I love shopping, and as much as my bank account doesn't, that wont stop me from regularly going from shop to shop trying on the latest fashion.
Many other women may find that in one shop you could be a size 10 for example - and in another a size 14.
For years I refused to buy anything above a size 16, regardless of the fact that my weight fluctuated at one stage and I was probably a more comfortable size 18.
I just did not want to accept that this was my size. I remember squeezing into a pair of jeans that were so tight I had to safety-pin the zip that I broke whilst putting them on.
I also got into the bad habit of 'buying without trying' because I was stubborn and refused to budge on the dress size I wanted to be.
It wasn't until the first time that I went to a clothes fitting for a modelling job that I realised the irrelevance of 'numbers'.
Here I tried clothes and liked them based on the fit, rather than what the label told me.
No lumps and bumps where I'd squeezed into a smaller size. No unsightly pulls or 'muffin-top'. The stylist helped me see that when you are comfortable and confident it really doesn't matter what size you are, or want to be.
Even if your goal is to drop a dress size, make the most of who you are now and really flatter the body you're in.
Picture © Verve-Rockabilly Photography
Next time: Does 'plus size' modelling promote obesity?
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