Pump Up the Volume

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There’s a scene in Mike Leigh’s Abigail’s Party where Bev sits Angela down and says to her ‘Now, what I want you to do when you’re putting your make-up on is take a minute, look in the mirror and say to yourself “I have beautiful lips. I. Have. Beautiful. Lips” Can you do that for me?’.

Recently my internal conversations whilst shopping have been following a similar pattern. This new volume-on-top, skinny-on-the-bottom silhouette is taking some self-persuading. Particularly when it comes to T-shirts. It’s just so contrary to everything I’ve believed for such a long time. I got used to skinny jeans a while back, but baggy tops? Surely they’re going to make me look fat?

Well, seemingly they don’t. It seems that you don’t have to go cropped and short and tight to show off those meagre muscles. I’m actually quite liking what I see, which has got me re-assessing what makes clothing flattering. I thought flattering was an absolute – either you look fat in something or you don’t – but maybe it shifts with fashion. Maybe its as variable as colours or hemlines.

Anyway, that’s something for you to think about. In the meantime, what’s working for me as far as a T-shirt goes is: longer length than I’m used to; a nice wide neck; light fabrics which will fall in pleasing pleats and folds. Much like this little jem from Acne Jeans available from their on-line store.

If you’re still not convinced what I want you to do is just take a minute, look in the mirror and say to yourself “I. Do. Not. Look. Fat. In. This.” Can you do that for me?

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