Amazing What a Simple Belt Will Do…

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about being in a fashion rut.  After that post, I was given a couple websites to check out, and spent a not-inconsiderable amount of time checking out links and formulating the vision in my head of how I want to dress.  I decided if I had to update my wardrobe with clothing that met my standards of modesty, as well as make me look put together, and in my early thirties, I should probably create a game plan and be strategic about the pieces I buy.

So, my first stop was to buy a fashion belt.  I decided the $12.99 at the Post Exchange (PX) was infinitely cheaper than several pairs of clothes, and if I could figure it out, would make it work with jeans and skirts.  Thankfully, it was enough of a success, I now have 3 different belts in my closet.

Last week’s outfit for Church is on the left – my absolute favorite outfit because of the blue colors.  I didn’t get around to posting about that outfit until today.  This week’s outfit on the right.  Both outfits sport the same black belt.  Maxi skirts were both Target finds about three years ago; camisoles were $7.99 at the PX, blue sweater was $24.99 at the PX, and the black sweater was a find on Amazon almost two years ago.

Just over a week ago, I was invited to an online LuLa Roe party.  Since I didn’t like the print options, I decided not to settle on the skirt brand I wanted.  I splurged on leggings, a dress, and a longer tunic.  The goods were delivered this past Thursday.

My husband thankfully encouraged me to belt the gray dress, so as to add a little fashion flair!  A second belt I bought today goes with the cream tunic and leggings, to give a little shape and definition.  More on my “LuLa Experience” will be written later…

Since purchasing the black belt, and experimenting with the skirts and non-maternity tops I have to work with, I am finding I am back to wearing more skirts than pants.  I am beginning to feel put together – which is making me more eager to experiment with fashions.

Today’s epiphany:

Regardless of the clothes I wear, or how I feel about myself, my children see me as beautiful!  I am at the point in my life where I want to feel the way they view me.  So, I have made the concerted effort this past week to dress the part – to dress in a way that makes me feel beautiful, which is making me more confident.

And, ultimately, that confidence will allow my children to see a mother who loves herself, which will hopefully teach them it is okay to love their own selves.

I’m linking up with A Blog for My Mom as part of her “My Sunday Best” series.  You’ll notice I linked to her other information regarding “Mom Fashion” in another link above.  I’m enjoying finding inspiration from Rosie, and some of the other fabulous writers who link up with her weekly for the Sunday Best series.  Check them out, especially if you find yourself in a fashion rut!  Sometimes, all it takes is a simple belt to help.  Provided my husband and son don’t get tired of taking a picture of me, I may contribute to this series a little more regularly!

11 thoughts on “Amazing What a Simple Belt Will Do…

  1. Wow! Those leggings are adorable. I’ve not jumped onto the LLR train, but I appreciate that they actually carry plus sizes. I’ll look forward to more details on how your goods wash up/feel/fit and so on. 🙂

    I stumbled across this book at a used book sale, and I love it! “My Mother Is the Most Beautiful Woman in the World.” I’m going to spoil it for you if you haven’t seen it.

    A little girl gets lost and has to describe her mother to the people who find her. She describes her mother as “the most beautiful woman in the world.” So they parade a bunch of beautiful women in front of her, but she doesn’t belong to any of them.

    Finally, the girl’s mother rushes in, and the adults are astonished. Her mother is U-G-L-Y. Snaggle tooth. Stocky. Warty.

    Exactly what you’ve said above. It’s the love. <3

    Like every woman in America, I have beauty baggage. But I want to be super careful to NOT pass my issues along to my girls. I want them to see themselves as I do. Hopefully I can see myself as they do someday as well. 🙂

    Thank you for sharing!!!

    1. I also appreciate LLR having plus sizes!

      I almost cried when you explained that story – because it is SO true!! In our children’s eyes, we are beautiful, and honestly – that’s all that matters – what we look like in our children’s eyes, and God’s eyes!

  2. I enjoyed reading your post. I love LLR! Their pieces are so comfortable and their stuff are so cute! Your new belt and leggings are so cute! Great additions! I have felt convicted recently to only wear skirts and dresses now. It is a new change in my lifestyle to help promote modesty and femininity. I am going to be writing a blog post about my journey soon, too. 🙂 God bless!

    1. I look forward to reading a future post of yours! I go through periods where I only wear skirts, and then I switch back to pants. Will you wear leggings under your skirt or dress? For me, my biggest obstacle to skirts all the time is the amount of time I bend over and scoop up kiddos – the skirt has to be a certain length so I am comfortable I haven’t flashed anyone! 😂

      Thank you for your comment!

  3. I love the way you belted your sweater. I too have found that adding a belt can make a HUGE different in how put together i look and feel.

  4. I love the idea of belting and I always think it looks good on everyone, including you! I’ve just never done it, yet. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you so much! It took me a while to try the belting technique – partly because I can never find fashion belts to fit me. I’ll admit it feels a little awkward to belt without belt loops, but it is cute enough, I’ll deal with the awkwardness!

  5. Yay!! Belts made a big difference for me when I started using them a while back – I got out of the habit sometime after I had Peter because I had issues with my abdominal muscles separating and it just got so uncomfortable… I’m hoping to heal that after this baby’s born, and I think that’ll make a big difference 🙂 You look great and HAPPY, which is so important!

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