Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Breaking The Plus Size Rules #WeAreTheThey

Over the last week in response to the singer Jamelias very silly comments on the TV show "Loose Women" suggesting women of certain ends of the size spectrum shouldn't be catered for clothing wise on the high street, a great hashtag has been lighting up twitter. 
#WeAreTheThey refers to the fact that when someone says "they" should not have access to clothes, the people being singled out are in fact you and me if you are over a size 20. We are indeed the "They" the media loves to demonise, health shame and disrespect.

To keep the momentum going Debz who started the hashtag has suggested that today we discuss the so called plus size fashion no nos.
In fashion as with most things there is a perceived idea of how you should put certain items together (if you show cleavage, don't show too much leg, never mix spots and stripes) 
When you add being plus sized to the equation it seems there are even more nuggets of " wisdom" many of which are regularly shared on make over shows and in magazines. Here are just a few:
  • Avoid horizontal stripes as they make you look "wider"
  • Wear black as its "slimming"
  • Stick to block colours. Any thing too busy will "emphasise your shape"
  • Wear tunic tops to "hide problem areas"
  • Bootcut trousers will "lengthen" short legs
My shape is "emphasised" so what?
I absolutely hate these kinds of "style rules" and here's why: 
If you are a size 16 or above wearing top to toe black is not going to magically make you appear like a size eight, sure darker colours make you look slightly slimmer but that's treating your shape and size as a problem to be solved. Its not. 
I've got very short legs, boot cut jeans do not make them look longer and guess what they don't need to look longer. They are fine and dandy just as they are-short, dappled with cellulite with thighs that fit together like pieces of a chubby jigsaw.
Wear tunic tops and bootcut jeans because you like them, not because you have been told they will disguise your size or shape.
Please don't think I'm being insensitive to any plus sized hottie buying clothes with ingenious cuts and cunning camouflage that's not my message. My point is ladies whatever your size OWN IT

Own your plus size style

Please lets all make a pact starting from today that we will never ever again buy an item of clothing because we think it disguises our size. 
Lets buy clothes that we truly adore, in colours and patterns that make our heart beat too fast, in styles that make us walk slightly taller because we feel great.
Wear stripes, wear prints, wear whatever you damn well like and the next time you see something on a rail that you love but then start to pass by because "it just wont suit my figure" go and try it on. I insist.

Lets buy clothes we adore

Fashion rules are made to be broken. Don't let other peoples hang ups or the medias obsession with size dictate how you dress and live your life. 
Sure I realise that I look slightly "thinner" when I wear black leggings, a black top and a black skirt but I don't want to spend my life looking like an Italian widow, and don't try and tell me that I should express myself simply with accessories. The top to toe black look with a "statement" necklace just doesn't cut it. I want to be a riot of colour and pattern and if I can find it in my size I'm going to wear it.

I want to be a riot of colour and pattern

So like large bangered butterflies breaking out of a stretchy fabric cocoon lets all get giddy with the possibilities that plus sized fashion anarchy brings. Race you to the acid yellow horizontal striped crop top!

Tonight on twitter post up your photo of you breaking the plus size rules and don't forget to use the hashtag #WeAreTheThey
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