If you are a frequent visitor to my blog, you may remember a similar post I wrote last year. Our daily struggle with body size, shaming and the utter ridiculousness of varying dress sizes is something we are confronted with regularly. Whether it is via social media, glossy mags or E!, the majority of us will read an article discussing someone’s body shape or size daily.
This topic is close to my heart and is one that I could probably write about endlessly. I’m very body conscious and I am one of those girls who looks at pictures of female celebs in magazines and compares every attribute. Yes, I know! That isn’t healthy but I do it!
When it comes to clothes, I struggle. I rarely shop online as the sizing is just too unpredictable. 90% of the time I end up returning things bought on the web as it’s to tight or unflattering. It’s so annoying. Even when shopping on the high street, I can’t buy something without trying it on. Very annoying. I recently had a chat with someone who recognises this issue and has tried to offer a solution. The result? SizeStyler. The site aims to assist shoppers find the best fit across a number of brands. Music to my ears. A one stop shop for us girls and boys that laugh out loud at the ‘one size fits all’ label!
I take real exception to conversations and articles that aim to shame someone’s body size or shape. Caroline Flack has been a media target in recent weeks after a beach holiday, which showed her lack of a washboard stomach and an accidental nip slip. Come on! She’s a human, give her the rest and space everyone deserves when they are on holiday!
This blog post was inspired not only by those articles but also by something I read on social media. Funnily enough the post has since been removed and for that reason, I won’t name and shame. However, [brand name] posted an article stating that they refused to make clothes for ‘large people’. They don’t want their brand looking like it supports obesity… It made me cringe to be honest. Many people are on the larger side due to medication or illness and it is a daily struggle for them. To go ahead and say that you only want thin, attractive people wearing your clothes is unrealistic and, quite frankly, disgusting.
Body shaming and the constant battle to look a certain way isn’t going to disappear. Thankfully many high street stores and fashion labels are starting to realise that by segregating people beyond a certain waist size, they are putting themselves under a very negative light.
If it were up to me and I could change things, there would be a universal sizing structure for clothing and no such thing as ‘plus size’. Let’s strive to appreciate each other and build each other up, not put each other down. No more body shaming please!
Now I’m off to read a magazine without comparing myself to Gigi Hadid!
Until next time…