Hey y’all! I hope you’re having a wonderful week! I woke up this morning with places to go and people to see, more laundry dirty than clean, and exactly 3.2 pounds heavier than I was yesterday. One of my biggest struggles lately has been how to dress with the weight fluctuations that healing from Lyme brings. The dressing style that I’m used to has fitted waistbands and shirts, but in this season those just don’t work for my body or comfort level. Occasionally I’ll have a non-bloated, healthy day and go back to that look, but in the meantime I’m trying to just be thankful I’m feeling well enough to get dressed. 🙂

Jeans with a TON of stretch are my best friends right now. I bought these on the app Mercari for $16 and wear them pretty much every “off” day I have to go outside. They’re American Eagle brand, Jegging style. This flowing blue shirt I got at a thrift store for $1. It’s Ann Taylor brand.

I found this gorgeous shirt extender tank on ThredUP and it just came in the mail yesterday. It’s the perfect length to turn normal shirts into tunics! I’ll have to keep experimenting with how to layer it in such a way that doesn’t look too bohemian, but for today it fit the bill.

My formula for “fat” days is either a full-blown athletic look with exercise pants, florescent tennis shoes, and pony tail, or this look of jeggings with a long shirt and my favorite Dr. Scholl’s boots. 🙂 I hope y’all have a great day! I’m off to do that laundry…

24 thoughts on “The Outfit For When Nothing Fits”

  1. Good to hear from you again.
    It is interesting to me that you are regularly wearing stretchy jeans. I still have not taken the plunge to buy a pair of jeans as I am not sure about the image. I was skirts only until a few years ago when I started to wear modest style trousers/pants and I try to cover my rear when in public with a long top or tunic. I have resisted tight jeans so far but may well try a pair with a tunic.

  2. What a cute outfit! Do you happen to know what brand the shirt extender is? That is really pretty and very much my style! I’d love to know where to look for one like it, since you got it on ThredUp. 🙂

    I’ve also been experiencing similar weight fluctuations with health issues, despite a squeaky-clean diet and exercise. It can be hard when it feels like none of your clothes are fitting well all of a sudden! I hope your health continues to improve! It’s certainly a journey. 🙂

  3. I looked at both websites but couldn’t see this nice lace piece … got a shock with some of the images there, as well as not modest they have negative slogans and models with rude gestures!
    But I did a Pinterest search for “extender slips” and got lots of how-to-make looks from tops to skirts with lace. Some were simple and some were flouncy, I guess you experiment with what you like. The challenge for me would be sewing non-stretch lace onto a stretch tee … hmmm, think I’ll give it a try because it’s a very nice look in your pic 🙂

  4. Beautiful Olivia, you certainly do not have “fat” days! You’re beautiful and you always look so put together, regardless of how you might feel on the inside. God’s love is so strong towards you, and He shines through you regardless of your circumstances! <3

    Praying for full healing over your body!!

  5. Olivia! So nice to see some more posts from you, your authenticity and your refreshing ideas always bring a smile to my day! When I was recovering from chronic illness my metabolism was shot and I became well acquainted with bloat. Our bodies sure take time to heal from the inside out, and I love that you honour your body’s timing and are finding “what works” for you in the interim! You’re rocking recovery!
    Sending hugs on your journey,
    Katrina <3

    1. It’s so important on the Lyme journey to figure out ways to embrace your body and its limitations instead of trying to rail against it! I found for myself the bloating went down enough on Paleo that I didn’t have to do the AIP that my doctor recommended for the bloating and overall reducing of Lyme flare ups. I’m excited to see the post and hear more from you!

  6. Just found your blog on Pinterest can’t wait for to post again! You’ve been real inspiration for me and my daughter. Thank you and god bless!

  7. Olivia, I just wanted to comment and encourage you. I found your blog early this year, and just recently I finished reading all of your archive posts. I cannot tell you how blessed I have been by reading your thoughts and seeing the many practical and beautiful ways you inspire women to dress modestly and intentionally. Thank you so much for this! I love your website!

  8. Yay! Thank you Olivia! I have a hard time figuring out how to wear pants modestly sometimes. I’m taller than all my sisters, and I have longer legs then they to, so what works for them doesn’t always work for me! I like wearing tunics, but sometimes it can be hard to not look like I’m just wearing pants under a dress(which I probably am 😀 ). That shirt extender looks like a brilliant idea! I’ll have to find one of those!!! ~Lydia B.

  9. AWE I LOVE this! Expanding my options fro ONLY wearing below the knee mostly ankle length skirts, to now wearing pants and dresses modestly! It feels so good to have more options now than before. Thank you so very much for all of your wonderful creative modesty ideas with pants, skirts and dresses. I would love to see more with the jeans because I am slowly opening up to them again after 7 years of skirts only. Thank you so much!

  10. Thank you so much for the post! I, too, seem to struggle with fluctuations in weight, though that extra pound may be from the ginger snaps I baked yesterday, ha! I know the feeling. You’re beautiful no matter what and I’m so grateful for this post; it’s inspired me to think up an outfit and have it stashed away in my closet for the times I feel like screaming, “EVERYTHING LOOKS TERRIBLE ON ME WHAT DO I WEAR??”.
    Thanks again and God bless <333

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