I’ve just spent a couple of hours doing something I often do on a Sunday morning – reading fatshion blogs. I have a folder in my Google Reader labelled “fatshion” and I save them for times when I can sit back with a cuppa and just flick through them, looking at the photographs and reading the stories about where these amazing fatshionistas wear their gorgeous outfits, where they sourced them from, what kind of shops they love, how they put together outfits and just general stuff about their lives.
It never fails to make me feel good about myself. I gave up reading magazines (except for Popular Mechanics, Discovery and the occasional tattoo mag) about 18 months ago, maybe a little more. I’ve not missed it at all, and my wallet has certainly been happier. When I first started out with my first few tentative steps into Fat Acceptance, I really never bothered with fatshion. I had never bothered with fashion before, because I’d always felt excluded from it as a fat woman, and found it depressing to look at clothes on bodies that bore no resemblance to my own.
But then I found Tumblr, which led me to the awesome Frances and her tumblog Hey Fat Chick. She threw open the doors of fatshion to me and once I started, I couldn’t stop. I found myself pouring over fatshion blogs, tumblr accounts and the Fatshionista flickr group. I found myself looking at the clothes and seeing myself wearing them, rather than some model who had been airbrushed and photoshopped into oblivion that made it clear that I could never wear those things.
Before long, I started to notice a radical change in myself. