For me, looking through catalogs for my favorite stores, and then checking out what the mannequins are wearing is really exciting! It's fun to see the styles and put some outfits together in your head, then go and hunt for them in the stores. But... when you find that perfect outfit that you saw on the model and try it on...and it looks TERRIBLE...it's just sad.
This has definitely happened to me, and I'm sure countless other girls. At first, it is really hard to let go of the hype of that outfit. It has even ruined shopping trips. : (
Just recently, I finally realized that one of the hardest parts of not being the size and shape of the model is accepting that you aren't going to be able to wear that outfit. From there, all you have to do is adjust your visual of that outfit.
For example, freshmen year I was in shape enough to be able to wear an adorable polka dot pencil skirt and a v neck. That next year, that was not the case, and I felt down. However, this year, I started to look for that outfit; curvy edition! I was successful and found a loose and flowy black and white patterned skirt (high waisted), which I matched with a colorful top and a stylish sweater. I have found style in belted, loose, mostly patterned dresses when I need a nice outfit. Success!
So, it took me my sophmore year to change the way I think about the catalogs and mannaquins. Now, I see an outfit, and if necessary, my mind automatically goes to how I change it to look nice and classy on me. In the end, its a great feeling, but of course, a hard lesson to learn!
Hopefully this helps with finding a good outfit!