I remember sifting through the beautician's photo books and oo-ing and ah-ing over certain hairstyles that I wanted to have. Those nice, long ringlet curls. Like this.
In 9th grade I had this:
At 19, I had this:
I had very nice, super thick, straight dark blonde/light brown hair, but I wanted lighter blonde curly hair - something I couldn't have.
I should add, eventually I did get those ringlet curls and I LOVE it. I would probably hate them if I was born with them. Or so says every woman I've ever met with naturally curly hair since childhood.
Skip forward to adulthood and the clothing I love and I'm attracted to are vintage styles and willowy styles. So, in the 90s that was April Cornell dresses and in today's fashions it's Anthropologie. Guess what? Their fashions look horrible on me.
Here's a dress on Anthropologie that I think is adorable: http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/clothes-dresses/26871517.jsp
Here's another: http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/shopdress-viewall/27272749.jsp
Hmmm... I think that is the same model. Let me find a different model too wearing a casual outfit I find adorable. Here: http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/shopnew-clothes/27206820.jsp
Do you notice something not quite right with what I like and what I'm shaped like? I'm average height, very large boned, and very bosomy. On top of that, even at my thinnest at 165 I just barely fit into the top sizes in the store as they don't vanity size nearly as much as most stores do. This store really does cater to the tall, thin, willowy type figures. Something I'm so completely NOT.
I should be looking at these sort of clothes and models. And well, my spring dresses almost ALLLLL look like this one in cut: Jersey dress
Why is it that I love the willowy look? These models here? All for Anthropologie. I love it!
Yes, I know they are models, but why do I like THAT look? Something impossible to ever look like? I should be looking at these models and aspiring to be more like them. Though, again, they are athletes, small breasted and mostly smaller boned, but the models from Athleta are at least athletic looking:
And here's a bit about Athleta models and here about specific models.
Am I the only one who wants what they can't have?