AYDAH Foundation

Advancing Health and Improving Youth self development

African Youth Development and Health Foundation,

a non-profit group, organized to

Establish, Prevent and Maintain a comprehensive and efficient healthcare delivery to the youth and underserved communities

Provide opportunities and inspire the Youth through Education, Employment and Empowerment 

Dare to Wear White

What I wore:
Pants: BandolinoBlu
Top: Apt. 9
Sandals: Clarks
Bag: Foley + Corinna
Sunglasses: Simply Vera Vera Wang
Earrings: gifted from my sister
Nail polish: Zoya in Charisma

I've gone most of my life with a mental block on white pants and for one specific reason. I loved the look, but I would deny myself for the cardinal rule: white pants aren't slimming. Dark is slimming. My bottom half (and, consequently, my top half, too) requires slimming. And so, any and all non-slimming garments would be turned away at the wardrobe door. That's what I did because that's what I was told by the magazines and the magazine websites and the countless "industry professionals" on TV. This is What Not to Wear for Your Curves 101. But something blogging has taught me is that sometimes - and by "sometimes" I of course mean "always" – you just have to ignore them. Seriously, what good are fashion rules if you're going to deny yourself the looks you love? If you're happy in your style you'll shine. Wearing what you love without limiting yourself will help your style evolve into a full-on extension of your inner beauty. So break the fashion rules with confidence!

I have learned a few things about how to get the best white pants for my particular shape. My two directives when I was shopping for this particular pair:

Pay attention to the fit. Don't just swipe up the first pair you see. Brand matters, really, because some designers cater to fuller figures while others market to slimmer, perhaps younger clientele. If you're shapely, for example, don't shop the Juniors section. Every designer fits differently so take your time and find the best cut for your shape.

Don't pay attention to the size on the label. Admit it: the size of your blue jeans is questionable. You dance a bit trying to get into them. You may even consider putting them on to be an event. The essential three-word phrase for the size of your white pants: Let. It. Go. You want them to be fitted to best flatter your curves (see above: "Pay attention to the fit"), but there is such a thing as too tight and if you find yourself in that predicament for the sake of a number you just won't feel comfortable or confident.

So what do you think, gals? Have you ever been told to avoid a certain garment for your size? And better yet – have you ever ignored the rules?

- Casee Marie