Hints towards upsizing.

Denial is when your reality does not sync with what is too obvious to everyone else. Unfortunately, I’m the one on the denial end about my weight gain. Therefore, these are friendly hints to my upsizing.

Hint 1. When I got a “double take” glance as to how I looked in a size small shorts.

Hint 2. After the “double take” glance, you know they are talking about it but won’t dare say it in front of my face.

Hint 3. As I jogged in my small shorts, the material in the crotch area bunches up and slowly looks like a raggedly looking bikini.

Hint 4. I constantly have to unbunch the material from my crotch area, hoping its not too obvious.

Hint 5. Chaffing.

Finally what was obvious hit me, I quit being in denial. I rushed to the store for larger shorts.

Celebrating Christmas semi-sunbathing!?!

Christmas is often advertised and popularized in cold related weather with Santa, snowman, Christmas trees, cozying up on warm beverages and bundling up for a “winter wonderland.”

Oddly enough, I longed to be in the cold during Christmas especially now of having celebrating it in a tropical island for the past 3 years now. It just doesn’t feel “Christmas” without the cold.

Truthfully, I longed wearing my grey wool men’s jacket, which I got compliments after being mistakenly thought of as a “peacoat.” I loved wearing my cashmere scarf or beanie, not to mention a pair of heavy duty boots! I treated gloves and earmuffs as my optional accessories only, since I loved wrapping my scarf as a head wrap making sure my ears were covered.

This year, I celebrated Christmas on a tropical island. To me it was not “Christmassy enough,” actually it scewed my ideal “winter wonderland” celebration. Its like sunbathing when I already have a tanned complection. To me it doesn’t add up but I ended up sunbathing anyway.

Now when it comes to what I consider “sunbathing,” its more deceitful since it consisted of me covered up in black booty shorts, T-shirt and a baseball cap underneath the shade of a coconut tree. Thankfully, I did not bother wearing sunscreen and I was out by the beach for 5 hours. As if that helps me with my “tan.”

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I’m sure your Christmas celebrations made more sense than mine.

Styling men’s cargo shorts/pants…

Cargo shorts or pants is such a staple in men’s wear that I just started incorporating it as part of my wardrobe. Typical girl/women’s fashion would not dare get caught wearing cargos but why not? It is such a practical pair to have, first of because of its pockets! I love the way how versatile a pair of cargos can carry not only a wallet but tools as well. Granted, I do not have hobbies that require tool carrying but the fact of having readily available pockets is always a great option to have. This means if I do not have to carry a purse, that’s a bonus for me.

Second, cargo shorts come in a variety of colors and designs that should make it more appealing to wear no matter ones gender. I for one own a pair of cargo shorts with camouflage in woodland pattern. I love styling it with a pair of black booties and a simple top. For accessories, I often pair it with silver hooped earrings and finished off with a thin oversized sweater jacket that hits just above my knee. In this way the cargo shorts merely peeks out every time I walk.

 

Other times, I do wear the cargo shorts in plain site as a statement piece with a simple top on a pair of either loafers or slides. Sometimes, yours truly likes to dress up in a more rugged look but only with a hint of femininity thanks to accessories such as statement earrings, bold sunglasses with a pop of red lipstick!

Overall, cargo shorts/pants is a unique piece for girls to wear that I enjoy pushing the envelope. For instance, cargos does not have to be casual, you can help glamorize it with a pair of heels topped with a fancy looking top. Of course accessorize as necessary, and if you want to push it even further add a surprise teaser by spritzing on a men’s fragrance. Bold move, bold statement.

You’re welcome!

 

 

Definitely not basketball shorts…

I’d rather be comfortable yet fashionable because I don’t believe in going through any pain or discomfort just to be labeled as being “in fashion.” Therefore when I gained a few pounds and kept shoving myself in that small pair of shorts, my uncomfortable love handles were not having it so what’s a girl to do? Size up in the women’s section? Nope. Instead, I opted to wear men’s gym shorts!

First comes to mind are, basketball shorts which is baggy enough to fit me but at 5’3″ I might as well be wearing it like a skirt. Good thing I managed to find regular pairs of men’s gym shorts, better yet they were ON SALE!

I noticed the following differences between male and female gym shorts;

1. The pockets are large enough to carry a compact wallet, to include keys.

2. Gym short design provides a loose and comfortable fit.

3. The color scheme used tend to be heavy toned such as black and/or grey with only hints of lighter tone colors within its design.

4. For the best fit, personally try it on since the conversion between female to men sizes vary.

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My first men’s wear haul.

As a newbie into men’s wear what are clothing to consider buying at the men’s section:

1. Comfortable workout clothes. I am for yoga pants but over time it becomes restricting so I bought myself a few pairs of men’s shorts (not basketball shorts).

2. Print T-shirts. The men’s section has a great selection of quirkiest and catchiest print tees.

3. Denim jeans. You can’t go wrong with men’s jeans, especially if you’re not into the hip or curve hugging jeans. An added bonus to men’s denim jeans are their pockets!

Please take note that men’s clothing come in a variety of colors to include pastels, so don’t worry about looking like a “dude;” unless dark tones are your preferred colors to wear.

Lastly, do not be deterred by men’s sizing just try it out and you will eventually find your size.

Happy men’s wear shopping!