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I started using #dogmomstyle when I joined StitchFix. I would take selfies to show off my haul and came up with #dogmomstyle. I liked the hashtag and the StitchFix community so much that I bought the domain with the idea of starting a fashion blog.
I hate pictures of myself. I always think I look bloated, overweight (despite wearing a size 6, 8, and medium), and dumpy. Fashion bloggers, no matter the size, always look so stylish and I didn’t have the confidence to join the community.
Eventually, I canceled my StitchFix (it’s expensive). But I kept using #dogmomstyle when it applied.
What’s Dog Mom Style?
To me, Dog Mom Style is what I wear to feel attractive, relaxed, confident, and, at times, professional while knowing that I have dog hair on my clothes and possibly a paw print. My style is casual and I always want to feel comfortable in what I’m wearing. I don’t spend a lot of money when I go shopping because all of my clothes will eventually become Canine Tested. I avoid dry clean only items, silk, satin, lace, and anything else that can’t stand up to a rambunctious puppy.
As a result of raising a house full of dogs (we have five), I’ve made the following changes to my closet:
- I swapped the heels out for flats. Wearing high heel shoes is impractical in a house full of dogs, living on 5 acres, in a semi-rural community.
- I have loads of jeans, but that’s not all. It’s imperative to find comfortable jeans. For me, the best jeans are:
- Jessica Simpson (that woman understands a curvy body)
- Old Navy Sweetheart jeans
- Kut from the Kloth
- Multiple pairs of athletic shoes because dogs need to be walked and when you live with five big dogs, being in shape is important so I work out by myself too.
- I embrace the Pacific Northwest Flava of flannel, rainboots, and hoodies. Only transplants bother with an umbrella.
Because I'm a curvy woman, finding comfortable clothes that flatter my figure is a challenge. It wasn't until I started doing Facebook Lives that I realized that some of my comfy sweaters weren't doing me any favors. But figuring out what looks good isn't easy when the fashion industry barely acknowledges that most women aren't a size 0 or 2.
Clothing is Armor
I have an hourglass figure. At the moment, I wear a 38D bra (thank you ThirdLove), I have a 32-inch waist, and 36-inch hips. I'm also 5'3″. My short stature means that if I don't get the cut of my clothes right, I feel shlumpy and uncomfortable in my skin. I need to be comfortable because my clothes are armor.
We've all had that experience when we walk into a room and realize that we missed the mark when we chose our outfit. Even worse is when someone tags you in a picture on Facebook KNOWING that you look like shit.
I hate shopping. Trying on clothes at the mall is never a fun experience. The mirrors are unforgiving, the lighting is all wrong, and no one should have to look at their flaws in public, even if it's behind a closed door.
By the time I leave the mall, even if I've found some promising things, I'm exhausted, defeated, I swear off food, and promise to start training for that marathon. Which one? There's gotta be a marathon in six months or so.
Finding Cloths for a Curvy Figure
Over the years, I've learned that the following items work best for my curvy figure:
Dark Wash Skinny Jeans or Boot Cut Jeans – both flatter my longer legs (for a short person) and they draw the eye down, making me look longer instead of rounder. Skinny Jeans work best with sandals, flats, and boots. Boot cut jeans work great with loafers, ankle boots, and athletic shoes.
V-Neck Tops and Sweaters – it's hard to believe that the cut of the neck makes a difference, but it does. A V-neck (I don't go too deep) also draws the eyes down, while a crew neck seems to make my big boobs look even bigger. Boat neck and round neck tops work great too.
Some sites will tell you to work with wrap tops and they are very flattering on me too, as long as the wrap isn't too deep. Personally, I prefer to avoid anything that shows cleavage. #MyEyesAreUpHere
I love turtleneck sweaters and have found that camel neck sweaters are the most flattering.
Pencil Skirts – I prefer skirts to dresses because I like to break up the image. With a dress, I'm all one color and it's not flattering on me. Of course, I can always break it up with a belt or by wearing a color block dress. I love pencil skirts because (1) they're always flattering, (2) they can dress up and down, (3) and they draw the eye down instead of out.
Although the company seems to be receiving some bad press in some circles, LuLaRoe has color block dresses and pencil skirts in amazing colors and designs.
Fitted Tops and Jackets – but not too fitted. There's a fine line between fitted and too tight and I've crossed it many times. I've found that fitted tops and jackets flatter an hourglass figure. I prefer tops that stop past the waist or at the hip. Crop tops do not work for me (unless I'm just sticking around the house).
When it comes to jackets, it's not always easy to find a fitted one that's also functional, so I look for jackets with a belt or that can be cinched a little around the waist. Costco had raincoats that had this feature and I bought two.
Dog Mom Style on a Budget
Although I play the Lottery Game all the time, I don't have a money tree in the back yard. What I do have are five dogs and one cat and they've taught me the value of being frugal. Not cheap, frugal. I have a closet full of clothes because I know how to get great deals.
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