Fitting yourself into clothes


That's the sound of you.

Trapping a little fleshy bit of yourself into the zip of whatever garment you're putting on, be it a nice pair of jeans, a skirt or a dress.

Fuck, you think, as you try it again and the same thing happens. You try pinching it together, but shit, it just won't go.

What the hell is happening, you think. Was it that KFC I had the other day, or those pints of the pub on the weekend?


I'm going to tell you, it's just your body.

Your body is living vessel. Your body is constantly working. You're constantly breathing. Your heart is constantly pumping out blood, your cells are constant, multiplying, dividing and dying. Your hair is constantly growing, your skin constantly shedding. Your mind constantly thinking.

You are a living thing.

Your body is beautiful.

We all have those days where we find it a bit hard to fit into certain pieces of clothing. that lovely skirt you bought the other day on the high street that you thought maybe, just maybe, if I skip out on lunch or have light dinners for a few days, I'll be able to fit into it.

We've all done it.

But I think it's time we reach the point in society where we don't buy things to fit into- we buy things that we fit into then, when we try it on in the fitting room.

I see a lot of it in my appointments as a stylist, where women will try and convince themselves to buy the lowest size of something that they're trying on despite the fact that it's too tight. Instead of buying the more comfortable, higher size, they opt for the one they might not fit into. All because of that number on the label. It's tricky, not fitting into things.

It's hard.

But it happens- your body's unique.

It stores fat, it burns fat. Some days it does more of one than the other- some weeks or some months even!

Sometimes it doesn't even depend on what you eat, how much exercise you do is just your body being your body. And that's okay. It happens to me quite a bit, I'll put on a dress that I haven't worn in a while and think- 0h, that's a bit tight around the bust, or my bums looking a bit big in this, but then I realise it's just me, it's who I am.

I'm going to grow, I'm going to shrink over time with whatever happens to me.

Whether I've had a particularly long week at work, where I've been doing 20,000 steps a day and I haven't had time for a lot of lunch, then I'm going to be smaller and those jeans are going to be obviously slightly looser.

Or whether I've been pigging out with P and we've been eating out four out of seven nights of the week, and just laying on the sofa for the other three, they're going to be a bit tighter.

And that's okay for that to happen. Your body is your body and it will fluctuate, so don't worry next time you have to struggle into a piece of clothing.

C x


Shirt- Whistles

Jeans- Boden

Shoes- Converse

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London-based writer and stylist.

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