A good blog, one that lasts, finds some way to differentiate itself from other blogs in its field. Admittedly for Fat Chic, this isn’t too hard at the moment – while there are plenty of fat acceptance/fat denial/fat health blogs, there really aren’t that many fat fashion blogs, and of those, each one of us has very clear and different motivations that inform our posts. It makes for good reading, and once in awhile, good conversation. While we’re all bound to consumer fashion in one way or the other, I like to think my place is a little different from the others, because not only am I all about finding good clothes – to the point where I’ve built a search engine and as I write this I have the beginnings of a size chart index – it’s about helping extremely diverse people define their own fashion as much as possible on their own terms.
Because I am an artist and because I look at fashion in a social context that most people don’t do consciously, I’ve come to think a lot about the comments I make on this blog regarding the fashion designs I see on here for plus size women. Some of the stuff I look at daily is just awful, and while originally I wanted to point out the awfulness, I’ve discovered that there’s more power for change happening when I point to the good stuff. I haven’t actually seen it in plus fashion blogs, but in mainstream fashion blogs some of the authors suck up negativity like its cocaine and their readers suck it up like highly addictive poison. That poison stops people from being creative, and right now the world needs creativity much more desperately than it needs snark. I’d like to say the world doesn’t need snark at all, but there’s a balance, and sometimes, there are circumstances – like the time a drunk girl took over the stage at a Buffy sing-a-long – where snark was a blessed relief. However, constant, daily, looking-for-it snark just sucks and makes the snarkster suck to be around.
I’ve had some time to think about this, and having gone through the decade of my life where you can win friends – but not real ones – through a quick wit and a cutting tongue, I’ve decided that I am decidedly against snark, pro critique, and will evaluate carefully all criticism when it comes to the clothing on this blog. It’s one of the two main reasons I stay away from most celebrity blogstalk.Â Fashion designers – even consumer fashion designers – are artists. I do express my anger and always will when it’s evident in the very thread of the design that the designer has contempt for the fat people they are dressing. But when it’s just a simple misfire – loud prints are in, so churning out great cuts in an ill-advised print, for instance – I will not snark, snipe or belittle. I will say “ill advised.” I want to see these creative people continue to create, and to make the world a more positive place by offering the market clothing that allows the fat to feel just as good about themselves as the moderate and thin.
I’m looking for the love before I’m looking AT the fashion. If genuine appreciation for the customer is there, then I will consider that first. However, if it’s still a misfire, I will say so, but I won’t turn it into a diatribe unless it’s clear the designer hates who they’re dressing.