Once during an extensive case of being distracted on the Internet I stumbled upon a Victoria’s Secret model’s tips to looking the way she does. I am pretty sure it was Alessandra Ambrosio, but that is not important. You know what I am talking about, right? Well, if you don’t it starts innocently enough. I was probably reading some Google news article and didn’t know everything there was to know about Victoria Secret’s Angel Wings or something so I took some time in my day (that I didn’t have) to Wikipedia the shit out of Victoria Secret models, the history of swimsuits, and probably a slew of other things that no one will ever ask me about nor will I need to share. But, if that moment does ever arise, I will have most likely forgotten everything I learned during this 10 minutes of nonsense anyways.
After falling down the rabbit hole, I read Alessandra say one of the ways she stays in good shape is by wearing as little clothing as possible at all times. Her philosophy is if you don’t have sweatpants and big baggy shirts as a crutch you make better choices about food, exercise, and overall health. Don’t quote me on that, it might have been a different model. Ok, I am with you. This is totally the wrong reason to take better care of yourself. Having a banging body is not the most important thing in the world. Agreed. But, I think we can all agree, having a banging body isn’t going to be upsetting either. Therefore, I decided to give her philosophy a try. I justified this with the idea of “if by wearing less clothing I end up making better choices about food, skincare, and exercise it seems like a win-win to me.”
Oddly, this worked for me. I have never been one to really cover up all that much, but it was still hard at first. I told myself, “Everyone pretty much knows what people’s bodies are going to look like under their clothes anyway, so really who cares? I know. Lots of people.
Stay with me. I jumped on the crop top bandwagon earlier this summer and when you combined that with some summer shorts two things occurred. One, I felt much more confident about my body. Like when I sat down and those rolls of skin formed… it’s fine. It happens to everyone! I always feel self-conscious about these types of things and now with the new ‘I wear less clothing’ happening I realized there is actually nothing I can do about those rolls when I’m sitting down in a crop top. And that’s okay.
Two, with less clothing on I also see some of my little baby arm muscles from Yoga and Pilates. It is really exciting and has kept me going. It may be vain, but if I never saw those little baby muscles, which can maybe pick up 5 lbs, I would probably not continue to exercise regularly. Just keeping it real.
I also feel this philosophy has helped me embrace not only my body but also the differences between women’s bodies. My friend just had a baby 8 months ago and she looks like a rock star. She shouldn’t be in baggy sweats. Does her body look like it did pre-baby? No, and the truth is she looks more beautiful now than ever before. So why not celebrate this? I wondered if more women wore what they wanted and what they liked without worrying about how their body looks… all shapes and sizes… would everyone start to accept the differences between women’s bodies? There are for sure more variations in shape than we see regularly; it would be refreshing to not always see super models in swimsuits & crop tops. Maybe it could help with unrealistic body image expectations. I am the first to admit I am guilty of this too. Most of the photos I put up on the blog don’t have a lot of variation in shape. But, I would like to make an effort to change that. So far this summer, wearing less has taught me a couple things.