I was feeling pretty sassy on Saturday wearing a new top in my “pop color,” a colorful scarf as a belt, my key necklace and cute shoes.
Until the bagger at my local grocery store (a teenage girl, maybe 16) asked The Question:
“Are you having a baby?”
I felt like I melted into a puddle right there in the check-out lane. I felt my face flush and my blood pressure rise.
Partly because we’d recently tried to have a baby with no luck. Partly because I realized that I LOOKED pregnant (no one wants that unless they are) and partly because I knew she’d be embarrassed to find out that I’m not.
“Nope. I am sure not.”
The cashier asked, “WHAT did she say??”
I replied, “She said I was fat.”
I admit, that comment was meant to teach the bagger a lesson. Did I interpret her question that way? No. But many women would. Unless a woman is VERY CLEARLY pregnant, it’s better to not comment.
The bagger was aghast.
I smiled and told her, “I’m giving you a hard time. It’s an honest question. We were trying but, no, I’m not pregnant.”
I could tell she felt terrible.
“Why did you think so?” I asked.
I often wonder if I sometimes still let my hand linger over my belly like I did for those 18+ months I’ve been pregnant. Or if it was just the lower belly pooch left over from carrying two eight-plus pound babies to 40 weeks gestation combined with poor posture resulting from too much time hunched over a laptop.
“Do I LOOK pregnant?” I asked.
She shrugged sheepishly. “Only from the side.”
According to Shari Braendel’s book “Good Girls Don’t Have To Dress Bad,” I have an ‘x’ body type–proportionate over all (as far as hips to shoulders).
But I tend to also be a ‘b’, meaning I gain weight in my belly and hips. Shari cautions ‘b’ types from tucking their shirts in or wearing belts around the waist. Why? Because you get this:
Notice what happens when I untuck my shirt and put the belt OVER the top.
Note to self: Don’t accentuate the belly area–camouflage it!
Do you dress for your body type? What can you not wear?
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