Fashion ‘Rules’ That Plus Size Women Need To Break

I’ve never really been into fashion all that much. I always tended to just wear was comfy and hide all my insecurities. Because of this, my confidence dropped very low. I hated how I looked and was determined to cover my body even more. It got to the point where I wouldn’t even wear my arms out no matter how hot I became. I lived in baggy jeans, boots, a baggy men’s t-shirt and a hoody. Not my bed look I will admit.

I think that I have always secretly loved fashion. I love picking clothes for my little sisters and helping them with their hair and make up. However, I’ve never been into it for me. I didn’t see fashion as something that would work for me. I didn’t understand how I could wear all the fashionable clothes and still hide all my insecurities. To me, fashion was something that was for skinny people. It wasn’t for me.

I kept this thought process for years of my life. That is up until very recently. A few month ago, I came across a plus size model name Tess Holliday. She inspired me a lot. She taught me not to feel embarrassed about my body. I might have been big but I will still beautiful.

Slowly, my frame of mind changed into thinking more about I was wearing. I realised that I could actually wear all the clothes that I wanted to.

I’m sick of hearing about all of these fashion ‘rules’ which were more often than not, made by people who have never actually been plus size. Being bigger doesn’t mean that you have to follow the rules that society think is acceptable for larger people. Dress how you want to!

Here’s my list of rules that need to be broke now;

1. Crop-tops are just made for skinny people.

This stems from everyone’s fear of tummies, the bit on our bodies with the most fat on. If you want to wear a crop top to show off your tummy then do. Some crop tops can actually be very flattering.

2. Bikinis aren’t for fat people.

A couple of days ago, I was looking at bikinis online, deciding which one would look best on me. I then stumbled upon a question on Yahoo Questions title ‘Can fat people wear bikinis?’. I clicked on it purely out of interest and some of the comments were just disguising. There was comments such as ‘No. Get some self respect’, ‘that’s gross’ and ‘no one wants to see that’. What I have to say to that; stick you bikinis on, Ladies. If you want to wear one then just do it.

3. Horizontal stripes make you look fatter.

Horizontal stripes make you look wider. Oh no, I guess we should all run to our wardrobes and throw out all our stripes. Well no, not happening. If you like wearing horizon stripes then do it.

4. Baggy is better.

This is certainly not true. In fat baggy is not flattering at all. Sure, it skims over all your insecurities making you feel less self-conscious but it doesn’t look good. Look for clothes that fit properly and compliment you in all your favourite places. If you like your waist, get something that goes in there. If you like your legs, get them out.

5. Fat girls can’t wear bright colours.

If we were to follow this rule then the only colour that we would have in our wardrobes would be black. Of course a wardrobe staple would have to be our blacks but during summer it gets ridiculously hot. Get out all those colours.

Basically, don’t listen to any of these supposed rules that society makes. Wear whatever makes you feel good about yourself. You’re all beautiful no matter what you wear!

Eleanor May

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  1. June 21, 2015 / 4:10 am

    I love this! I can relate to this, there was a time in my life where i couldn’t show my arms even when it was 90 degrees outside and baggy clothes were my life. As i got older i saw that i can actually look nice with fitted clothes. I love these rules because i agree also that they should be broken. I’ve seen plus size women in crop tops and bikinis and they looked fabulous.

  2. peter
    July 23, 2015 / 6:27 pm

    Curvy women look amazing what ever they wear doesn’t matter what fashion they decide as long as they feel comfortable in what they wear

  3. October 9, 2016 / 5:37 pm

    I love this post and it’s fab that your frame of mind is changing! I’ve never been plus-size, but I’ve struggled with my body image and confidence my entire life. In the last 18 months or so I’ve started to try out things I always avoided, like I always used to cover my upper arms but now (partly cos I wanna show of them tattoos haha!) I love to go sleeveless. Crop tops are SO cute, and anyone can pull them off, altho personally I prefer ’em with a high waist. I think Cora from Vintage or Tacky on YouTube is such a good example of this, she rocks them, and bikinis! I hate to say it but I ended up not wearing the bikinis I bought for my holiday this year, but, baby steps. Hopefully I’ll get there! I love stripes too and I used to avoid them quite a lot but now they’re a staple, they’re so versatile! xx

  4. December 31, 2016 / 6:57 pm

    This is awesome! I love how you promote body positivity and you do it sooo tastefully ! x

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