This week’s Friend Friday is all about size. An interesting and at times touchy topic for folks. As you can see from the picture above, I’ve been really skinny and I’ve been not so skinny. I highly doubt I’d ever get back down to my college size (never say never though) but I don’t think if I got that small I’d be jumping for joy. Maintaining that size is a lot of work. Do I need to be a healthier weight? Yes. Am I working at that? Every single day. Here’s what I have to say about size.
1. Should someone’s size stop them from fashion blogging or having a voice in the community?
Why? The average size of a US woman has been a size 14 for the last few years I believe. Models are size 0 and sample sizes can’t even fit my thigh, so it’s always refreshing to see women of all sizes blogging about what they wear and how they wear it.
2. In your opinion, can the term “curvy” and “plus-sized” be used interchangeably when it comes to fashion?
I’m not plus-sized but I am curvy. I have full hips, a butt and thighs and I appreciate it when they cut pants and jeans for folks like me (I know I’m not alone). I don’t get offended but I think in terms of fashion folks want to use the word curvy so as not to offend someone who is plus-sized.
3. Many people make the argument that catering to plus sized women would promote being overweight as “okay”. What do you think? Should more designers be catering to plus size women?
I think more designers need to be catering to their clients needs. Just because you have plus-sized clothing doesn’t mean everyone is going to start gorging because they know they’ll get that Michael Kors dress in their size. That’s a bit absurd.
4. Should the mainstream fashion industry be showcasing more plus size models?
I think the fashion industry should showcase more realistic sized models. A variety of shapes and sizes. I know that won’t happen because they want to make sample sizes in 1 size and models fit that but what looks good on a size 0 doesn’t necessarily look good on a size 14.
5. For you personally, how do you view your size, the struggle with it through the years, your ideal size, etc…
I don’t think I’ve struggled with getting bigger, I just accepted it. In high school and college I was tiny. When I graduated, started working full time, travelling, fell in love, I got bigger. When life stresses me, I eat. When life makes me happy, I eat. I just like food.
As I’ve gotten older I’ve learned what I have to do in order to lose the weight and keep it off (damn you exercise) and I do it more for me and my happiness than anything else. My husband has loved me super small and at my biggest and vice versa. I don’t lose weight because I think it’ll make someone love me more, I workout and lose weight to be healthier and to live a longer life. I’ve had moments at both ends of the size spectrum where I couldn’t get clothes that fit because I was too small or too big. For me, I have to find my happy place and that will probably always be a work in progress.
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