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Beauty Is Not Defined By A Number

Stacie Eckler

Posted on July 22 2018

Have you ever checked those height and weight charts to see where you fall? I just did and found that I am very close to being obese. Does that bother me? Not really. Why? I know that those charts are crap. I know what I look like when I am within the range that I’m supposed to be in. I have gotten down to the that weight and it was hard to keep my weight in that range.  I also had several people tell me I was too thin, that I was looking sick. (Imagine that, I’m either overweight or look sick, lol.) I put myself on a strict diet to get to that weight as well and eventually got tired of telling myself I couldn’t eat this or that. So, once again, I put all that weight that I had lost back on. Should I lose a few pounds? Sure, but I’m not totally unhappy with what I look like and my husband loves me just the way I am.  So, I’m also not really motivated to exercise and I love to eat, so there’s that too.

When I started on this post, I also was curious what the average size is for women, so I looked that up too. Do y’all know what the average women’s clothing size is? I thought it was a 12, maybe a 14, but I was wrong. When I googled to check, I found that it is now actually a size 16. If a size 16 is the average, why do we still see so many boutiques that only have models who are a smaller size? I’ve often thought that I should get someone besides me to model our clothing so that they would make the clothes look better, but I have decided to not go that route. I want women to come to Inspired Designs, both in store and online, because we are “real” and relatable. If I don’t try everything on myself, I can’t tell you if something fits true to size or if it runs small or large.

I want to help spread the message that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. We are not defined by our “number.” The number on the scale and the number on your clothing does not tell your story or anything about who you really are. If you are healthy and a size 20, love yourself. If you are healthy and a size 0, love yourself. I am a size 10 and am okay with that. I want every woman to be okay with her number. I want all of you to start trying on clothes that you wouldn’t normally try because you don’t think you can wear it. You might be surprised! Try on lots of clothes and learn what makes you feel good about yourself. Stop wearing clothes that are too big because you want to hide your curves. I don’t have all the answers when it comes to fashion, but I am honest to everyone who comes in the store and tries things on and asks for my opinion. I don’t care about making the sale; I care about how women feel in our clothing and how they feel about themselves.

If you took the time to read this through, please do something for me. You are probably seeing this blog because we posted the link in our VIP group or someone shared our Facebook post (please share! We would love to reach more women than what is currently in our group). If you haven’t already, ask to join our group because they are the first to know everything! Then, in the comments on our Facebook post, I want you to type, “Beauty is not defined by a number.” Then, if you aren’t already loving yourself, start. If you need suggestions on how to do that, message me. I’ve been there and I will try to help anyone that needs to be able to love themselves. I’m going to choose one person who does comment on our Facebook post to win a $50 store credit, so she can purchase something for herself that makes her feel beautiful! I will choose the winner Monday night, the 23rd. I’m not going to give a specific time, because I’m going to be honest…unless I set an alarm on my phone, I will forget!

We are all perfectly imperfect!