Sunday, February 10, 2013

Style Sunday: Striped Shirt ...and the Skinny Truth Tangent

I bought this boat-neck navy shirt with three-quarter-length sleeves and thin white stripes all over from H&M on my day off last Monday...

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Shirt Available In Multiple Colors at H&M

I love it because it reminds me of the classic French striped sailor's shirt or the Breton top. [Read a little history and delight in pictures here.] This shall be my Parisian Shirt, a visible reminder to stay motivated to make my trip to Paris on the occasion of my 30th birthday possible. (I turn 30 during April 2014.) Unfortunately, I still do not know exactly how I can make the funding happen.

I also want it to be a visible reminder to lose weight. I realize that's a lot of work for a single shirt! Studying pictures including how the eye travels throughout a work of art as an art history major, I know that horizontal stripes read across and therefore make the wearer look wider. I've always avoided them as an adult as a result. However, I wanted to try something new (with both its horizontal stripes and high neckline) and it looked awesome in the dressing room, so I took a risk and purchased it! I wouldn't mind it at all if I had a slimmer silhouette.

One of my new year's resolutions was to lose 12 pounds, one pound a month. Losing a single pound this January, I suppose I am on track... Since college graduation in December 2006, I seem to stay within a certain range, fluctuating between the weight I was at high school graduation and my weight at college graduation, a fifteen pound difference. I simply don't like the way I look and don't feel like me at the top end, where I am now. I feel confident at the lower end! Luckily, all this is a single size, so I don't have multiple sizes in my closet! As I'm sure it is for many women, I'd prefer to be skinny. I want to feel and look fabulous in this one, short life. Not average and ordinary. Not only do I dream of being thin, I truly want to be healthy. I do love to eat (and drink!) and will have to make sacrifices there. In addition to developing a healthy relationship with food, I also desire to incorporate exercise as a part of my life. I didn't think that some inspiration would come from my dad, who, up until fairly recently, was a big guy. He has lost 70 pounds on the Metafast diet and working out including at a gym with a personal trainer. I am enormously proud of him. If he can lose seventy and counting when he's nearly 60, surely I can lose seventeen (and not too much after that) and maintain it nearing age 30! Only wanting to mention my goals and motivation here, I'm sure I will elaborate on my plan of attack at a later point.

Back to the subject of style, I could wear this striped shirt with cropped (white?) pants or jeans, ballet flats and diamond studs. Maybe more? And lots of skinny bangles? Or perhaps with a coral necklace for alittle contrast? Or my terra cotta scarf and khaki trench for a rainy April day.

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  1. Cute shirt, I may have to hunt for it myself @ H&M. ;-) I like the necklace (color, especially) you paired it with! Good luck with the weight, I know exactly what you mean! But you can do pound a month isn't really too much sacrifice, at least, in food so it won't be terrible. For me I turned to low (not zero) carb because with protein I was able to eat more quantity and feel full faster while actually eating less calories. I was also able to indulge in my wine. ;-) That doesn't work for everyone, I know, but for me carbs are a major 'trigger' and if I have bread, I want more food somehow....or if I have one slice of pizza I wants like 4, lol.

    1. Thank you! They have many different colors, and I must have tried on three of them and left others.

      I'm wearing it for the first time today. I just paired it with blue jeans, silver ballet flats, and cubic zirconia stud earrings. I wore my terra cotta-colored scarf and khaki trench over it to go out on this day of drizzle.

      It's not a big weight loss but it's a big difference for me. Portion control is the major thing for me. Ever the italiagal, I love a croissant, bread and pasta and need to keep carbs in check. Good luck with your diet. I'd like to make it a point to exercise regularly as well.