The website My Virtual Model, found at http://www.mvm.com/demovs.html is a great motivational tool. It’s really for ‘trying on’ different styles of clothes, but if you ignore the clothes and focus on the model herself you get a good idea of what you’d look like at different weights. Here’s me at 13st 10lbs and me at 10st:
Quite a difference! (The site only allows you to have small/medium or medium/large breasts though. Hah! No option for the more realistic ‘bloody enormous’.) Fingers crossed in a year or less I’ll look more like the second picture…
I haven’t used the site above to look at clothes or think about style, mainly because I like to think that I dress quite well whatever my size. In reality of course, there are things I wear and then look back on and wonder what on earth I was thinking. As a chubster my main strategy has been to wear clothes loose enough to ‘skim’ over any rolls, but slim-fitting enough to not make me look like a giant, walking tent. That’s actually quite a tall order. My main trouble has always been my tummy, which I can’t remember ever being flat, even when I was otherwise pretty slim. The key is to wear jumpers and tops that are loose-ish over the shoulder and fairly long, so they cover a bit of hip, but quite straight up and down in the middle to disguise the flab. (Though you’ve got to be careful with fabric as this can quickly look very 80s if you get it wrong.) I also love my ‘Not Your Daughters’ Jeans’, which I mentioned the other day. They are very American – quite high waisted. They slightly run the risk of making you look like a 90s Deep South line dancer (just add cowboy boots for instant fashion suicide) but I tend to wear tops that hide quite how high they come up so it’s less of a problem. I don’t know how they do it but they manage to suck you in like a corset would and simultaneously lift your bum a good couple of inches. They are genius. Unfortunately they’re also cripplingly expensive – about £170 which is the same price as proper designer jeans, and which I resent a bit! Thank goodness for Black Friday.
The other thing I rely on a lot is dresses. With boobs as ridiculous as mine shirts are impossible (unless worn over a vest and only buttoned over the stomach, which can look very slutty very quickly when your cleavage threatens to suck in and drown passers by) and I don’t tend to wear t-shirts as they can look stretched over the chest (again, slutty), not to mention a bit teenager-ish I think. Dresses get over the modesty problem and can be dressed up or down depending. I rely a lot on places that cut for curves like Hobbs and Jigsaw. Whistles dresses are fabulous and made for my figure – I love them and wish I could afford more. I loved Boden’s maternity range but find their normal range quite slim fitting. I’ve bought trousers from them before that are flattering on my legs, fit my bum, look great from behind but won’t zip up at all – my hips are too big for the way they cut I think. The perennial hour-glass fashion favourite of Diane von Furstenberg wrap dresses are also brilliant, but they’re so expensive I only have two and they don’t currently fit. Another reason to get to goal as quickly as possible!
A little-admitted problem of the modern fatty is the dreaded thigh chafe. There is not much that is more unpleasant, and it makes tights or leggings a must with dresses. I didn’t really get leggings until I was pregnant; I remembered a couple of horrendous BHS pairs my mother made me wear when I was at primary school (it was the 80s, to be fair) and vowed never to wear them again, but they’re far more useful and flattering than I gave them credit. I still don’t get the three-quarter length ones worn with tops that don’t cover the bum though. Just, why?!
Today is day four of the 30 Day Shred. Just got to kick DH off the X-box so I can switch on Jillian in all her glory.