Recently while perusing Instagram, I came across a post from retail sensation Forever 21 announcing plans to showcase its plus size fashion line under a separate Instagram account. I could not help but delve into the hundreds of comments that had been made less than one hour of the initial announcement. My immediate thought was: “Size Segregation.”
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Reader Liz asked this question over on Facebook:
I would love it if you could share some tips for working around a post-twin-pregnancy belly. Snug tops make me look like I’m still a few months pregnant, though it’s been about 3 years and I’ve lost all but 5 or 10 of the 50 pounds I gained; I have abdominal muscle separation and a fair amount of loose skin there, but can’t afford elective surgery, so I’m trying to just work around the protruding belly. Fitting pants has been tricky, as anything that works in the waist tends to be baggy everywhere else, and skirts don’t sit evenly around my middle. With tops, I need extra length to cover a triple-D bust *and* my belly, and even then it seems to be really hit-or-miss with just about everything except peasant-style blouses.
I do not have, as you may have noticed, the most professional style. I don’t think that I’m unprofessional in my dress, but at my old job there was no real dress code and I could wear what I liked when I liked. So I wore stuff like this:
Oh, and this:
Man, those were the days.
Unfortunately, they don’t seem to be so loosey-goosey with the dress code here in Pittsburgh. I start my new job Monday, and at the interview for that job, they mentioned slacks as appropriate attire. Which made me laugh because, well, I don’t do slacks. Of course, they said skirts were fine as well, but even I don’t want to wear skirts and dresses all the time.