When someone says something nice about you, how do you react?
I feel embarrassed. My face goes a little red which I can feel, so instantly get all uncomfortable. It’s a hard one, isn’t it? Because you never know how to react, like saying thank you makes you feel like you’re all big headed and know how fab you look. Which basically means you’re a terrible person, right? *eye roll*
But trying to distract from the compliment, or say something bad about yourself in response in an effort to seem modest, you can just come across negative and self-loathing.
It’s silly really, when you spend loads of time getting ready to go out, trying to look nice but then as soon as someone says you look nice, rather than feeling like you have succeeded in your mission to look like a bit of hot stuff, you suddenly feel like you stand out like a sore thumb and don’t know how to react.
Well, I do, anyway. I love attention on the internet. Likes on my Instagram, Tweets, comments on my blog. I love it. But when it comes to real life, I crumble a bit when it comes to compliments. I think it’s because they can see my response and I just don’t know how to handle myself in those situations.
George at Asda recently held a survey to find out how people take compliments. The results are sad, but not surprising. With 21% of women downplaying a compliment and 41% of women not being satisfied with their body image, it’s a bit of a sad world we live in.
George want to change that, and they’ve recruited me to help them on their mission. I had to pick some items from their website that help me feel body confident, then share it on this here blog.
It’s no surprise that I went straight to the dress section. I picked this stunning red floral dress that can be worn on holiday as a sundress, or paired with a cardi like I have here.
I’ve stuck a belt on, which is something you’ve probably noticed I do a lot. There’s a reason behind that, that reason is I have a small waist, but large hips – so I like to wear the belt to hug my waist and show it off. Otherwise I end up looking frumpy and hide one of my best features.
I also picked out this black cardigan to cover my arms as I’m not a fan of my shoulders/arms for many reasons. One of the reasons is that I feel like I slouch a bit and that makes my arms look all, awkward and stuff. I feel my arms hold a lot of fat in relation to the rest of my body, too. It has to be one of the hardest places I lose fat from, even when I’m skinny, my arms look big compared to the rest of my body!
I also got the most comfortable shoes in the world. A slight platform to help me look longer and thinner – these are so comfy which is a must for me and my confidence. I hate the feeling of not being able to walk properly in shoes. If you have to over think how you’re walking in shoes, then it’s time to bin them!
How do you use your clothes to maximise your confidence?