It’s not like I’ve kept it a secret, but here’s a confession for you all; I am a curvy girl!
As much as I love my gorgeous fellow bloggers, like Harriet from A Girl About Country, Charlotte from Charlotte in England and Andrea from Mud on my Mulberry, I just can’t be friends with people that look that perfect.
Kidding! (Am I?)
Of course, I’m slightly (cough, very) envious of their long slim legs and their ability to look great in anything they put on. But truthfully, I’ve always been very proud of my curves and I’m aware that there are pros and cons to every body shape. (Spoiler: Big boobs are NOT as great as everyone seems to think they are!)
What I’m Wearing: LD Equestrian Classic Black T-Shirt, H&M black cardigan, Annabel Brocks Black Faux Suede Gilet with Natural Faux Fur Collar, Next black jeans and Sporting Hares Fieldsport Wellingtons. Jewellery by Hiho Silver.
And it has to be said that curves can sometimes make life a little challenging. Some outfits make you look a bit like a family sized tent, sometimes bits bulge in places that they shouldn’t and just because it comes in your size, does not mean you should buy it!
And when I say I have curves, I mean cuuuurves!
To give you an all round idea (no pun intended) I’m 5ft3, with size 34F boobs, very short legs and am usually a size 12 (when I’ve been living on salad) or 14 (when I accidentally fell face first into a pizza a couple of times this week). So, I’m certainly no stick-thin super model.
And for a while, I felt like this was a huge hinderance when it came to blogging. How could I blog about country fashion when I didn’t look like I’d just hopped off of the front of the catalogue…?
What I’m Wearing: Charleston Couture Bespoke Hampton Poncho in dove tweed with rich chocolate satin lining and horse motif buttons, Next blue jeans and cream blouse, Fairfax & Favour Tan Aspley and Mackenzie & George Tan Windsor Maxi Clutch.
But then it occurred to me… An absolute revelation… Wait for it… I’m normal!
And so are most of my readers. We’re normal women, with normal body confidence issues and we each have our own hang ups. And maybe that’s the angle I can write from?!
And as much as I try to diet, the cheese just keeps finding me and to be honest, I don’t want to spend my life living a miserable, never ending, calorie counting cycle.
I’m never going to have a thigh gap, I can’t get away with all these ‘base layers’ I keep seeing everywhere and my boobs are probably always going to choke me slightly when I lie on my back. And I’m ok with that!
So, this year, it has become a little bit of a mission to find country fashion to suit the curvy body of a normal woman! Up until now it’s been a bit of a private mission, just for me. But guys, we’re going public!
And I’ve decided that this is going to be a subject that I’m going to tackle a lot more on my blog, going forward.
(If there are any brands that think they would enjoy working on something like this, to help encourage body confidence, please do get in touch.)
And where better to begin that, than with HOYS?!
So here you have it; My first ever ‘What I’m Wearing’ post, my first venture into country fashion blogging and my first blog photo shoot. Scary, but exciting.
These are my picks for this year’s Horse of the Year Show. All of these brands either cater for a large range of sizes or will go out of their way to create bespoke items to fit your shape. They’re all items and brands I feel comfortable and confident in, so I thought I’d include them in my first post and they’ll also be in my HOYS vlog, too.
Please be gentle with me. Please be kind. Feel free to keep any negative opinions to yourself. But if you’ve got something positive to add to the conversation, I’d love to hear from you in the comments!
Are you a healthy, normal sized woman, without a thigh gap and with a bit of a muffin top? Do you want to hear more about the country fashion brands that cater for ordinary bodies? I’d love you to say hi and make me feel a little less vulnerable right now! 😉