Body positive movement is nothing new…
But I’ve decided to dedicate a space to styling tips for the body-conscious as I feel it is an ever-relevant topic.
For anyone mildly interested in fashion or even those who aren’t, it is evident that fashion is very inclusive. Even at the height of the body positivity movement, where it seems to be all for one and one for all, it seems to be a struggle at best to broaden beauty standards.
Traditionally fashion has been Eurocentric dominant; slim, thin, tall, and small features rule as correct for women’s bodies. Of course, this is based on the colonial historical context of previous worlds.
However, something that is often overlooked in the body positivity movement is the rejection of perfection outside of weight and size is the idea of perfection. The bodies celebrated today are a step closer to dethroning Eurocentric ideals of the past, but still have a long way to go. The idea of normal reigns rampant and those who fall outside of that are forgotten or refused a seat at the table. This leaves one to question how real this movement is.
The idea of ‘normal’ is an incorrect harmful trope that lauds itself of society and takes advantage of said individuals that don’t meet its requirements. This excludes a large group of individuals, namely disabled people with physical and visible disabilities. Not forgetting people with visible illnesses and/or conditions, who face daily challenges of styling themselves.
It is more than an oversight but instead a deliberate rejection, with origins in colonialism further supported by adverts, fashion magazines, models, celebrities, influencers, and even language. All of these reinforce beauty is only fashionable or desired if it is pristine and perfect, but we all know that isn’t the case. Mainstream culture steals from marginalised minorities because creativity and beauty thrive in the presence of oppression. No two people are alike, we are instead layered creations of our ancestors that came before us, reimagined today. That beauty deserves a place in the world to be celebrated as the ‘new normal.
So as someone who deals with a persistent skin condition, and readily tackles the challenge of styling. I aim to feel and look beautiful by curating a personal style that allows comfort. This helps to build my self-esteem and allows body positivity to be practiced in real-time. My love, interest, and knowledge of fashion design are integral to creating looks. I enjoy doing this for myself but others more as I believe fashion is for everyone and you are perfect as you are.
With that a breakdown of my chosen outfit of the week.
Yellow Twist Top – Style Tips
- The light yellow top is Spring ready.
- A twist knot front is fun and covers large area of the torso
- The long sleeves are suitable for potential problem areas
- The medium weight fabric is can be worn from day to evening
Dark Chocolate Pencil Skirt – Style Tips
- The pencil skirt shape is flattering on all body shapes as it draws attention to the right areas elongates ones frame
- The chocolate brown colour is suitable for all seasons as it balances the look
- The vinyl fabric adds texture
- The length covers large skin surface area
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