As a young child fashion was unknown to me because I was forced to shop in the plus size section which most of the time only held moo-moo like designs that draped like shapeless bags on plus bodies. As I grew in to a teen fashion then became this unattainable goal. Nothing fashionable or on trend would fit my body. I’d look in the teen section and want to cry because I knew nothing was ever going to fit and I also knew I’d never find anything similar to what others my age where wearing in the plus size section. Which also meant I knew I was going to face a lot of teasing for my “marmy & old” looking clothes.
So I decided that when I graduated from high school I wanted to do something involved with plus size fashion. Why? Because I was so tired of seeing ugly plus size clothing and patterns not made for plus bodies modeled on women who certainly did not have shapes similar to mine. It’s only been recently that top designers, Like Christian Siriano, who have started to acknowledge plus bodies (and usually only when they’ve reached a certain level of stardom).
I have to say – I remember watching Christian Siriano on Project Runway and cheering him on. I loved his fashion forward designs, his attention to detail, and the incredible way he could bring the fabric to life as if it where a living and breathing entity! I absolutely love that he has been so openly supportive of plus bodies. So of course when I saw this beautiful gown for sale at the Sacramento Plus Size Swap (Hosted by the Lucky Bombshell) I knew it had to be mine! This beautiful gown had me feeling like a Hollywood starlet. All glamour, romance, and beauty. And the pattern was made for a plus body so the gown literally felt and fit like a dream.
What a lot of people tend to forget is that fashion isn’t just about wearing clothes but it’s about expressing yourself and revealing a piece of you through what you choose to wear. And fat bodies have been long denied options and choices when it comes to our selections for fashion so when a well known designer chooses to not only create plus clothing, but also creates it for fat bodies, and not to just capitalize on the body positive community they deserved to be supported.
Fashion can tend to make you feel like it’s this “out of reach” goal and that it’s only meant for certain body types. That is Not the case; I will continue seeing fashion as a personal statement of expression due to all bodies and will always argue the right for people to dress the way they feel!!
If you Loves could choose one designer or brand to create a plus size collection who would it be??
All images shot by House Of Winter