When I had my baby, I remember that my stomach was still a bit flabby and naturally I wondered if this was the beginning of the end. I mean, the baby was out and my stomach still maintained a 3-month pregnant look.
However in about a week, I was back in my normal clothes. In two weeks, my stomach was completely flat and had lost the blackness that came with pregnancy. I had a lot of time on my hands and money coming in although I wasn't working so I decided to focus on buying things to wear back to work. I was just so fed up with the dowdy maternity clothes and decided to give myself a treat. (yep, my mother was right). I even changed my glasses to berra ones.
My first day back at work was an experience. My office is a bit competitive in the ways of fashion and style. Let me walk you through a scenario of what you can expect when you get back from a Maternity leave.
First of all they sight you..Then their gaze fall to your tummy while their mouths are going through the motions.
"Hey, you are back! "
"Look at you, you look so good!" *Glance at the tummy*
Hug, hug *Surreptitiously feel the tummy for bulges and lumps*
Pull back, look at your face and sometimes, *hug hug again, in case they weren't sure what they felt the first time.*
May the Lord save you if that stomach is not as flat as a washboard, your gist will go round before you do.
I decided to save them all the trouble, I wore a tightish tank top and a jacket. Left the jacket unbuttoned. That way, no one would have to bother me with all the hug hugging.
true to type, this was what played out:
Come in for a hug and secretly glance at tummy. (I actually see shock register) and then they throw all caution and secretiveness to the wind and actually stare, followed by gasp followed by
" Ah, look at your stomach. Hey, May the Lord do this one for me o! What did you do? "
I quietly assured them that I never exercised. I see that they don't believe me.
I have digressed jare. Let's just round up with saying that I decided to dress to flatter my body. Luckily, my sense of style has woken up (finally) and now I look good 90% of the time. Not bad for the nerd that started out earlier.
In case you are wondering why I wrote about this, it's actually for my fellow nerds who want to let out their sexy, stylish self. This is my success story. And for all those out there who think that a nerd can't chicify or blokify, you berra watch out. (S)he may just overtake you in the style game.