Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Ignore the Naysayers

Full figured women are often caught in a fashion catch 22. Like all clothes and accessories fiends, curvy babes want to enhance their wardrobes with the fiercest trends and classic pieces that accentuate our shapes and put our best assets on full frontal display. But some of the chicest designers aren’t creating pieces that cater to our large hips and wide waists. So, what is a full figured woman supposed to do when society has developed standards for what is acceptable for us to wear?

Bend the fashion rules, as blogger Gabi has done with her website, Gabi Fresh. In a recent post, Gabi discussed the criticism she received when she decided to post photos of herself wearing a sheer chiffon blouse, one of her wardrobe staples this past summer. Being told that she should lose weight before showing her flubber was both disrespectful and a blatant stab at her self-esteem. But, what I respect about Gabi is that she refused to be silenced because she doesn’t fit into society’s perception of beauty. So, the next week, she posted again in another chiffon blouse. What Gabi represents is fashion at its core: risk taking, daring and willing to jump ahead of the curve to showcase individuality.

Fashion is an art form and fashionistas use clothing pieces and the perfect quilted leather handbag to represent the colorfulness of their personalities.

When I interviewed Leslie Medlik and Tiffany Bank, two of the stars of TLC’s smash hit mini-series, Big Sexy, both women were adamant in their refusal to limit their clothing options to stores designed for us. Both of these powerhouses were confident enough in their bodies to venture to straight size stores and ignore the label. They used dresses as shirts and removed the seams from blouses to create tunics.

That is the creativity that fashion allows us. You don’t have to conform to what society would have us wear. Channel that Big Sexy confidence and dare to be bold in your closet.

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