Cardigan: Marshall’s
Skirt: lane Bryant
Shoes: Target

It took a long time for What Not to Wear to get me out of oversized clothes. Big Tops were my comfort zone…. the bush I would run to hide behind. I came into my 50s quite overweight and had just stopped caring for myself. Oversized polos, T shirts, and tunics were safe and I honestly did not believe looked that bad. It took a bold Stacy London and Clinton Kelly to get me to see that fit….even at my current size…was more flattering than the really big shirts. I had to see it for myself.

They were right….smaller shirts made me look thinner ….not the blankets I would throw on every day. A form fitting top and jacket will take off more pounds, faster than any diet I know of. Now, Clinton says, “VA VA VOOM!” when a woman’s curves suddenly appear!!

Bracelet: Forever 21

Other than a perfectly fitted jacket, my favorite VA VA VOOM-look is a buttoned cardigan. I feel thinner, younger, and more stylish when I wear one. Yes…I will say that I feel sexy in them! Gigi is modeling another slenderizing look…the fitted jacker. It can make a huge difference.

Jacket: Kohl’s

This realization has been so life changing for me that I want to share it with everyone, but sometimes I worry that women will be offended when I do. They could ramp up their WOW-factor….enhance their beauty…and feel better about themselves just by tossing the big, floppy shirts. I always hesitate and even feel bad when I try to tell women to go the more fitted direction.

Scarf: Stein Mart

Why is it that we want to hang on to those security blankets we hide behind ? What do we really fear?

Full Disclosure: I attempted to tell a really attractive lady on a blog that she would look
thinner if she would avoid over-sized tops with big horitzontal stripes.  Her blog asked what the readers thought of the top.  I told her that she was way too pretty to wear the big blouses.  I guess I offended her.  She removed the comment from her sight.  Are we always just to say
“great look today?”  Or is it better to say nothing at all?  Even when asked for opinions?  I am grieved she may have taken my comments in a wrong way!

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