Crows feet, stretch marks, freckles, scars, a wide nose, a wide booty…all of these can be perceived as flaws or imperfections if you will…
…But are they really? I say no, no they are not. The list of things that are considered “imperfections” both by the fashion/beauty/advertising world and by ourselves is endless. While I am not going to attempt to feed you a line of bull by telling you that I love all of my flaws, I will tell that I have at least learned to live with the ones that I don’t love. And yes, some of them I have actually grown to love.
Here’s the funny thing about our imperfections…they are the very thing that make each and every one of us uniquely perfect. For example, there is not another living person on the planet who has my grandmother’s slightly chubby nose with the exact constellation of freckles sprinkled across it that I have. Nor is there another human with a small crescent shaped scar on their forehead acquired when they were about 3 years old while bouncing on the bed, going airborne and hitting a nightstand. And the stretch marks all over my hips and thighs? A gift from my son while I was growing him inside my body.
See what I mean? Not only are your imperfections uniquely yours, so many of them tell a story. A story of a life well-lived and lessons learned; a story as individual and personal as your fingerprint. Honestly, how can you not love them? They are yours and yours alone. They are a visible reminder of things that you might have otherwise forgotten. Those crows feet around your eyes are there to gently remind you of years of laughter and perhaps a few tears. The scars? Reminders of battles won. The too high forehead? It gives you the opportunity to see a little bit of your mom every time you look in the mirror.
So maybe instead of being too hard on yourself for your perceived imperfections, you should view them as little reminders of who you are and where you’ve been. Imperfections are reminders that you aren’t imperfect, but instead uniquely perfectly you.
When it comes to fashion, I’m drawn to the quirky and unexpected. When I laid eyes on these ruffled tie front wrap pants (unfortunately they are currently out of stock) from eShakti I knew that they were made for me. And I mean that quite literally. If you are unfamiliar with eShakti, their pieces can either be ordered using standard sizing or they can be customized using your exact measurements. That is an awesome option, especially for us elfin-sized girls when it comes to pants and maxi skirts.
I ordered the pants cropped, but obviously on this particular day boots were required so unfortunately you can’t see the hemline. The pants are actually jogger style so the hemline is elasticized. The fabric is a cotton/spandex jersey so it’s not only forgiving, but comfortable too. I’m totally loving the whole “is it pants or is it a skirt” dichotomy. I’ve been known to layer dresses/skirts over jeans so it’s just super cool that this piece comes with the layering already done for me. I can’t wait to style them with a graphic tee and strappy sandals once Spring rolls back around so the cropped jogger pants are totally visible.
If you have the opportunity to have pieces tailored specifically for you, do it! There’s nothing like a piece of clothing arriving in the mail and having it fit perfectly right out of the box.
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