Sunday, September 11, 2011

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Once upon a time, I was scared. Scared of what, exactly?
Well. Revealing my arms. Wearing an outfit like this back in high school - forget it. Perhaps the biggest insecurity I had about myself was not my tummy, but my arms. My arms are bigger in terms of proportion... it was (and still is) difficult to find tops that fit my arms just right, while fitting my bust and tummy just right too. Either I find something just right in the bust or tummy department, but the arms are too tight, or I find arms that are just right but way too loose elsewhere.

It's taken a few years but I've overcome this fear of revealing my arms. As big as they are, they're a part of me and it's not fair to love just one part of your body, I think we should love every single curve and every single part of our bodies... because it's the only one that we have in this lifetime. Hating my arms won't do me any good, right?







Top and Belt Thrifted | Skirt and Socks Dorothy Perkins | Shoes F21 | Headscarf ASOS







Anyways, I felt like a vintage-ey housewife in this outfit. Even though it's September it's very hot out in my city, like 30 degrees Celsius hot, reminiscent of July days. Looks like layering's got to wait, but I'm not complaining. Once summer is gone, I'll be begging for it to come back.

So that's all for today and until next time!

38 comments:

  1. very, very cute. i definitely get the housewife-vibe. 
     i just got over the baring arms thing within the past 2 years, and now it just seems so silly-- wasting time sweating in sleeves. nothing shameful to hide. 

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  2. Adorable! I love the pop of colour with your headband! so cute. I have the problem with finding things that fit both my arms and my chest correctly. So frustrating!  For years I've shy'd away from it too, but it's just such a silly thing! 

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  3. I have the same insecurities with my arms and it sucks not being able to wear certain things that won't fit over them, but you are stunning and look amazing! xxx

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  4. 'I think we should love every single curve and every single part of our
    bodies... because it's the only one that we have in this lifetime.' That's such a lovely thing to read.
    You look gorgeous. Your headband is amazing!

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  5. love this look gazel! you look darling as always and i've also started get my arms out more thanks to you :) xx

    aroselikethis.blogspot.com

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  6. You look so lovely! I completely understand what you mean, though. I feel really uncomfortable wearing sleeveless tops for the same reason. I also have a lot of freckles all over my arms, so those add to my self-consciousness. And even when I do wear a sleeveless shirt, I bring a cardigan along as a safety blanket. LOL! BUT I'm gradually getting over that self-consciousness and embracing my arms exactly the way they are. =)

    charmingpumpkin.blogspot.com

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  7. Yay!
    I have freckles and bumps on my arms that add to the self-consciousness but at the end of the day no one is going to stare at your arms, at least that's what I think.

    Thanks a bunch.

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  8. That makes me so happy to hear that. :D

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  9. Exactly, so silly!
    Thank you. :3

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  10. Yes. Exactly. <3
    Thank you for your kind words btw.

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  11. That is a lovely outfit! I also have HUGE upper-arms, I've yet to find a properly fitting blazer because of that. Either it fits everywhere except the arms are tight and nasty and restrictive or the arms are fine, but it's baggy and loose. Same with coats and non-stretchy shirts.

    I tried to hide them with cardigans for a few years but just recently I was done with that. If people judge me on my arm size, I'm not going to get along with them whether or not my arms are covered :P

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  12. Lovely outfit and thoughts. Strong and healthy arms are a blessing and should get their time in the sun. :)
    I hear ya on the fit problem! I have what many would consider a smaller frame but I have tried on many a shirt/top that is tight in the arms but fits fine everywhere else ... 

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  13. Another Gorgeous Outfit! :) Love it!

    www.charchiccc.blogspot.com x

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  14. I love your style so much!
    Super cute dress.
     
    xx
     
    http://wearenouvellevague.blogspot.com/

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  15. Elle te va vraiment super  bien cette robe !

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  16. Oh, I have exactly the same issue... I'd probably need to buy shirts 2 sizes larger to acutally fit my arms... so I resolved into wearing sleeveless shirts + cardigans ^^. I actually don't really mind showing my arms because of their mere size but because this summer I once got a really bad sun burn so they're half white half tanned now =,=°. 

    I really think you look great in that dress and I lOVE the headband : )

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  17. Very very veryyyy nice ! Love the dress, and shoes, socks, so cute <3 ! xoxo

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  18. Cute :) I totally have baring-arms-phobia too, but you're right-- why not love them? They're a part of me, so I should be happy and love it all! 

    I love your polka dot, pop of red headband!

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  19. this is the cutest outfit ever!!! Im also self concious about my arms....but I have found the more I bare them, the browner they get and I dont mind them at all.....

    do your thang Gazel xo

    Mele

    http://falalamele.blogspot.com

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  20. Beautiful, loved the clothes!
    Returning favorite blog.
    kiss
    www.itsmekarlla.com

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  21. Good for you! I think once we get over these self-conscience feelings, we love ourselves a little more.

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  22. Way cute outfit and you have gorgeous arms!  I used to have the same fears, now I cannot tolerate anything on my arms, drives me batty!

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  23. I still like to cover my arms but that's because I have a condition where I feel cold all the time, haha! But I have no shame with my arms and I'm glad that you don't either.

    Thanks a bunch!

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  24. Thanks Camille. :) I am a huge fan of your look. x

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  25. Good idea! Never thought of it like that... (though there's that inevitable moment where it's HOT and you have to take off the cardigan, but workplaces don't allow exposed arms, eep!)

    And thank you.

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  26. Thanks Char, I am a big fan of your looks as well. x

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  27. Hehe! That's right. :P
    It's very frustrating... same with my shape! Grr. I have a huge tummy but my thighs/calves aren't as proportioned. Very annoying.

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  28. I hear you on the blazers. I think I've just stopped looking for blazers because I can never find THE blazer that fits like a dream, you know? Arms too tight, or too loose... cannot button, too long, too short. Sigh. Etc. etc.

    And good for you! Don't be ashamed of your arms. :)

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  29. That is some awesome body acceptance! I've gone through many days where I just couldn't fathom parts of my body - my arms included! While I have come to accept it, I still find that certain garments don't fit my arms but fit fine everywhere else which seeing that usually leads me to a mini breakdown of me thinking I have abnormally large arms for my body. haha

    That headband you're rocking is absolutely adorable! My heart always swoons for polka dots. :)

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