Thursday, January 13, 2011

Being Uncomfortable

Sweater: The Limited
Skirt: Old Navy
Belt: Nordstrom Rack
Boots: DV by Dolce Vita

I felt really self conscious in this outfit today. First, the skirt, although it passes the fingertip rule, is a little too short for my liking. It looks fine here, but it totally rides up really high when I sit down and when I'm walking around it just feels really short. I must be getting old. Second, the sweater (which I got a SUPER good deal on, thanks to working at The Limited... 7 years ago) is a little too tight for my taste these days. And since I can't wear my flat black boots in the rain, I had to wear heeled boots today, which made me feel kind of hookerish (you know, tight shirt + heeled boots + short skirt). Okay, this outfit is probably FAR from hookerish (have you seen what those girls are wearing these days?!) but it just made me feel really self-conscious all day long.

So, I was on facebook today, and I'm looking to print a coupon for Old Navy (I don't pay full price for low quality items... and supposedly the additional 50% off clearance sale is starting tomorrow) and glanced down and saw that one of the commenters' profile picture is a from-the-side shot of her pregnant belly, showing skin and all. Look, I know I've been pregnant before, so nothing against pregnant ladies, but seriously, nothing grosses me out more than seeing all that skin stretched out across a big belly.

I don't mind fully-clothed profile belly shots, those are fine (and fun to see progress), it's just the ones where the lady lifts up her shirt or just wears a sports bra. GROSS. And half-naked maternity photos? I want to barf. (No offense if you've taken them, I just don't want to see them.) I don't understand how someone could post a bared belly picture for her facebook profile picture and pretty much force all her friends and random acquaintances to see the photo when it pops up unsuspectingly in their feeds. Am I just being weird?

Actually, now that I think about it, I think just seeing midriff skin just kind of freaks me out. I don't like seeing people's bikini or shirtless (for guys) pictures, it just makes me feel uncomfortable. Airbrushed photos of celebrities? Fine. But people that I know? Shudder. Yep, I'm getting old.

47 comments:

  1. I LOVE THIS OUTFIT!!! pink and grey are so cute together!

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  2. I think this outfit is very cute, and not even a little hookerish :) You look great! Although, I know the uncomfortable feeling of a skirt riding up when you sit down. It's frustrating.

    <3: http://walkingintheairr.blogspot.com

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  3. You don't look hookerish at all! And I completely understand about not wanting to see someone's midriff skin. My least favorite photos to see on facebook though are when they put up pictures from the actual delivery of the baby. *shudder* There are private aspects of life that should be kept private.

    Rochelle

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  4. Adorable as usual! I always love your outfits so I'm passing you the Stylish Blogger Award! You can check it out here:

    http://trimmedandtaylored.blogspot.com/2011/01/introducing.html

    xox,
    Taylor

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  5. I think this outfit is amazing, but I know what you mean. You definitely don't look hookerish... but I know what you are saying. My one pair of stilleo heeled black boots are something I shy away from wearing to work especially with skirts, becuase the combination just hits a wrong chord for me in the modesty department. And I'm sure it looks fine, (as it does on you!), but just something in my head says no.

    And I definitely know what you mean about the belly thing... It freaks me out. I think those kinds of things are great for you and your family and you scrapbook... but facebook is not the place for those kinds of photos.

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  6. Some chick I used to work with put pregnant pictures on Facebook of her with just underwear and her husbands hands to cover her breast. It was one of the most disturbing things I've ever seen.

    Added creepy points - her husband was the IT guy.

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  7. I think you look great! Love the outfit- so not hookerish!

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  8. I really like the outfit! IT is so cute! And the boots especially! (=
    ~morgan
    http://livelaughspin.blogspot.com

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  9. Oh, got, I get what you mean by naked maternity photos, haha. I do think they're cool, but yeah, sharing them on facebook is just TMI. One of my "friends" had one as her profile picture and let's just say I reported it and it's not there anymore...

    But I love this outfit! Maybe you're just not used to short skirts and a bit of heels, but I think you look great ;)

    xo

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  10. Hookerish... NEVER. I love the outfit!Pulling it off nicely.

    Happy Friday,
    Carla
    http://wwwsimplybubblelicious.blogspot.com/

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  11. You are way cute and plenty modest!

