress or top without a cardigan. I think body image issues are something we all deal with at one time or another. For me, I just don’t want to waste time disliking a part of myself. No more of that nonsense. I’m embracing my pear shape and rocking my arms and shoulders.

 

Photo Credit: Liz Paveza / Misfit 29 / @thismisfitliz

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