Remember the scene in "Mean Girls" when Regina laments her inability to wear halters because of her "man shoulders"? Clothes play a huge role in how we feel about our bodies, from highlighting what we hate to hiding what we might actually come to love.
Cosmo: What is the best way to fall in love with your body?
LC: I'm so jealous of people who completely love their bodies. I think most women have trouble areas as well as areas that they like. So you play up your favorite parts and learn to dress around the others. I used to hate my legs, but now I always wear minis. It was an accident. In an effort to look taller, I started wearing really high heels with shorter skirts and ended up showing off my legs a lot.
Playing up your assets is a gospel we hear preached a lot, often from magazines that instruct us on dressing apple-shaped bodies versus ruler-shaped bodies versus pear-shaped bodies.
But perhaps it's about more than just dressing in what you know to be figure-flattering; like Conrad, we can likely change what we think about our bodies by experimenting, shopping outside the box and pushing the limits of our own clothing comfort zones.
As Stacy London once said, "Seeing is believing. Clothes allow you to see yourself in a different light. They can transform you instantly and have a very real, visceral impact. Clothes become symbolic of who we are."
Who knows -- by changing your clothes, you might end up loving the very part of your body you hated.
Read more from Lauren Conrad at Cosmopolitan.com.
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