In my early twenties, the scale was judge, jury and executioner. Staying thin was my obsession. Then, I got a real job. Thirty-plus pounds later, I realized that I was not a number on a scale.
I lost the “lazy sit-on-the-couch, eat-cheeseburgers-at-every-meal weight,” and kept ten pounds because that was my comfortable weight. A weight that allowed me to eat, workout and live my life without thinking about my weight. I succeeded at mostly forgetting my weight for almost eight years.
Recently, I gained twelve pounds. It’s not a lot. I look good. But that weight was enough to push me out of my daily wardrobe.
I’ve gained weight because I’m over-scheduled and eating easy, unhealthy food. I only feel bad about my body when I put on small, uncomfortable clothes. I will lose this weight, but how do I dress for work for the next two months while I’m losing it? Here’s how.
Step One: Know Your Body Type. It’s not just about shape; it’s about knowing how and where you gain weight. If I gain five pounds, it all goes to my hips. After that, stomach and arms pick up the slack. Once you know where the extra weight lives, you can figure out how to dress for concealment.
Step Two: Camouflage. To cover a little extra weight (and stay comfortable) loosen up the fit in your problem areas. When I gain weight, I wear more wrap dresses, more a-line skirts, and more wide leg pants. A bit of extra room is good for my look, and good for my psyche. When clothes are tight and uncomfortable, no one feels their most confident.
If you gain weight in the torso, try a draped or gathered blouse. Another great option is a flowy peasant blouse. A straight-fitting blazer trims your figure by creating a new, slim silhouette. And don’t forget the shift dress for providing a bit of extra room.
Step Three: Slim and Shape. I hate wearing Spanx. They’re uncomfortable. They have to be adjusted and readjusted. And wearing them can be hard on my emotions when I don’t feel great about my body.
All that being said, if I need a little help, Spanx can provide that. There are a variety of styles from tummy-tucking, to high-waisted, to booty-boosting. I prefer the slip-style shapers because I don’t like when my thighs are bound. They just give my figure a smoother, sleeker look.
Step Four: Accessorize. When concealing a bit of weight gain, one of the easiest tricks is to draw the eye to something else–a cool pair of shoes, a statement necklace, or a bold cuff. You can also try a new hair style, wear a bold lipstick, or break out the colorful scarves. Just create a new focal point that emphasizes your personal style and distracts the eye.
Gaining weight is inevitable. We all have times when the scale isn’t kind. It’s a struggle to dress for work when your clothes aren’t fitting like usual. But until wearing leggings and a tunic tee to the office is an option, we have to make it work. Knowing how to dress your body for comfort and camouflage is essential to feeling and looking your best.