Guest Post: Learning To Love My Curves, One White Dress At A Time

Hello lovelies!

As I am horribly sick with that darn flu thats been going around I have decided that this week while I am down for the count I am going to let you get to know some of the other wonderful bloggers in the fashion community that I love and you should love too! A week of guest posts from women who push boundaries, are the greatest people you could ever meet, and inspire me on a daily basis is just what the doctor ordered this week on Lips Hips & FATshion Tips! Don’t you worry though next week I will be back.

Our first “Get Well Guest Post” is from the lovely and talented Anika of By Anika

Learning to love my curves, one white dress at a time

written by Anika of By Anika  

 

I have always been well endowed -shall we say -with generous curves, but I haven`t always loved my figure. I spent most of my life hiding, trying to be invisible, feeling ashamed of my self and my body. As I started working on my self image and challenged my self hatred I began to move into a place of acceptance for my self and my hourglassy curves.

Then one day it finally hit me: Hang on. I am fat! People can see me even if I don`t want them too. I can`t hide, so I might as well wear leopard prints and white on bottom! Perfect logic, no?

At that I finally got on with not only accepting my curves but loving – flaunting them! Armed with my new confidence I set out to find sexy and beautiful clothes, only to find that they didn`t exist.

My attitude to life is that there are no obstacles that I can`t take on, problems are simply solutions I have yet to discover. True to form I decided that I would not be defeated. The solution? Put my creativity to good use and design and sew my clothes. I have always been a quirky dresser, and in my twenties I finally blossomed. First on my list? Something I thought I would never dare to wear:

White. Frills. On my bottom. 

 

This white dress was one of my personal breakthroughs in terms of defining what I can wear and not.

That definition was blown wide open when I picked my shamed self up from the dressing room floor (when the dress sized XL didn`t fit) and walked out of the store with two matching dresses, determined that I was going to wear the beautiful white frills no matter what, hips and tummy and all.

I made a dress from the two dresses, and have reworked the dress several times in the last year. Each take on the dress mirrors my growing confidence, and I love it.

I feel so much better when I have the guts to wear what I want, and as far as I am concerned it`s not really about size – it`s all about knowing my shape and working it.

If the dress doesn`t fit it`s not me that needs changing -it`s the dress! Can I get an AMEN!

Love, Anika  

Ps. Thank you for being such an inspiration Stiletto, and thank you for letting me guest post. I <3 you.

Thank you for the awesome guest post and a look into how you became the amazing fatshionista, blogger, designer and amazing woman! I highly recommend everyone check out By Anika for awesome outfits, great personal style and an always lovely read!

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14 Responses to “Guest Post: Learning To Love My Curves, One White Dress At A Time”

  1. I hope you feel better soon darling! Sending you much love all the way on the other side of the Atlantic <3

  2. QueenDiva says:

    Anika… great post… love love love you dear!!!

  3. Gazel M. says:

    I love you, Anika. You are a great girl with such exuberant confidence. <3 Loves.

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  5. BBM says:

    oh my goodness i just love anika and love this guest post! feel better stilettz!

  6. SACRAMENTO says:

    She is fantastic. Love you Anika, yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  7. Casee Marie says:

    Congratulations on such a wonderful guest post, Anika! You’re such an inspiration (in case I haven’t told you lately) and I always love reading your philosophy on fashion and your fabulous self. Lovely read, sunshine!

    @Stiletto, feel better soon!

  8. Thank you all for the love sweethearts! I take it to heart, truly. And a big big kiss for you darling Samantha!

  9. Joy says:

    Anika is also an inspiration to new plus-size bloggers like me. It’s almost as if Anika’s confidence is contagious — whenever I read one of her posts I come away feeling better about myself and more willing to try something new fashion-wise.

    Stiletto Siren, too! I’ve been lurking for awhile, however this is my first comment. I love the outfits you put together and I have borrowed quite a few ideas from you. Thank you! x :)

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