Instead of me writing an entire blog post about why I have not worn shorts for 25 years let me just focus on helping you WEAR THE SHORTS. I am determined to get as many women to focus on the positives instead of listening to the voice that tells you you can’t wear shorts because *insert your reason here (I am not even going to list them because it simply does not matter).
For some reason holidays do not count as I seem to get special powers when abroad. How do we begin to unpick years of hiding away? Let me tell you a few tricks I have used.
Firstly wear the shorts around the house ALL THE TIME. Make it feel normal. I swear lockdown and the mini heatwaves have normalised wearing shorts for me. I lived in an old pair of jersey shorts, an emergency purchase from Joules when the sunshine came out to play at Wells next the Sea and I thought I was going to pass out in jeans. They were the only size 18 available in the whole shop so not only were they not something I would have chosen (horizontal stripes) I also added the additional mental tag – only pair of shorts for the fat lass sweating her tits off in front of hut 202.
After weeks of living in my shorts I wondered if I could find a pair that sparked a little more joy so I boldly ordered one style of shorts from Marks and Spencer and boom. (Now sold out in Khaki but other colours available – I just got ordered the grey pair too!)
I have lived in them so when I was running late and needed to take Oscar round to the local park my instinct was to go and get changed but it was hot and something in me thought sod it INPO, wear the damn shorts. I must admit I felt a little sick walking along the road and kept pulling them down despite them not really riding up. On the short walk to the park no cars crashed at the sight of my legs. No one laughed at me. In fact no one noticed! It is like wearing shorts was easy??
Create an outfit around the shorts to stop them being the focus in your head. Short wearing is new to me so I decided to create the look I wanted to achieve. It may seem really simple but concentrating on the whole look helps to keep the negativity under control.