#HowToBeSexy Challenge: Show Off What You Usually Hide

Challenge: Wear clothing that flaunts a part of your body that you usually try to hide.

This is the summer of not being afraid of my tummy. Here I am in New Orleans on my birthday. Although the skirt is beautiful, it was about 200 degrees inside of it. Like sitting under a circus tent! It made me float through the air like a freaking angel though.

It's not that body part that gives you insecurity, it's your brain telling you that you should be. Nonetheless, you get the point. Show off something that you want to hide.

One summer in high school, I wore jeans every day, because I didn't want anyone to see my bare legs. They were too thick. They were too fat. They were too big. This started a several year trend of not just keeping my bottom half completely covered, but opting for pants that were baggy and loose to hide any sort of shape of my butt. I would even try to push my cleavage up to distract from my lower half.

At some point, I started wearing shorter skirts with tights. This was almost always with boots, so there was still minimal leg actually on display. When I moved to Chicago, everything changed in that respect. My body was the same size and shape, but suddenly this was the exact body part that was getting me tons of attention. Every time that I would show my legs off, I would have multiple people compliment me. It was so surprising! Now, you'd be lucky to ever find me covering them.

This summer, I've been all about the minimal midriff. Similar to the leg/butt story, I've spent years hating on my stomach. There is something so hot to showing just a hint of midriff. Maybe it's because I'm pushing myself past my comfort zone, so my only option is to totally own it. Or maybe I've been way more cruel to myself than I need to be. Most likely, it's both.

I just bought this Akira matching pant suit and am totally in love. In addition to the boundary pushing midriff, it's actually a big step for me to be wearing pants and feeling confident. My brain always wants to take me back to the days where pants meant hiding, but now I've finding ways to still feel comfortable and confident. #howtobesexy

I just bought this Akira matching pant suit and am totally in love. In addition to the boundary pushing midriff, it's actually a big step for me to be wearing pants and feeling confident. My brain always wants to take me back to the days where pants meant hiding, but now I've finding ways to still feel comfortable and confident. #howtobesexy

There is something really freeing about showing off something that you have personal judgement about. (Stupid preposition.) Own yourself.

In my recent Champagne & Snark podcast with Alysse Dalessandro of Ready-to-Stare, we talked about exactly this. It's worth a listen. And, btw, she makes size-inclusive trendy clothes that includes crop tops for larger sizes. Just in case someone reading this is looking for some hot chick clothes in a wider range of sizes. :)

I want to know how the challenge went for you! Comment below with your experience. If you post on Instagram or Twitter, use the hashtag #HowToBeSexy and feel free to @mention me as well!

And, remember, check back every Friday for a new challenge! Let's learn how to be bolder and more bad ass together.