Julie Kemp Pick
Years ago most designer clothing was cut more generously than it is today. A size medium could be stretched a lot farther back then. I've noticed that many people are very size conscious and are determined to squeeze into whatever size they wore five or ten years ago regardless of the fit. This often results in many unflattering bulges that could easily be avoided.
My husband's obscene bike shorts are a shining example of a good thing gone wrong. When he first showed up pedaling to my mom's house in them, she had to politely excuse herself and go inside. Though she loved her future son in law, she couldn't quite look at him the same after seeing him in his spandex splendor. More than 25 years and 20 pounds later, he still squeezes into those shorts, displaying more than his original bulge.
Bulge blindness affects celebrities that have their own personal stylists too. Often times I want to throw something at the TV when I see Oprah encased in her clothing. With all of her wardrobe people, wouldn't you think that someone would notice that if she turns the wrong way, her dress will likely split open? What really bothers me, is that she's hosted shows with experts advising how to buy the proper fitting bra for millions of viewers, but doesn't invest the time and energy to find a suitable seamstress for herself.
Is it really sexy to wear something tight enough to cut off circulation when you're overweight? Am I really one to judge when I prefer to wear turtlenecks year round? I do miss Dickeys.
With muffin tops, back fat, side spillage and raging thighs, it's getting more difficult to battle bulges as we grow older. A well-balanced diet and exercise will definitely help, but it's easier to go up a size.
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