You know that feeling you get when you pull on a pair of pants and you not only look good, but you feel good? Sometimes a nicely-fitting pair of jeans is all you need to feel like the next Tyra Banks. Unfortunately, we don’t all find our jean-soul mates on the first try at the department store, and poor luck can certainly crush our shopping spirits. To amend the situation, I am here to explain the power of sizing up – my trick for feeling fabulous every time I shop.
When I find a new pair of jeans I like, I immediately grab one size higher than my actual size to try on. If you are unsure of your size, eyeball the pants, then grab one size larger.
Usually the outcome of this odd shopping habit goes one of two ways: the pants fit great on the first try, or they are a bit loose. If the first is true, my shopping is over and I am satisfied. If the second is true, I feel great about my body, even a bit empowered, and I try on a size lower.
Now let me make something clear: your mood certainly should not dependent on your size or your ability to go back down to your usual pant size. However, I do believe that how we dress can make us more confident, and I am guilty of throwing on heels just to make myself feel powerful. But remember that this power and strength comes from the inside, your clothes just help bring it out of you.
When I went to Kohl’s one day searching for pants, I grabbed a size 9 instead of my usual 7. The pants, to this day, are one of my favorite pairs; this is because I felt great in them, not because they are my lowest size. Ladies, we need to approach shopping as an opportunity to be confident, expressive, and flaunt what we have. I believe the best way to do this is to size up when necessary, smile, and then be blind about the numbers.
Focus on how you feel in clothes, not on the little number on the tag. No number can do your body justice or measure your worth.
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