Body Confidence & My Current Style

I mentioned back in my September 1st post (here) about my newly found confidence within myself. It’s time to explain. Since March 2013 I have lost over 2 and a half stone in weight and I’m pretty damn proud of that fact. According to the NHS BMI scale I was “obese” for my height, or “too short for my weight” as I liked to put it… I knew something had to be done. I wasn’t happy with my body, I was covering it up with frumpy tent-like dresses and it really affected my general confidence within myself. Not good.

I lost the weight gradually and slowly by just making little cut backs here and there and getting a bit more active. Here I am a year or so later, 2.5 stone lighter and feeling so much happier with my appearance, which has in turn made me more confident on the whole. I’m still not the slimmest girl in the world, never have been and never will be – I like my curves! But I’m almost at the point I want it to be, all I want to do now is concentrate on a couple of key areas and make sure I never fall back to where I was last March. I now feel ready to fall back in love with fashion, beauty and most importantly, myself (in a non-big headed “look at me” kind of way of course!).

Right, now that I’ve explained all of that, it’s time for the fun part…

Lately I’ve found myself being drawn towards funky printed dresses, there’s something about their edgy style that just hooks me in every time. When I was bigger I often opted for floral print after floral print (which is lovely when it’s done in the right way – don’t get me wrong!) but it just wasn’t me anymore. I looked at my wardrobe one day, saw masses and masses of frumpy floral printed items (that were now too big for me!) and was like “urgh, what am I? 95 already?” …it was time to shake things up!

So here I am in one of my latest go-to outfits…

Funky Print H&M Dress Outfit

Black Statement Necklace From Next

New Look Burgundy Chunky Heels

Cut out detailing on H&M dress

I’ve always been a fan of the grungy rock chick look and I feel this outfit has an essence of that style. The print of this H&M dress is really fun and has a slight Aztec feel to it too. I love the cut-out side panel detailing as it shows a nice amount of skin without being too “hey look at me!”

These New Look boots were definitely made for walking, and that’s exactly what I have done in them lately. I have worn these boots so many times as they are just so comfortable, they’re perfect for stomping around the shops. The colour is lovely, a nice break away from the usual black styles – perfect for Autumn! I’m loving all the chunky heeled boots that are out at the moment, I’ll definitely have to invest in some more.

My star studded bag was from a Red Herring sale a few weeks ago – another item I’ve been using a lot. It’s the perfect size to fit all your essentials in, without being too big. It adds a bit of edgy-ness to any outfit, it might even help me add an edge to a few floral outfits…you never know!

Dress: H&M

Cardigan: George

Leggings: Select

Bag: Red Herring

Shoes: New Look

Necklace: Next

Perfume: DKNY MYNY

Makeup: Just my trusty Rimmel Hide the Blemish concealer

If this post has made you want to treat yourself to a quirky printed dress too, here’s a few I’ve stumbled across that I’m loving…

ASOS – Monki Multi Colour Printed Dress

New Look Brush Stroke Shift Dress

H! By Henry Holland Raspberry Badger Print Tunic Dress

Dorothy Perkins Heart Print Boxpleat Dress

I’d also recommend popping along to your nearest H&M, they’ve been great for affordable fun printed dresses in recent months. Definitely worth a visit!

Amanda x

P.S. A big thank you to my friend Hollie for taking the photos!

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