I bought an outfit this season at Chico’s that I just love! My daughter Erin happened to be at the house that day so when I came home from shopping I decided to take a turn at “fashion show.” Fashion show is when daughters try on their new purchases in front of their mother and ask for her feedback. Even though my girls are grown, they’ll still bring clothes to my house to do fashion show. I decided to take a turn at fashion show and ask them for feedback!
When I tried this outfit on at home in the sunroom and showed it to Erin she said, “Oh! Looks great!”
It’s a jersey fabric, slinky, a relaxed pant and a matching 3/4 sleeved cold shoulder blouson top.
It feels so darn good on. I feel all womanly in it. Additionally I was congratulating myself on finding a cold shoulder top that I could wear that didn’t feel so trendy. It wasn’t exaggerated or too showy. I still felt like me. A slinky, sort of sexy me.
Patting myself on my own cold shoulder
I was pretty inflated with my own genius about finding an outfit that worked so well on my figure and wasn’t like anything else I had in my closet.
And then Erin broke my reverie. She said, “What’s that above your waist?”
“What?” I said looking down.
“It looks like there’s something under the top,” she insisted.
We examined it further and guess what it was! My skin texture for goodness sake, on top of a layer of fat that the jersey was clinging to.
Clingy fashion culprits
You know how some fabrics just love to cling to cellulite or uneven skin textures?
This was one of those! Everything that had been inflated was now deflated except of course for my upper belly fat which hadn’t gone anywhere.
“But I love this!” I said. I was actually whining.
“Well, why don’t you just wear a shaper under it?” Erin said.
Surrendering to shapers
I had one in my closet. I went and put it on. It didn’t work. It had lace detail and the lace made the fabric bumpy.
Shopping for shapers wasn’t something I felt like doing or had time to do. I wanted to wear this outfit the next day! (Imagine hearing stamping of feet in the sunroom.)
Finally the opportunity arrived. I was at Macy’s on a Saturday all by myself and had time to investigate options.
I pulled about five shapers off the racks and brought them to the sales associate.
“Do you have experience with any of these?” I said.
She wanted to know what my primary area was that I wanted shaped.
“It’s here,” I said and patted my upper belly, the belly that’s north of my waistline versus the one that’s south of my waistline.
She steered me to one that was cut deep in front so I could wear it over my own smooth bra (no lace issues). And it was slinky so outer fabrics would slide right over it.
This Maidenform shaper was just what I needed. Sold!
I wore my outfit to work the next week. As Erin and I were walking to our client’s front door I said, “Notice anything?”
“What?” she said.
“Here,” I said and pointed to the region that had been puckery. “See anything?”
“No,” she said.
“Exactly! I got a shaper,” I said.
“Good for you Mom!” Yes, good for me. Now I had the look I wanted and felt exquisite and confident all day. It’s amazing how clothes can make you feel!
A scarf option to add interest
I brought a scarf with me to add a little drama to my column of navy blue if I felt like it. It didn’t interfere with the cold shoulder. I liked how lean it was, just like my outfit. I felt long and lean.
I rarely wear shapers but wow, I have a new respect for them. I’m proud to have a couple of them in my wardrobe!
Do you have shapers you favor? Gosh, I’d love to get your tips!