on being body positive and wearing spanx

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shirt: Old Navy // skirt: c/o ModCloth // espadrilles: Soludos c/o Shopbop // purse: Forever 21

As you might expect, this is a post I've waffled on writing for some time now. Deciding to call myself a body positive blogger put me in an interesting position because the buzzword can mean something a little different to everyone. Am I body positive if I don't always love what I see in the mirror? Am I body positive if I dress to accentuate my favorite parts rather than my less-than-favorites? Am I body positive if I sometimes slip into shapewear before I put on the rest of my clothes?

After gradually gaining weight for the last few years (read about my eating disorder recovery here), this is the first summer I've had to deal with the dreaded chub rub in a real way. It's no secret that I have an affinity for skirts and dresses, and I started this season feeling helpless to the summer heat rubbing between my thighs. A new-to-me style dilemma, but one that many women have faced since the beginning of time. I set out to find a solution. I started researching shorts to wear beneath my favorite dresses and skirts. Something that wouldn't ride up, something that would provide coverage for my soft thighs and maybe for my soft tummy too. I read reviews of Jockey Skimmies, Bandelettes, and more. I ended up at Nordstrom and walked right up to the Spanx and I found my solution: Thinstincts Mid Thigh Shorts. This post isn't sponsored by Spanx, so I'm not going to spend too much time selling them to you, but they make me feel like my thighs are made of air and I legitimately forget I'm wearing them. Plus, they have "targeted" tummy "control" that smooths what I sometimes wish looked smoother. Can I be body positive and wear targeted smoothing technology? 

Immediately, I started wearing every skirt I own every day of the week. I got excited to get dressed again. I put together some of my favorite outfits of all time, and I loved how they looked on me, not just in theory. Am I body positive because I didn't let my body keep me from wearing what I wanted?

Of all the weights and pants sizes I've gone through in the past few years, I can confidently say that I'm happiest in my current body. Sure, it's the most I've weighed and the highest number on a tag I've worn, but I don't spend the time I used to picking apart my body for what it wasn't. I've happily accepted the body I'm in. Now I get to focus on the fun of dressing it.

Wearing Spanx doesn't make me not a size 10. I think that's an important point here. I'm not wearing them to look a different size, or to take up less space. I'm wearing them to feel more comfortable -- physically, because chub rub is real y'all! -- and to take the focus actually off of my body. Not having to feel the burning of my thighs rubbing during my lunch break walks means I have more capacity to feel all the other things I experience: twirling in my pretty skirt, enjoying the trees and sunshine, having uninterrupted conversations with my friends.

I'm body positive, I wear Spanx, and I'm a happier me since deciding on both.

What are your thoughts on shapewear and body positivity?

To reiterate: this post is not sponsored by Spanx and all opinions are, always, my own!

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