We often hear, “Just because they make it in your size doesn’t mean you need to wear it.” A very true statement; however, most of the time it’s said, it’s in reference to a more curvy or plus size woman. And while I do agree that voluptuous women have wardrobe limitations, I wholeheartedly believe that skinny girls do too!
My whole life I’ve heard, “Oh you’re so small; you can wear anything.” Society has adopted this false concept that size zeros and twos can wear literally anything and still look amazing. Most of my graceful, stick figure counterparts have bought into this and it pains my style senses when I see one who belongs on my team, out and about strutting in a getup that does absolutely nothing but display her frame in the most boyishly prepubescent way ever.
I was reminded of this a few weeks ago on Instagram. All was well as I scrolled down my feed of everything from finished makeup looks to home-cooked creations. And then, there she was–my boney sister from another mister standing with her hands on her hips in a model 101 pose–wearing a tank, spandex and stilettos. She posed at just enough of an angle to showcase her non-existent rear. At first I thought it was some sort of joke… but it wasn’t. I read the few comments to see if any other followers were as disturbed as I was but none, not a one.
One admirer even wrote, “#WERK”—a very strong word only to be used in rare instances of exceptional fierceness! The shiny 80s-inspired neon pink tights were capri length and super cute, just not on her. They slimmed her little legs even more, making her look shapeless and just plain pitiful. You could literally see the outline of every bone in her knee. As annoyed as I was, I knew that it wasn’t even her fault. The poor thing has probably been hearing her whole entire life that there’s absolutely nothing she can’t pull off and as an innocent skinny mini who knew no better, she believed it.
Coming from a place of no judgment and no hate because I too am a slimster, I want to inform my size 0’s through 4’s that unfortunately society has lied to us and we are not invincible from looking a hot mess! Stick to the daisy dukes and crop tops and let our thicker sisters handle the body-hugging gear.
Now, if you’re a skinny mini with a little tush, you may be able to pull off some (not all) leggings, bandage dresses, etc. by investing in a few Victoria’s Secret Miracle Bras. They truly are miraculous as they not only plump your décolletage, but they also enhance your minimal curvature.
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Stick to thicker materials that will assist in giving your body a little extra help. If you have more of a boy shape (like the poor baby on Instagram), you just have to suck it up and accept that skin-tight is not for you. Tight garments pull in and suck in; so when you’re slender with no curves on the sides or back, they make your shape appear very similar to that of a child and not at all reflective of a woman. If this is your body type, embrace it. There are still ways for you to look sexy and womanly.
Show off your lean legs in long, flowing dresses and skirts with thigh-high splits. Do tops with ultra-low backs. If you’re short, wear high heels to elongate your body for a more modelesque flair. Do mini baby doll and bubble dresses with flared bottoms and fitting bodices, cinching the waist with a belt and enhancing the cleavage with a push up. Options are plenty. You just have to explore them. If you’re unsure, just stand in the mirror and ask yourself, does this make me look slimmer than I already am? If the answer is yes, go with a different choice.
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CHICK CHAT: Skinny Women Can’t Wear Everything They Want was originally published on hellobeautiful.com