Are you being size bullied?

Are you being size bullied? reinforcing fashion stereotypes

Recently, a popular television network did a story on how plus size women are sidelined by clothing stores. If you are anywhere above a size 14, you have little choice when you are shopping for clothes. This is a sad commentary on a society that celebrates and reinforces fashion stereotypes.

Are you being size bullied? who defines a plus size?

Who defines what a plus size is?  A bunch of self –proclaimed fashion gurus who wear blinkers and have a narrow tunnel vision? Isn’t it time we saw the rainbow at the end of the tunnel? We are living in a globalised world that has little room for narrow fashion stereotypes. Beauty means different things to different people. In many emerging markets, a woman with curves is considered to be feminine and beautiful.

Are you being size bullied? dispelling the myths

While extra flab makes you predisposed to certain illnesses, it is a myth that all plus size women are unhealthy and all skinny women are fit. A woman may be naturally curvaceous or have a big bone structure, but may be otherwise fit. On the contrary, resorting to extreme measures and fad diets to look like some of the high priestesses of fashion can be outright unhealthy.

An ex Miss World was ridiculed by the media because she had committed the ultimate crime of making an appearance at an international fashion festival without shedding the extra kilos post childbirth. The media failed to notice how resplendent she looked, basking in the glory of motherhood. Why this unrealistic urgency about getting back to size zero, again to comply with the so called fashionable body proportions?

are you being size bullied? getting it right

If you elect to go under the knife or go on a diet, please seek professional help. Alternately, you can play with floral, animal and geometric prints, colours and necklines to create an optical illusion of a desired body shape. Kaftans in mid-weight fabrics like georgette and receding colours, flowing maxi dresses, tunics with box pleats that hide the mummy tummy can be flattering to a plus size silhouette. There is abundant choice in plus size maxi dresses and kaftans online.

Let us be comfortable in our own skin. Let us use fashion to our advantage … with a little help from professional stylists and plus size online stores.