There. I said it. I have fat calves and a wobbly bottom. I haven't just realised this, you'll understand. I've always thought it. Growing up I HATED my figure. All my friends had, in my eyes, the perfect figure; skinny. You don't appreciate having curves when you're younger. Or a womanly figure. You just want to be like everyone else.
I down-right hated being a pear-shape. My sister said I was all out of proportion. And that's how I felt. When I was 19 a boy kindly remarked, "Wow, your calves are huge." That did wonders for my self-esteem.
And so, like many girls, I had a jumper surgically attached around my waist for most of the 90s in an attempt to cover my ass. And I turned to jeans because I hated my calves being on show in a skirt. I wore clothes that could cover up all my flaws. Actually, I had a brief affair with skirts at around 16, but then I hadn't appreciated the benefits of nipping in my waist with a belt.
As I got older I became more interested in fashion. Not following fashion, but exploring fashion, and finding what clothes actually suited ME. And fell in love with the 50s; nipped in waists and SKIRTS. And so I started to wear skirts again. And loved it.
My opinion of my body hasn't changed, but i've learnt to accept it. It's definitely an age thing. I'm turning 30 this year and whilst I still have various hang-ups with my body, I CARE less about them, or what people think about them. Discovering men actually LIKED bottoms was a revelation. Hearing boys say they actually preferred curvy women was a lightning bolt. I wasn't a freak!
This is partly why I have so many clothes in my wardrobe that i've never worn. Because they might expose a part of me that I hate, and assume everyone else will mock. But in reality, no-one actually gives a toss.
And so, what I guess i'm trying to say is don't let your own hang-ups hold you back. Ok, i'm talking about fashion in this context, fairly trivial stuff. But to those people who mock you for having this, or that, screw 'em. They've probably got terrible dress sense anyway.