Does This Make Me Look Fat?

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Does this outfit make me look fat?

I’m beginning to think these wide-leg trousers don’t do me any favours… It’s not the style, really; it’s the colour. Something a bit darker would probably hide my big thighs a bit better.

I got these simple, loose,  wide-leg trousers for summer. You know, to have something comfortable to slip on when it’s hot. And I thought I could start wearing them already now, especially with something equally relaxed and easy-going, for a spring ‘grunge‘ look. Or something to that effect.

And then I saw the photos… And there was a shriek of horror (inside my head). What the hell has happened to my thighs??!!!

I’m so going on a diet, and start going to the gym regularly (= more than once a week). Starting next week. I meant to go yesterday, but I had a headache. So, I had two chocolate bars instead (I was stressed, OK?).

Yes, of course I’ve heard of body positivity. And I do remember that my thighs have always been the widest part of my body (yes, even 20 years and 20 kilos ago), and no amount of dieting and exercise is going to change that. It doesn’t mean I want to make them the focal point of my look, though…

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OK, let’s be smart about this. I know I will always have big thighs. That’s just the shape I am. But it wouldn’t hurt to lose some weight. For health reasons. After all, both my father and my grandfather died of a heart attack, and high cholesterol and cardio-vascular diseases run in the family. And although my paternal grandmother lived well into her 90’s, she had vascular dementia for the last 10 years of her life.

Then again, my mother was a total health freak who only ever ate healthy, organic food. She died of ovarian cancer in her mid-50’s.

In other words, whatever I do, something’s going to kill me, sooner or later. And I already have a relatively healthy diet (give or take a few chocolate bars every now and then). But I guess I could start going to the gym more often. After all, I pay for the membership; maybe I should get my money’s worth…

In the meantime, I need trousers in a darker colour…

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Outfit details:
jacket: Beaumont (old) / top: KappAhl (old) / trousers: PBO /
scarf: Shanghai Tang (old) / bag: Coach (old) / shoes: Ecco (old) / sunglasses: Prada (old)

Do you have clothes that make you look fat?


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  1. Flora
    4 April 2019 / 5:03 pm

    I have big thighs too hard it’s buy trousers without trying them on first. You look youthful and healthy in this outfit. You are right to think about your health but remember it’s a fat tummy that is the danger zone and you have a well defined waist. My husband told me that :). Now that he is retired he has time to read about important things like that instead of just politics, I think he may even sometimes look at kittens on the Internet.

    • Tiina
      8 April 2019 / 6:45 pm

      Oh dear, buying trousers is the worst… It’s practically impossible to find anything that fits, and I always leave the store convinced that a) fashion designers are conspiring against women with high hips and things or b) my body is completely deformed (depending on how angry or depressed the whole endeavour makes me).
      And thank you for reminding me that it’s the distribution of fat that matters more!

  2. Deborah
    4 April 2019 / 9:41 pm

    What woman CAN’T relate to this????? Two universal truths that you hit upon here….we ALL have our “trouble” spots and, a picture is worth a thousand words!!!!! Within the last few years I have taken advantage of the handiness of my smartphone and now snap a pic of myself in certain outfits……what a revelation!!!!!!! The mind can play tricks on us but, oh boy, that picture does not!!!! Love your post, as always!!!!

    • Tiina
      8 April 2019 / 6:48 pm

      Oh yes, trouble spots, as so so affectionately called them, they make me desperate at times (i.e. whenever I’m trying something on in a fitting room…).
      But, pictures lie, too. The camera adds at least 5 kilos (that’s what I tell myself, anyway, and I’m sticking with that story…)

  3. 6 April 2019 / 6:55 am

    You look great. And you don’t look fat! But I see where you are coming from. Whenever I wear wide I wonder too.

    • Tiina
      8 April 2019 / 6:49 pm

      Thanks, Nicole. I actually like wide-legged trousers, but I usually get them in darker colours (and now I remember why).

  4. Arlene
    6 April 2019 / 4:29 pm

    I think you look great. It gets really old after awhile thinking about “oh I shouldn’t wear this” or “this makes me look fat”. I’m fed up with it. Wear what you like. Arlene from NJ

    • Tiina
      8 April 2019 / 6:50 pm

      Thanks, Arlene, that’s good advice. We should always wear whatever we like and feel comfortable in. But just to be on the safe side, I will get my wide-leg trousers in darker tones…

      • Arlene
        9 April 2019 / 4:16 pm

        I also like darker toned trousers. Show us pics when you find some you like. Arlene from NJ

        • Tiina
          10 April 2019 / 2:37 pm

          Will do.

  5. Chris
    9 April 2019 / 2:40 am

    I totally get this. I have big thighs, too, and can’t pull off wide leg pants very easily. Oddly enough, though, I look pretty good in jumpsuits and I love them and am glad that they are in style again. Bet they would look good on you, too!

    • Tiina
      9 April 2019 / 11:50 am

      That only goes to show that you never know what works (or not) until you try it…
      I love jumpsuits on other people, but I find them a bit impractical for myself. Let’s just say I have a very (and I mean very) active metabolism, and I need clothes that are a little bit easier to get on and off…

    • Flora
      9 April 2019 / 6:22 pm

      @ Chris yes. I had loads of jumpsuits or boiler suits in the ‘70’s in fact my daughter tells me her old school friends ask if I still have my old ones now they are fashionable again. They are not so practical when going to the loo but they streamline the body shape. Do they fit in with ‘Elegance Revisited’ though?

      • Tiina
        10 April 2019 / 2:41 pm

        I have pictures of my mother wearing a fuchsia jumpsuit (in the late 70’s), she looked amazing. I might like jumpsuits, style-wise but I find them a bit impractical (yes, the loo issue…). But you never know…

  6. 9 April 2019 / 2:07 pm

    Well, you’ve given me some insight as to why I feel better in my darker skirts and trousers. Thanks for this post.

    • Tiina
      10 April 2019 / 2:39 pm

      Yes, I always envy women who look good in white jeans; I know for a fact that that’s one look I will never try…

  7. 10 April 2019 / 3:30 pm

    I think all we are into this paradoxical situation, as some parts of our bodies make us feel less than happy, but we’re also trying to be ‘body positive’. I’m also becoming more conscious on taking care of my body and do more exercise, despite I hate all the gym and sweating thing.
    Anyway, I like this outfit, love the colour combo, the comfortable and elegant vibe, the accessories!. Actually, I don’t think these trousers were unflattering, they look comfy and have nice proportions. Probably it’s because I’m a huge fan of wide leg trousers! (I always avoid pleats and those ‘paper bag’ shapes which are trendy nowadays!).

    • Tiina
      11 April 2019 / 11:54 am

      Oh yes, the gym… I don’t particularly like it, and I’m very good at coming up with excuses not to go. And it’s a five-minute walk away! But I also realise that getting fit is only going to be more important the older I get, so as long as I do some exercise sometimes, it’s OK. That’s what I tell myself, anyway: every little bit helps, however infrequent.
      And the paper bag trousers… whoever came up with that monstrosity? I mean, it might look OK on willowy models, but the rest of us end up looking as if we were caught in a, well, paper bag up our armpits…

  8. 18 April 2019 / 3:59 pm

    I don’t think you look fat at all! It’s interesting if we were to mention our ‘flaws’ to others most of the time they wouldn’t have thought of those things as a flaw before!

    Thank you so much for joining the #weekdayWearLinkUp 🙂

    Hope that your week is going well and you have a great Easter weekend 🙂

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