The holidays find most human beings at their best and worst simultaneously. On one hand, we are excited to be exchanging gifts with loved ones, happy to be donating to charities and delighted to be cutting loose with friends and colleagues. On the other, we are anxious about money, worried about family dynamics and concerned about looking our absolute best. That last one can go both ways entirely on its own: We may want to look our best because looking amazing helps us feel amazing. We may also want to look our best to rub an ex's nose in it or to show up a competitive cousin. Whatever our reasons, many of us go to great lengths to look breathtaking for December's festivities. And those lengths often include wiggling into some shape wear.
In my opinion, looking good is essentially useless if you don't feel good, too. If you go through the motions of getting gussied, but you feel uncomfortable or anxious or fraudulent, you'll never look as smashing as you would if you felt comfortable, confident and like a gloriously gussied version of yourself. And the fact is that shape wear can help make an otherwise panic-inducing dress feel natural. Gorgeous, even.
But it can also make you feel hot, compressed, deeply uncomfortable and like using the bathroom just isn't worth the hassle. It can keep you from overindulging at a festive gathering, but it can also keep you from relaxing and enjoying yourself. Shape wear can be an implement of fashion-centric torture.
So here are some alternatives:
And, of course, there's the "don't worry about it" philosophy, which is my personal favorite. At most holiday gatherings, folks are going to be so distracted that they're unlikely to hone in on your jiggly bits. Grab a drink, have a few laughs and remember that most people are far too busy thinking about how they look to worry about how you look.
Bottom line? If you've got a killer outfit that won't feel fabulous if you wear it sans Spanx, by all means pull on that shape wear. But if compression makes you feel miserable and distracted, consider some dressing alternatives. And the possibility that a little bit of holiday jiggle isn't the worst thing in the world.
Eggnog is. Seriously, that stuff is nasty.
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