Pencil Skirt Power

18th May 2015

IMG_9199If you got it flaunt it, right? Well no, not so much…IMG_9119

You usually can’t go wrong with leather pumps (here are some favs) and the perfect pencil skirt…. But who are we kidding, south of my waist, there’s a booty bump that I spend most of my time hiding from the rest of the world. Don’t get me wrong, I totally know that some girls are all about that bass and there’s nothing wrong with that, but tight dresses that showed my curves were never really my thing – I always concentrated on showcasing other assets, like my kind-of-creepilly-small waist, hence the over use of the crop top & midi skirt combo. Anyways, whilst (pause, who uses that word any way? what year is this? 1892? sure why not) … whilst chatting with my boyfriend/photographer, Paris about it he kind of called me out – in the nicest way possible and suggested that by always “hiding” my curvy bits I was kind of giving girls the wrong idea…IMG_9205IMG_9160

So this totally blew my mind because I never thought I was doing such a thing. I totally realize that having a blog is not something I do just for fun, and parties and free clothes and whatever. Yes, that’s part of the package deal but it wasn’t when I started out; back when only my Mom and Grandma read my blog (lol thanks guys) and I took really bad self timer photos (LOLs the struggle). Anyways, I started Color Me Courtney so I could start sharing my side of style with everyone else and above all inspiring others to dress outside the lines and have as much fun as fashion as I do… but I didn’t realize that because my idea of fun fashion was mostly full skirts and print on print, and that I could be giving people the wrong idea about body image.IMG_9190IMG_9259

Last week I sounded off about negative comments made about my body type, and I was totally blown away by your love and support – seriously, bullies are lame and you guys rock so hard. But that can’t be the end of it, I can’t stand up and say “hi haters” only to return to my full-skirt, booty-concelling ways… so I won’t (well I will, duh, but not all the time :) ) I’m not only learning new ways to embrace what my momma gave me (thanks mom) but also (hopefully) encouraging you to do the same. So Hey, hows this for ground breaking, that thing you hate most about yourself- you’re short legs, your crooked nose, your big butt, what if they are only the things you hate most about yourself because you let them… I have a few, I mean we all do, but don’t give them that power! If I can embrace mine maybe you can too, and hey, maybe it can become you’re new signature thing… I mean it worked for Barbra freaking Streisand, so what’s stopping the rest of us?IMG_9191IMG_9233 - Version 2

I showed the world my budunka-dunk without revealing too much with this pencil-skirt look from a body loving brand. Instead of toning it down with a dark color, I made it the life of the party in bright yellow. I balanced this out my showcasing my smallest point with a tied top at the waist! I honestly think if you look crazy confident (even if you aren’t quite there yet) that’s half the battle! Dressing the part, will bring all eyes on you in a positive way and draw them away from any no-so-favorite parts of your body! Honestly, flaws don’t have to hurt you. Take control of them, make them your own, make a statement, and make them work 😉 


: 5th And Mercer – so crazy comfortable & stretchy, I love + more colors 
: Forever 21 – similar/darker/bigger stripes at J.crew
CLUTCH: Clare Viver Leopard Folderover Clutch // similar
Bracelet: Gold Link Bracelet c/o Accessory Jane
SHOES: Zara Blue Court Pumps – Oldies but love these

IMG_9128Honestly give it a whirl, and please share so I can try and be half as supportive and inspiring as you have all been to me. Once again, you guys rock!!!

31 thoughts on “Pencil Skirt Power

  1. Elizabeth

    Your shoes are to die for
    You always style your outfits to perfection
    and from someone who doesn’t wear a lot of colour – you make me want to rock a bright yellow skirt
    Garland Girl

  2. Alyssa

    I love your style! The way you mix colors and patterns is fantastic, and your positive body image is amazing! Nothing wrong with accentuating what you have! Keep on doing what you’re doing, it’s amazing!

    Glitter and Grey

  3. Jasmine

    You are SUCH a beauty! If I had a bum like yours I would flaunt it too! I am so in love with this outfit! It’s so cheery and put together at the same time :) Leopard and stripes together have never looked SO good!

    be the plebeian

  4. kileen

    this outfit is absolutely gorgeous on you and i love the bright yellow skirt with the stripes! and hurrah for embracing that booty girl! i’ve also learned to embrace my short legs in the same way. :)

    cute & little

  5. Ann-Louise

    Just came across you blog and I’m SO glad I did! I love your blog and your style! Your blog makes me so happy and it’s so fun and interesting to read your posts and look at all your beautiful and bright outfits! Thanks for sharing and giving so much inspiration! Keep up the good work! <3

  6. Kerrie M Burke

    Hey gorgeous!

    I just wanted to let you know that I read this as soon as I saw your comment on insta. I actually hadn’t seen it before that (I started helping a friend out with her boutique here in Boston and it’s taking up a TON of precious blog reading time!) and I swear the timing of the whole thing (my comment/your revelations) made me giggle for about five minutes straight. I guess I really proved the point didn’t I?

    Honestly, I think you ALWAYS look fabulous but you can definitely see more of your figure here and just how teeny yet beautifully curvy you are – and in ALL the right places too. You have that hourglass shape we’re all lusting after! Rock anything that tickles your fancy and do it with pride girl – you look amazing in everything!


  7. Carolina

    You look FABULOUS!! I love that this outfit is classic, but you made it fun with a bright colored skirt!


  8. Reagan

    I think you look amazing, your outfits always seem to compliment your shape. This outfit is stunning! I love everything about it! =) And you are right about when you look crazy confident you have won half of the battle! lol


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