Not only do we come in different shapes and forms but our bodies tend to evolve over the years. When I was 20, I thought that the body I had then would stay with me forever and little did I know it would go through a lot of inevitable change. I am not talking about the weight aspect which is completely personal and one has the choice to manage it considering they are in good health. This post is about body shape evolution which just happens naturally and it’s ok. The key is to learn to live with it and adapt.
Everyone is different and this is in no way a general case but I thought I would share my experience… After all this is what blogging is about!
For me, having a baby played a major part in shaping my new figure, but it is not the only factor. Hormones, lifestyle and age contributed a lot.
After giving birth, it took me a few months to lose all the baby weight with perseverant workouts and healthy eating but nonetheless my body still felt and looked different. Clothes didn’t fit like they used to: my upper body was bigger and my lower body narrower.
I used to have a relatively small waist, whereas now it’s nearly the same width as my hips. I also have slightly fuller breast (despite not having breastfed, I had no milk) which I struggled with for a while. I know many women would dream of having bigger boobs but in my case it made me unhappy. I also started working out more post baby which resulted in a more muscular silhouette. Finally, the first signs of aging appeared, such as looser skin and expression lines (again a naturally occurring trait).
Now, how did I come to terms with these changes? At first I was in panic mode: I was lucky to have had the same shape/weight/size since reaching adulthood and was definitely not ready for this inevitable transformation. But never underestimate human nature’s power of adaptation!
I threw away my padded bras and bought new contouring fits that actually minimize breasts while staying comfortable. My two favorite brands in this field are Chantelle and Maidenform (not sponsored).
Then I swapped tight and short for loose and longer. I firmly believe that age is just a number and it should in no way influence the way we dress but for me it just felt right and I leaned towards more comfortable and roomy options. I also started wearing belts to accentuate my waist. The maximum heel height I can now walk in is 4 inches / 10 cm. As for denim, I finally ditched my super skinny jeans (despite holding on to them for a while) and favored slim straight cuts. I will dedicate a post to my current favorite denim selection.
Last but not least, I decided to fight aging signs with great beauty products, retinol treatments, and derma rollers every now and then. I will also write a blog post to my new skin routine.
This was my experience so far and I am sure there is more to come. A women’s body goes through different stages during a lifetime. I am no expert but am more than happy to answer any questions regarding my journey and how I lived it, so please feel free to reach out!
Dress: LPA , Belt : Dior (old), Boots: Steve Madden (old)
Photograhy: Marta Skovro