How to feel good in your own skin this January

January 25, 2021

How to feel good in your own skin this January

Despite the evolving conversation around body acceptance and inclusivity, we’re always subjected to the same tired rhetoric at the start of each year.

From slogans that encourage a “new year, new you!”, to the annual assurances of a “better body by February”, the messaging is reliably unhealthy. Ignoring such ideals can prove difficult, especially when it feels like everyone around us is resolving to be their ‘better selves’ in the coming months.

Diet companies might have you believe otherwise, but the idea that you should be treating 2021 as a time to strive for external betterment is equal parts dated and potentially damaging. In reality, it’s just another calendar month and you’re perfect just as you are – but that doesn’t mean even the most confident among us can’t sometimes fall victim to myths that are so widely perpetuated.

Here at ELC, encouraging women to feel good about themselves and celebrate their beautiful bodies is at the heart of what we do. So, to help you navigate this often tricky time, we’ve put together a few tips that you can fall back on if any negative thoughts creep in – because ultimately, the only thing that needs improvement is society’s old-fashioned outlook on health and happiness.

1. Take stock of your social media feed 

Social media can be a powerful tool for connection and change, but it can also open us up to unhealthy practices, such as comparing ourselves to others. If you notice yourself feeling down when you’re engaging with certain accounts, unfriend or unfollow them. Life is too short to waste a moment on anything that lessens your capacity for self-love, so switch off or mute and seek out more positive sources of inspiration online.

2. Treat yourself to a little self-care 

Indulging in a little TLC can do wonders for subverting a negative mindset. Rather than worrying about the way you look, devote some time to fail-safe exercises that always make you feel incredible. For us, that means slipping on a set of sexy lingerie separates (we’ve got you covered on that front!), taking a long walk, indulging in some self-love products, or languishing in a hot bath with a good book and a face mask. Discover what works for you and do it often. 

3. Focus on positive self-talk

When you can recognise your thoughts are heading in a less-than-positive direction, try to counteract them with more uplifting ones. Speaking to ourselves in a kind, compassionate manner can help to reframe unhelpful thoughts and assist in cultivating a better mood overall. It can be challenging, so don’t be too hard on yourself if you’re finding it difficult. Simply take a breath, restart and repeat to yourself – I am perfect just as I am.




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Sizing

Trying to find the right underwear size can be difficult due to different companies making different sizes. To make things easier we have created a step by step guide to take the guess work out of the equation.

Below we have measuring instructions with images to assist you.  

Finding your size in our Underwear Range:

All you need to do is take a couple of simple measurements; your waist, your lower waist and your hips. The best way to do this is by using a soft measuring tape and a mirror to ensure you are accurate.  If possible stand in front of a mirror when taking your measurements to ensure that the measuring tape is also parallel to the floor and is flat.

Measurement 1: Your waist

Your waist is the natural in indentation above your hips or just below your rib cage (see image). Wrap the soft measuring tape around firmly without pitching your skin together – write this measurement down.

Measurement 2: Your Lower Waist

Your lower waist is approx. 12cm down from your waist.  Take your measuring tape and run this down from your waist to 12cm (see image). Wrap the soft measuring tape around this area firmly without pitching your skin together – write this measurement down.  

Measurement 3: Your hips

Now wrap the soft measuring tape around the fullest part of your hips, this is approximately 25cm below your waist (see image). Use the mirror to check that your measuring tape is completely straight and parallel to the floor – write this measurement down.

 

 

Finding your size in our Crop Top Bralette Range:

All you need to do is take a couple of simple measurements; your Full Bust and your Lower or under bust. The best way to do this is by using a soft measuring tape and a mirror to ensure you are accurate.

Measurement 1: Your Full Bust

Your Full Bust is the fullest part of your bust (see image). Ensure that the measuring tape is completely straight and parallel to the floor. Wrap the soft measuring tape around firmly without pitching your skin together – write this measurement down

Measurement 2: Your Lower or Under Bust

The Lower or Under bust is measured by wrapping the measuring tape around your rib cage directly under your bust (see image). Wrap the soft measuring tape around firmly without pitching your skin together – write this measurement down

 

ELC Size 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22
Full Bust Measurements (cm) 81-87 87-93 93-99 99-105 106-114 115-123 124-130 131-137
Lower or Under Bust Measurement (cm) 61-67 67-73 73-79 80-86 87-39 94-100 100-106 107-113
Waist Measurement (cm) 75 80 85 90 95 100 110 115
Lower Waist Measurement (cm) 90 95 100 105 110 115 120 125
Hip Measurement (cm) 95 100 105 110 115 120 125 130
USA 4 to 6 6 to 8 8 to 10 10 to 12 12 to 14 14 to 16 16 to 18 18 to 20
UK 6 to 8 8 to 10 10 to 12 12 to 14 14 to 16 16 to 18 18 to 20 20 to 22
EUROPE 34 to 36 36 to 38 38 to 40 40 to 42 42 to 44 44 to 46 46 to 48 48 to 50

 

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