I am Oyama Botha a Miss Curvy from South Africa, who is passionate about empowering women first and men to love themselves radically, whether big or small .Furthermore, advocating that societal opinions about yourself shouldn't hinder on your progress in life towards achieving the BEST YOU.
I am often known for breaking society's "rules" on what should be perceived as the normative yardstick of how a beautiful woman should be like.
#RadicalSelfLove is thee hash tag.
This is a
platform I use to write about #RadicalSelfLove and the amazing things you reach
when you are able to radically love yourself. This is also where I empower
women, first and then men to love themselves radically, whether big or small. Furthermore,
advocating that societal opinions about yourself should never hinder your
progress in life, towards achieving the BEST YOU. I am often known for breaking
society's "rules" on what should be perceived as the normative
yardstick of how a beautiful woman should be like.
As a fully figured woman, I am aware of the struggle of
finding the perfectly fitting pieces of clothing. As a result, the fashionista
in me is always looking for amazing items to wear, then sharing outfit details
with the world, so that we can all SLAY together!
Top 6 tips for dressing for your body
I have received acknowledgements regarding my dress sense
and how I am able to incorporate the latest trends and make them to fit my
personality, style and body. What I have found very alarming is that people normally
look at an item of clothing from someone and immediately, ask where it is
purchased, without considering how it would fit their body type.
Therefore, these are the top size
tips you should always consider when dressing yourself:
type awareness is a THING:
Knowing what your
body type is allows you to easily look up for clothing items that will best
suit your body type. My body, for example is an hour glass figure, which
implies my top and bottom are proportionately heavy. Therefore, when I look for
clothing items, I know I will not look for items that will not be flattering to
an hour glass body type. For example, tulle/tutu skirts, for me, are usually
very unflattering, while they always look great on pear shaped body types, who
are heavy either on top or on the bottom parts of their bodies.
Comfortable clothing is BOMB!
There is nothing
more painful than watching someone being very uncomfortable in the clothes that
they are wearing. The right fit and cut is always essential, not only will comfortable
clothing stop people from starring and feeling sorry for you, but it will make
a huge difference in your self-confidence because when something fits right,
you automatically feel good and it will definitely show.
Jumpsuit: Ruff Tung
Shoes: The Fix
3.Recreating and challenging trends is
This point should
have probably been number one, simply because the act of following trends is
always easily done, however, most of the times people are not mindful that
trends not only come and go, but not every trend is aimed at every body type.
This means some body types would need to recreate and challenge trends to suit
their body types. For example, being the fully figured woman that I am, with an
hour glass body type; wearing bold stripes as a trend is totally acceptable,
but in order to ensure the stripes look flattering on my body, I normally go
for vertical stripes, as they blend in nicely with my body type. Whereas, a
pear shaped body type, that is heavy only on the bottom can simply get away
with wearing horizontal stripes tops, as this will stretch out the top area to
give the body an equally proportionate look. Not only will this be flattering because
you would have recreated a trend that accentuates the best parts of your
specific body type but you would have also made sure that it will never go out
matters, A LOT:
Wearing the right
undergarments can do so much for your self-confidence, comfortability and
change the entire look to an outfit. For example, wearing an embroidered bra on
a tight cotton t-shirt, is not a great idea, as the bra can show through the
t-shirt, in a not so flattering way. Always find tricks to work with your
undergarments. For example, I have found some tricks on turning a normal bra to
be able to be wearable with my strapless clothing items, without the bra
showing. Lastly, always be mindful of how a simple thing like the colour of the
bra you wear can make a drastic change to your outfit.
be afraid to mix and match, PLEASE:
Get into shops
that you would not normally purchase from, whether it be shops that have cheap
items, second hand clothing or shops that you think would not normally have
your size. You would be surprised at the versatile items you will find and be
able to mix and match to complete your outfits.
Confidence, Confidence, Confidence…like I MEAN!
is my driving force for every outfit I wear. I have found that there would be
days where I would wear the exact same outfit thinking it would look exactly
like the previous time I have worn it and for some odd reason, I would not like
how it sits and I have found that in most cases, it was because I wasn’t
feeling so confident wearing it the second time around. When you’re confident when
putting your clothes on, you automatically feel good and your outfit will
totally vibe with you!
Dress: Khosi Nkosi
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