The last couple of weeks have kept me running! I’ve been busier than I’d like, and am really looking forward to Hitting Pause for a few days. We have family in from out of town, so have some fun get-togethers planned. Posting will be light for the next few days.
I’ve been wearing these sneakers almost daily; they’re comfortable for running errands, and you know I love what a little leopard print does for a simple outfit! Yes, they’re funky, but I get LOADS of compliments on these, from men as well as women. They run true-to-size, have substantial arch support, and are weatherproof. They’re marked way down at the moment, and are still available in several sizes.
You may have surmised from my bare ankles that the weather’s been mild; it has, at least during the daytime. 😉 If it’s colder where you are, I’ve included some boot options below. (Many of these are listed as “weatherproof” as well.)
Let Me Say This About That…
I haven’t had a chance to respond to all of the wonderful comments on Thursday’s post, but thank you all very much! One person shared that they thought the lighter colors I’m wearing make me look larger, and therefore were unflattering. While it’s true that darker colors tend to recede and look smaller (or in the case of clothing, make the wearer look smaller), I’m learning to question the notion that “looking smaller” has more value than other properties. Frankly, I love what that cream color does for my skin tone. If that means not looking as small as I might, so be it.
I was taught and absorbed the message that my body was “too large.” So for most of my life, my primary goal was for my clothing to make me look thinner. Beyond the limiting effect on one’s style, I’d ask that we take a step back and ask why “thinner” often has such a stranglehold on what we consider optimal when it comes to appearance. (Please table the “health” discussions…that’s not what I’m talking about here.) Why do we so often feel that we have to shrink, to make ourselves smaller, to take up less space in the world? Yes, I do think there’s a deeper meaning beyond just aesthetic preferences. A culture’s aesthetic preferences don’t happen in a vacuum.
We all can certainly wear whatever we want and whatever makes us feel confident and our best. But I think it’s worth remembering that looking thinner isn’t the only measure of what makes an outfit flattering. That isn’t going to be everyone’s priority, so let’s not assume that it is.
Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones! 🕎🎄