Beating the Winter Body Blues

It’s that time of year again, the post-holiday slump is in full swing and there’s still a solid two months of winter weather ahead. Between the snow, slush, freezing rain, and a barrage of other nasty winter weather leaving the house in style seems unachievable at times.

I have to admit though that it’s not just the winter weather that makes this time of year a fashion challenge for me. My annual tradition of over indulgence during the holidays continued this year, and I started 2013 uncomfortable in my clothes and in my skin. Instead of the fun exercise in creativity that getting dressed had always been, it became a battle that left me flustered and frustrated.

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I knew the longer I let this go on the more upset I would get, so I did what I always do when I need to pick myself up by the bootstraps – I started making lists. What about my body was frustrating me? Were there particular colors, styles, silhouettes that made me feel better about my body than others? How could I make getting ready less stressful and more enjoyable?

After going over my lists I realized that making a few small changes could have a big impact on how I felt about my body and help snap me out of my style rut.

-          Be proactive. I’ve always found it easier to see/focus on the bad rather than the good so make a conscious effort to do something good for you each day. Whether that’s heading to a yoga class, taking a walk with a friend, or getting a few extra hours of sleep, actively doing something good for yourself will make you feel better.

-          Cut yourself some slack. No one wakes up 365 days a year feeling fresh faced and beautiful, so don’t beat yourself up when you have an off day. It’s just one day, breathe and remember the next tip…

-          Bad days happen, plan for them. Like I said everyone has an off day now and then, make them a little easier by having a few “go-to” looks ready. “Go-to” looks should be simple, versatile, and require little to no effort to throw on. One of my “go-to” winter looks is skinny jeans, tucked into boots, with a button up and sweater.

-          Focus on what works. Instead of focusing on the parts of your body you want to hide, show off what you do like. For me this means showing off my shoulders and arms in off the shoulder and one shoulder tops, strapless dresses, and sleeveless blouses.

-          Challenge yourself to take a fashion risk at least once a week.  As tempting and easy as it would be to wear a version of your “go-to” look everyday it would get boring. If your style is more feminine try mixing in a few edgy accessories or menswear inspired pieces. Pushing yourself to try new things is a great way to develop and learn about your style.

I’m not saying that these five steps will change how you feel about your body overnight, but they’re a good place to start.

What positive changes, big or small, have you made this year? How do you deal with negative body issues and the winter blues?

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About Caitlin Pierce

I’m Caitlin, a redheaded bibliophile from the rocky Maine Coast. I have an embarrassing amount of shoes, love to travel, and treat my cat Gus like she’s my baby. I write Wore Out; a life and style blog chronicling my adventures in Burlington, Vermont one outfit post at a time. From vintage dresses and cowboy boots at the Burlington farmer’s market to flannel and Vermont made wool socks on Camel’s Hump, Wore Out is as much about my love affair with my adopted home state as it is about developing my style and sharing my inspirations. Follow along on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, & Pinterest. Website: woreout.wordpress.com | Twitter: @WoreOutVT | Facebook: /WoreOut/
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  1. Caitlin, these are wonderful tips! I definitely go through style slumps, like now, especially during the winter. I also have to remember that I don’t have to look the part 24/7. I feel that we style divas can be our own worst enemies.

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