* dress – craft market * clutch – second hand shop * bangels – cheap import shop and car boot sale * shoes – clarks * purse – gift *
I wore this for a dressy girly night out round the cocktail bars (well, we only managed two of them in the end), which was a good opportunity to dress up! I wore the african wax print dress I got in Brick Lane last summer. I really adore these african print fabrics, did I mention?
On a whim, I decided to take part in academichic’s dress your best week (or couple of weeks), which is all about dressing to emphasise the ‘good’ bits of your body as opposed to hiding the ‘bad’ ones. I didn’t think I could take part, since I don’t do anywhere near daily outfit posts now, and I’m always at least a week behind, but turns out you only need to post once on the theme, and I think I can manage twice at least.
Because, although I took these pictures way before I knew the event existed, they do emphasise a bit I used to not be keen on, then come to accept and eventually to like: my bum. It’s big, it’s round, it’s sticky out-y, it’s made even more prominent because I have what some yoga teachers call an overactive lumber, i.e. a super flexible lower back resulting in an S shaped posture. Dave sometimes calls it a bubble butt, and I kinda like that phrase.
My original discomfort came less from its shape itself than the fact that a lot of guys like it and I was very aware of that when walking around. But then at some point guys stopped chatting me up, and now I can appreciate it for what it is, a nice bit of volume on the generally pretty voluminous thing that is my body shape. And this is exactly what the outfit emphasises: volume around the bottom half. I love bubble/tulip skirts because they build on what’s already there, rather than trying to even out the silhouette. I’m happily bottom heavy (pun intended)!