How to dress after weight gain?
December 27, 2012 7:09 PM Subscribe
How do I dress for work and fun when weight gain has made me unfamiliar with my body?
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Due to a lovely cocktail of a break-up, long-term depression, job hunting, medication Russian roulette, and moving from a pedestrian city (NYC) to a driving city, I have gained rather a lot of weight in the past 18 months -- as in, I went from a size 6 to a size 14. And I am not at all externally conscious with how different my size is; my mental image of myself is still of a relatively skinny chick.
I am taking every step to lose the weight after hitting rock bottom. I also just got a job that is back in my career field and I need to be 100% on the ball when it comes to how I dress, since I will occasionally find myself on-camera. (I'm a reporter.)
I am pear-shaped -- my hips have 3" on my bosom. My calves are too large for the kinds of boots I want to wear (16.5" circumference is too small). I'm also very tall for a woman -- 5'11" -- so I have the benefit that, while I am overweight, I at least look proportional.
I just don't know how to dress myself! I never have -- my uniforms when I was skinny and worked in media back in NYC were smart little sports jackets, an artistic graphic T/button-down under a sweater, skinny jeans, and knee-high boots. Occasionally I'd mix it up with a skirt, but, you know. I wore the same style every day because I was comfortable in it and it fit in with my work environment.
That is no longer the case. My office is strict business-casual; no jeans. On days when I am filming, I will need to be in a suit and I don't know what kind of suits are flattering for my body type. I also don't know how to dress myself business-casual without looking like a frump -- I'm 24, I'm too young to resign myself to frumpiness.
Please help me look like an Ace Reporter and not the assistant editor of the Oswego Pennysaver.