Redefining the “Beach Body”

My mind and my heart belong to the past, and ironically, my body shape reflects that. I have a 1950s body that may not fit the context of today, but I don’t see it as outdated.

 

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I love my curves, and the unique way they take shape to clothing. Yes, my shape may not fit every current fashion trend out there. Yes, it means I can’t wear booty shorts. But booty shorts aren’t even my style! My body actually makes me love fashion more, because it’s not an empty canvas for an artist’s work (while I do appreciate the artistry behind clothing and it’s one of the reasons I fell in love with fashion in the first place): It’s the stencil. That’s what it means to have personal style—personality is a factor, but so is physicality. Celebrate your body shape and use it to your advantage when picking out clothes you like, rather than seeing it as a burden.

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I decided to celebrate my vintage body with a vintage ensemble. I was influenced by Audrey Hepburn’s Sabrina shirtdress photo shoot. Audrey took quite sultry photos for the time, accessorizing a mere oversized white button down with golden hoop earrings and a red lip. I decided to sport a similar look to the beach—with a couple of personal tweaks. During a partially cloudy Saturday at El Matador, I wore a dress shirt similar to Audrey’s over a vintage, gingham swimsuit from Reformation.

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As a curvy girl, I appreciate how the cut accentuates the indent of my waste, complementing my wide hips. It isn’t just the cut, but the pattern that is also flattering. Black and white gingham creates contrast with my light olive skin tone and red lipstick. There was no parting with my long hair to get Audrey’s short ‘do but a middle parted, low bun did suffice!

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What do you love about your body? 

Keeping it Krischic,

Kristin Vartan

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