Monday, December 15, 2008

Why it's important to know your body type

Let me get one thing straight. I am not someone obsessed with my appearance, nor am I a Watching-My-Figure type or a No-No-I-Couldn't-Possibly-Have-A-Slice-Of-Cake type.



But. Apparently there IS some truth about knowing what kinds of clothes are flattering on your body. A really LOVELY picture of me ran in one of those local magazines, and now some people who haven't seen me in a while think I'm...

pregnant.

Can't imagine why. That puppy's going off to Goodwill, and I think I'll catch a few episodes of What Not to Wear.

And, sorry. I really couldn't think of anything better to blog about today.

28 comments:

Janna Qualman said...

Oh, you poor thing. While it's a lovely color, and your arms and legs are certainly slender, I can, um, see your concern. ;)

Hugs.

Janna Qualman said...

Oh! And I should pipe in that I had a similar experience recently. I think it's all in the fabric. I was wearing a "trendy" top, empire waist, and a woman at church (who's not very tactful, ever) cornered me. Out of the blue, she whispers with conspiracy, eyes on my stomach, "Janna, are you expecting?" Like you just do that! I made sure to wear tight jeans and a form-fitting jacket the next week.

Joanne said...

Maybe it was just the angle. But hey, that's a festive color and that watch is stylin'!

WendyCinNYC said...

Janna--Yeah, I've decided that empire waist dresses are evil. Especially BRIGHT GREEN SHINY ONES.

Joanne--Thanks. You're sweet.

Rachel Burton said...

Unfortunate camera angles can do wonders (bad wonders, that is)! But like Janna said, you're arms and legs look smokin'

Angie Ledbetter said...

Hey, you, how's about a spew warning?? And that one bad pic WOULD be in a publication, huh? Reminds me of the time I ran to the store for...well, "lady things," with overalls on and a towel wrapped around my wet head. Yep, that's when someone rear-ended me. Ug! :)

CJ Harley said...

At least you have a sense of humor about the photo of you in said local magazine.

I had better read up on knowing my body type too. Ya never know when someone will snap a picture and throw it into a publication.

WendyCinNYC said...

Crap!

I just heard that it was picked up by Palm Beach Scene Magazine. Oh wonderful.

At least I don't know anyone in Palm Beach.

DebraLSchubert said...

Wendy - What is this magazine you're in? Is it a local social column? NEED MORE DETAILS...!!! Before the "baby bump watch" days, no one would probably have noticed. God, I miss those days!

WendyCinNYC said...

Debra--It's in Avenue Magazine. It's also on newyorksocialdiary.com.

Good god, now you are going to think I'm one of those people who go out to benefits every night. I SWEAR to you I'm NOT. Only for this one non-profit.

colbymarshall said...

Heehee...heehee...I think we all have one of these, though. I had this top I once wore out and had a lady ask me when I was due. Sometime people can be so rude!

DebraLSchubert said...

Wendy: I promise not to hold your glamorous lifestyle against you. Good for you for doing charity work. There's certainly not enough folks doing that in the world (including me...).

WendyCinNYC said...

Yes, I'm so very glamorous sitting here blogging wearing fuzzy socks that make my feet look like they belong to a muppet.

ac said...

This is the precise reason I don't wear dresses. Okay, that's a fib. It's because I'm a tomboy. But the pic could be the reason so I'm going with that.

Polenth said...

The only time I've looked pregnant was when I was bearing a bum bag under my jumper. As I was about 12 at the time, that's an unfortunate picture.

WendyCinNYC said...

That almost sounds like a haiku, Polenth.

Bum bag and jumper
Smiling for the camera
Unfortunate photo

WendyCinNYC said...

AC--I have a green one to give to you if you should ever change your mind.

thedomesticfringe said...

BUT, your legs look nice and thin!

Melanie Avila said...

Wendy, you poor thing! You seem to be ok with it but it's so ironic that everyone has seen it. I like Janna's way of dealing with it - form fitting clothes the next time!

spyscribbler said...

ROFL! What can you do? It is a very pretty dress, but it does billow out there, doesn't it? I've never been able to wear an empire waist.

Kristina said...

I bet it was just that weird angle and the way the light played on the dress and that for the whole rest of the night, in living color, you didn't look preggers at all.

That said, like you, I'd never be able to wear that dress again.

I've had a very short career in amateur theatre and in the last show I was in, the costume designer turned a weird looking dress into a halter-top short set, but because the dress had been hugely bell-shaped the fabric puffed out weirdly over my VERY lower abdomen. I was literally the laughingstock of the cast when my character was SUPPOSED to be a ladykiller. The costume designer refused to budge and get me a different outfit so I staged a mutiny. That's very unlike me, I'm not at all diva-like, but I'm telling you, there were HOOTS of laughter over that thing.

I'm glad I won in the end (the eventual costume was very cute) but the costume guy now hates me forever. Small price to pay.

Kristina said...

Er, Freudian slip much? My character wasn't supposed to be a ladykiller. She was supposed to be a man-stealing trollop. That was the insult hurled at her in the scene, in fact. Trollop.

WendyCinNYC said...

Kristina--I think I would have staged a mutiny as well.
I love the word "trollop." Also "harlot."

And thanks, Spy, Melanie, fringe, and anyone else who said supportive things.

How funny that THIS is the post that gets the highest number of responses!

Jen said...

It's unfortunate we find out about these things when it's just a tad too late. Chin up!

sunna said...

I had what I thought was the best junior-year pic for the high school yearbook: sassy pose, little bit of a glare on my face, perfect hair...

Yep. Fly at half-mast, and not in a remotely subtle way. The underwear was neon pink. I don't think I ever wore those jeans again.

Isn't it just fabulous how these moments we wouldn't ever want even our SOs to witness somehow *always* get immortalized?

Your legs are great, though: take comfort in that. :)

WendyCinNYC said...

Ha! Well, at least it wasn't as bad as that poor woman -- was it Al Gore's daughter? -- who's dress became see-through under the flash of cameras. Eeek!

Melanie Avila said...

Wendy, you have so many comments because we've all had some kind of embarrassing wardrobe malfunction. :)

Travis Erwin said...

Is it wrong that I laughed out loud at that picture and your commentary?