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  12. YOu look adorable, and tights always make up for short skirts, in my opinion. I also wanted to tell you that you inspired me to make a clothing budget for me and my husband! We'll see how it goes. I'm going to document it on my blog, so maybe I'll be more accountable that way. :) We'll see.

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  13. I think you look great and the way everything is put together still looks very modest and not indecent at all.

    I'm not a huge fan of those pregnancy photos either, but I can understand why some of those women do it. I heard that pregnancy can be difficult all the changes a woman's body goes through so they don't feel sexy. Taking those photos kind of brings back that feeling and makes them feel like a woman and proud of the body they do have during pregnancy. Perhaps it should be kept more private, but I'm sure if they post it, they do want everyone to see it too. =P

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  15. Oh Kimmie, your description and distaste of midriff/bellies made me laugh out loud. I can kind of relate, so yes, we're definitely getting old.

    This outfit is really cute, not hooker-ish at all. Everything's covered as far as I can see :) Maybe try a looser cardi or jacket on top if you're feeling self-conscious next time?

    (Sorry, typo in the deleted post!)

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  16. If you're uncomfortable with your sweater, cut it and turn it into a cardigan or chuck it.
    Thanks for sharing the Old Navy tip! I might just head on over today :) WoohoO!

    Just Better Together is having a giveaway!

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  17. i love your outfit! the skirt looks great, although i know what you mean about uncomfortably short skirts. i've had to deal with my fair share of short skirts/dresses and i can never really enjoy the outfit fully because i'm too busy thinking, "oh no are my undies visible?" haha

    i am also with you on the bandwagon for not paying full price for lower quality items. i love the sales rack at Old Navy and i can usually find a lot of things in my size for at least 25% off the original price. yay for sales!

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  18. @Emily- gross gross gross! Those pictures are the worst. Fine if you just keep it to yourself, but don't be posting that stuff on facebook! :(

    @Sands- that's hilarious that you flagged it. haha!

    @Cydney- AWESOME! good luck on your budget! Maybe I'll put up a post about how I stick to mine...

    @Stylepint- yeah, I totally agree. Maybe that's why I don't like seeing bared belly pregnancy pictures? I hated my body during pregnancy.. maybe this irrational phobia stems from jealousy that I could never be like those women who loved their bodies during pregnancy.

    @Justine- I totally thought of turning it into a cardigan! But this is my only 100% cashmere sweater, and I was a little freaked about messing up... that, and it's a boat neck, which would look kind of funny as a cardigan. Oh well.

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  19. Ha! You don't sound old at all...in fact, you seem completely normal to me :) I didn't post a single pregnancy picture of myself on Facebook, bare belly or not, I just sent personal emails to select friends. Not that I have anything against people who do it, it's just not for me.

    Very cute outfit today! And I think you should definitely post about sticking to your budget. I could use some inspiration :)

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  20. Not old! Just smart! I do not need to see any of that from anyone else, thanks much. :)

    You are not at all hooker just adorable! I understand being uncomfortable though-I wore leggings to work yesterday and wore my coat until like 4..eek. So not used to showing off all my crazy curves that much!

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  21. I like the pink and gray together. A lot. I don't think you look hooker-y at all but I kind of get your logic.

    I loved my pregnant belly but no no no to letting anyone but the hubs see it bared. And what is with those sports bra maternity pics?

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  22. You look beautiful. Tights and high boots make shorter skirts look wonderful. Pink and gray go wonderful together. :)

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  23. You look awesome! I love that belt and skirt.

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  24. You look beautiful. Tights and high boots make shorter skirts look wonderful. Pink and gray go wonderful together. :)

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  25. I really like the outfit! IT is so cute! And the boots especially! (=
    ~morgan
    http://livelaughspin.blogspot.com

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  26. I like the pink and gray together. A lot. I don't think you look hooker-y at all but I kind of get your logic.

    I loved my pregnant belly but no no no to letting anyone but the hubs see it bared. And what is with those sports bra maternity pics?

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  27. I think this outfit is very cute, and not even a little hookerish :) You look great! Although, I know the uncomfortable feeling of a skirt riding up when you sit down. It's frustrating.

    <3: http://walkingintheairr.blogspot.com

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