Like many people in the U.S. and other countries around the world, I am working from home until further notice thanks to COVID-19. Many of you know that I also balance a career as a magazine editor and being a blogger, and while I do work from home sometimes, I definitely have never experienced anything like this. I am really holding myself responsible to do my part in flattening the curve of this virus by social distancing and not leaving my apartment.
I don’t think I have ever spent this much time cooped up in my apartment, and it has been really hard on my self-esteem. I feel incredibly thankful to be able to work remotely and live my life as normally as possible at this time, but I have noticed some emotional and spiritual turmoil brewing. This is probably due to the fact that I am alone with my thoughts all day, I am spending more time on social media—which means I am comparing myself to others more often, and I’m rarely ever getting dressed. I rely on clothing to build confidence. However, because I am not really supposed to leave my apartment, I am typically sporting sweats and baggy t-shirts around all day.
But I realized that I didn’t need an event to attend or office to report to in order to dress up and boost my confidence. So I slid on this Plus Size Belted Leopard Kimono, which Forever 21 kindly sent me to review! I love the small and subtle leopard print, and I adore the orange print against the creme-colored fabric. It’s subtle, but it also makes a statement and can liven up any look I pair it with. I have worn this kimono with a pair of jeans and a crop top as well as a beige dress and it’s a stunner in both looks. For this outfit, since I was just lounging around the house, I wore it over my favorite boy shorts and a crop top. Throwing this plus size kimono on totally changed my mood—I even did my hair and put on some makeup.
I thought it would be a waste of energy to get all dolled up just to stay in the house, but it drastically improved my confidence and made me feel refreshed. If you’re stuck in a rut, put on an outfit you’re crazy about—even if it’s to create some fun TikTok dances or just to check yourself out every time you walk past the mirror.
SIZING INFO: I am wearing a size 2X in the Plus Size Belted Leopard Kimono, which is my usual size, and it fits me perfectly! It’s very roomy in the arms, which is usually an area that’s tight on me. If you like a much roomier or oversized fit, you can totally size up, but I think this garment runs true to size.
Forever 21 sent me this kimono to review. All opinions are 110% my own!