A Sunny Day and the Pictures I Nearly Didn’t Post

Monday, April 10, 2017

Well, how about that weather, huh?

I hate to be so terribly British (no I don’t, not really) but I can’t start writing this blog post without mentioning that it was TWENTY TWO FRICKING DEGREES yesterday.

If I didn’t mention it then this outfit might seem a little out of place in early April. A time of year that in the past has seen actual snow. That’s one of the beautiful things about living in the UK. There is no appropriate dressing for the time of year because you never know from one day to the next whether it will be 25 degrees or minus 4 and snowing.

Then I’m going to confess that I nearly decided not to post these photos at all.

It’s not because there was a breeze behind me that’s making my hair stick up like Mr Majeika, or because I’ve caught the sun on my chest.

Ever since these Hotter shoes arrived I’ve really wanted to style them with this mini prom dress on a hot sunny day. Then one conveniently arrived and I put it on and even matched my lipstick to my shoes.

It’s a perfect sunny day outfit, the shoes are so comfortable they’re like slippers, which is what you want on a hot day (and they’re called Gem shoes, it was destined to be.). The dress is mini prom dress style, with little metallic threads running through it and sheer organza stripes that make it see through in a kind of subtle way.

The reason I nearly didn’t post them is because I don’t look in the pictures like I looked in my head.

I’ve always been curvy, but over the last couple of years I have worked REALLY hard at the gym. I wasn’t trying to lose weight (though I actually did, then I regained some, most of it deliberately!). I’m not competing in a bikini competition, I play a sport and I train hard for it. When I see photos and video of myself in my gym kit or Roller Derby kit I see a woman who’s athletic and strong.

When I see photos of myself in a nice dress I see chunky.

In my head I think I somehow thought that when I put this outfit on I would somehow be transformed into a cute Pinterest girl with willowy limbs. Obviously I wasn’t, I was still me, with my muscular calves and wide shoulders (plus the obvious genetic disadvantage of having legs that technically belong to someone about 4″ shorter).

So I nearly didn’t post them.

I wondered whether I should try the shoes with a different outfit for photos. One with a longer skirt, maybe, or sleeves.

But then I got a grip and told myself not to be an idiot.

I like this outfit, even if I don’t look like a cute Pinterest girl in it.

So here I am, in my mini prom dress and cute and comfy shoes that share my name. In an outfit that’s a little bit nautical and perfect for a lovely sunny Sunday afternoon drinking cocktails. Chunky limbs and all.

 

♥ Dress – Can’t remember ♥ Belt – Vintage ♥ Necklace – Eclectic Eccentricity* ♥
♥ Sunglasses – Derek Cardigan ♥ Gem Shoes c/o Hotter ♥

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11 Responses
  • Porcelina
    April 10, 2017

    You look gorgeous Gemma. I’m glad you posted these x

  • Ewa Macherowska
    April 10, 2017

    Beautiful dress 😉

  • Lucy
    April 10, 2017

    Glad you posted the photos, you daft lady, you look amazing!

    • Gemma
      April 10, 2017

      Ha ha! Thanks :D, I think!

  • Ursula in Cádiz
    April 10, 2017

    You’re kidding me? You look absolutely FAB-U-LOUS. You look toned: you look FIT, FIT, FIT!!! We’ve all seen the changes you have wrought over the last year or two, with damn hard work. We are all GREEN with envy and most of us feel unworthy that we haven’t managed to get our act together to do the same. Do NOT, I say, DO NOT, dare put yourself down. In our eyes you are a heroine to look up to!

  • Jessica
    April 11, 2017

    First off, you look beautiful, this outfit is adorable, and I’m really glad that you posted these photos. There’s nothing like a beautiful spring day, especially if you live in a place with unpredictable weather.
    Secondly, I feel like I could have written this post. I have very similar issues with my body, and I constantly have to remind myself that I’m fine as I am. It’s really refreshing to hear someone else give voice to those feelings, so thank you!

  • Mim McDonald (@crinolinerobot)
    April 11, 2017

    You’re not chunky, you’re gorgeous.

    I reckon a superb 40s-style jacket would really make the most of those lovely athletic shoulders.

  • Joanne Moore
    April 11, 2017

    You look beautiful Gemma.

  • Clare
    April 11, 2017

    You’re you! Nobody else can be you so please don’t get dragged in to believing that you have to be 9 feet tall with a face contoured into unreality. It’s very important that we all, but especially young impressionable girls, see images of “normal” women. And for me, as a sports coach, that girls can see images of strong women who can look and feel good, in dresses or sports kit. So thank you!

  • Jess
    April 12, 2017

    That’s a pretty spring-summer dress. Love the striped print and the way it’s complimented with a skinny white belt. I also like the way you teamed it with red flats.

    xo, Jess | https://styledebates.com

  • Lady Locust
    April 27, 2017

    You look great! And I love those shoes.