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Lay Bare The Questions

I still feel a twinge of self-consciousness in spring when I shed my tights and start going bare-legged again. I suppose it's still the fading bruise of high school memories and how painfully shy and weird about my body I was. I went years wearing only jeans to school because I was self-conscious over my legs. Even now I know it's only a matter of time before some family member teasingly calls me Casper or someone asks me how I got that weird blue-grey dot on my leg from accidentally stabbing myself with a pencil and the lead stained my skin. But I'm really comfortable in dresses and skirts now and much better at brushing off the odd comment that isn't even meant maliciously but still draws attention to a part of myself that adds to my shyness. I got much better about my legs as I started wearing clothes that I enjoyed and focused on the fact that my legs have always gotten me where I need to go--they climb trees and endure hikes and even just the every-day walks around town. So, it's really nice to be free from tights and some of the weird body-image issues that plagued my teen years.

20 comments:

Audrey Peeters said...

Hi, you look stunning! I really like your dress and those heels. I know what you mean, I've only start wearing dresses and skirt 2 years ago because of a comment some guy made 7! years ago. I was really really skinny 7 years ( I was only 13 years old) and I was wearing a skirt and one my sisters friend asked if I had anorexia 'cause I was so skinny and he said it was ugly.
I didn't know what to said. I hide my body for so long because of that comment until 2 years when I had some confidence back.

X Audrey
Fashionhightea.blogspot.com

Natasha said...

I never used to wear short skirts because I felt self conscious about my knees. I still think they're weird, but I don't really think abut it anymore. The other day I was in a fitting room and they had terrible lighting that made the veins on my legs look really dark and I was pretty shocked. I was relieved that they didn't look like that in my mirror at home :)

Kristian said...

I love this outfit- all the ascepts perfectly balance. the Feminine colors and print of the dress that is slightly vintagey balanced with the chuncky, modern shoes and the thick belt.

Bivisyani Questibrilia said...

But don't you think the best kind of legs are the ones with enough wounds to tell the story of a lifetime?

Sandipa Sharma said...

You shouldn't feel self conscious! But I feel like it does take a little getting used to after wearing tights for so many months...I feel a little naked lol. But once it's warm, it'll be too uncomfortable even to be thinking about wearing tights! I have a lot of bruises on my legs too, from working out...it happens but you gotta do what you gotta do!

LolaDee said...

Love this dress, very pretty :)

Rebecca Jane said...

That dress looks so pretty layered over that blouse!

Naomi said...

Your blouse is so pretty, peeking out of that lovely dress~

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Rebekah Bradford said...

So weird what one little comment can do! Your legs look fine :) And that dress is adorable!

Louise said...

You look darling and i would sell my left elbow for your legs and i'm really rather fond of my left elbow :)

MarieBayArea said...

You have lovely pins.

Peta said...

love that dress and I'd die for legs like that

Shannon Willardson said...

This dress is awesome, you look amazing in it, I love the sheer sleeves!

Shannon
http://GBOfashion.com

Sora said...

You look amazing! :D I also feel the same way about my legs... it's like, I can't go out without tights or socks! Specially because men start making weird comments as if I wanted to attract their attention with my abre legs... T_T.

Betsey Swaringen said...

You are so gorgeous with that kind of outfit! I really think that dress, skirts and shorts are the perfect outfit for you. Oh, btw, what I love the most is the shoes and your bag. Lovely! :)

Kelley said...

I have a blue-grey spot on my foot from the time I stepped on a pencil!

daria said...

it's hard for me to go bare legged, too, but just at the beginning of summer. by the end of it, I'm all used to my legs and tights feel weird :) btw, I have a blouse very similar to this one that I live to layer under dresses :)

Kristina said...

You always look super cute!

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Shoe said...

You have great legs! I can't imagine that a little spot would detract from them at all... you're right: enjoy all the healthy adventures they allow you :D

Renee said...

I know what you mean! I'm just coming into that phase of accepting myself... Why not wear the clothes we love?!?! They're too pretty to let slip out of our fingers; because we can't cope with how our legs,arms, etc look.

I think you're beautiful in allll of your dresses!!

Renee