Something I learned long before joining the ranks of the fatshionistas is that when it comes to fashion, the same universe of rules do not apply to the same people. Sometimes this is because of body type: leggings might work on a skinny gal, but they pretty much don’t on a fat one. Ruffle front shirts make nearly every plus woman I’ve seen wear one seem clown-like, but there may be one plus size woman out there who looks dignified or even hot with one on.
Sometimes this is because of something more mysterious, an odd combination of personality, charisma and sheer gusto that allows a person to magically make that old-school plaid jacket over camo pants look cool. It’s a rare gift to do this, one that requires a near-absence of self awareness because of living that long in a creative state. For every rule that absolutely doesn’t work for absolutely every reason, there’s always one person out there somewhere who it does work on. Fashion is like English grammar – it lines up a certain way, and also has a velvet rope on the side to let through all the exceptions.
So when it comes to arbiting taste, the “they” who decide what’s in or out is really you, although as a culture of marketers there’s been some elaborate work done to keep you from finding this out. Magazines, blogs, even clothing companies are just guessing – and hoping to sell you on their ideas. Sometimes those attempts to sell you take the form of “advice” especially for plus sizes: “Don’t wear horizontal stripes. Only wear dark colors. Emphasize your face.” Especially in plus fashion, those ideas are just ideas. You don’t have to invest in them, and this is part of why this blog is here: sometimes the marketers push to hard to sell us plussies on some seriously unflattering stuff, and they don’t always respond to the first, second or third volleys of “hell no!” Because so many plus sized women have low self-esteem, they take the bad clothing because of an erroneous “take what you can get” mentality. Again, that’s what Fat Chic is here for: when it comes to clothing, you most certainly do NOT just have to accept what is given you, and you indeed have the power here – which is exactly what the marketers don’t want you to know.
What it always comes down to in fashion is this: find what works on you. While current style is always a factor in the fashion-as-power jockeying that goes on in the world, it is still very possible to define your own style and add simple elements of current trends without breaking your bank for them.Â Sometimes all you need is a jewelery piece, and I personally always navigate by shoe choice. Sometimes you might find yourself having to learn how to sew or adapt clothing to your size – again, it’s all about what works on you, and investing in yourself, not about wearing what I or anybodyÂ else tells you is “in.”