No longer is plus-size fashion a wasteland. Unlike a decade ago, when finding ANY trendy items in larger sizes was a challenge, online and indie stores like plus BKLYN are offering a wider (pun intended) and more thoughtful selection of plus-size fashion, from trends to basics.
A deeper issue, though, is that often we can feel like our bodies are unworthy of taking advantage of this newly-available apparel.
"Maybe that influencer on Instagram can be okay wearing a crop top, but MY belly is the wrong shape."
"Maybe that magazine editorial can make that miniskirt look good, but MY legs have too much cellulite."
It's time we rooted out these long-held beliefs about what we're allowed to put on our bodies. We are all worthy of clothing that fits our bodies that we enjoy wearing!
Here are quotes from 11 experts and leaders in the body acceptance community on why fashion should be accessible to every human being, and why you -- yes, you -- are allowed to wear ANYTHING YOU WANT.
Feel free to save these images to your phone, for days you need a helpful reminder!
"When I wear a sleeveless dress, I publicly reimagine the possibility for my full participation in society as a fat person. When I go bra-less, I publicly assert the possibility for my full humanity in the world as a woman. When I express agency and desire and power, I publicly proclaim the possibility of a world where poc are not forced into roles of abjection. These are acts of rebellion. I do them for me. I do them for others." - Virgie Tovar
"I am a big girl. A voluptuous, curvy, dress-wearing lesbian. I love my body; it’s the only one I’ll ever have. I am allowed to look sexy, feel sexy, and be in love. I am worthy of all of those things, and so are you." - Mary Lambert
"Even if you’re the biggest person in the room, there is zero reason for you to try to fade into the background." - Brandy Morris
"You can be fashionable and stylish at any size." - Gabi Gregg
I believe women of all sizes should be able to enjoy fashion and shouldn't have to wait to be a certain size to wear fashionable clothes. - Callie Thorpe
"If someone suggests that you aren't beautiful, you can consider how sad it is that they have such a limited view of beauty. You can consider how unfortunate it is that they have such an exaggerated sense of self-importance that they think you should care about what they think." - Ragen Chastain
There are so many ridiculous 'rules' us plus size ladies are told. We can't wear this and we can't wear that, but guess what? We can wear whatever we like! - Isha Reid
"No matter how much I try to 'dress for my shape' and wear styles that are flattering on my body (according to the people who make those rules), there is no camouflaging or covering up the fact that my body still takes up the space of a person who wears a size 22/24. As I like to say at my boutique, no matter how much black you wear, we can still tell how fat you are." - Chrystal Bougon
"It was only by ignoring the rules and wearing what I wanted that I started to realize fashion was political. That the concept of not trying to minimize or hide your body was controversial. That the act of publicly loving your body, allowing it to take up space, and dressing it up in whatever you liked...is revolutionary.
And this applies to all bodies, no matter their size, shape, shade, or age. When you love yourself, it blows people’s minds." - Jes Baker
"Let your mad flava and brilliance shine freely.
Wear clothing that makes you feel like you could take over the world!
Be the beautiful person you are from the very depths of your soul and it will radiate from you.
Nobody can take that away.
It’s time to step out the shadows and into the role you were truly meant for." - Brandy Morris
About the Author
Hi there! I’m Lindley, pronounced LIN-lee. I create beautiful photographs with people who are ready to view their bodies with honesty and compassion.
I’m a professional photographer who specializes in working with people of all ethnicities and genders, not just the ones whose bodies are likely to be seen in magazines and advertisements. Visit me for body-safe and HAES- and fat-acceptance-based boudoir, portrait and small business sessions.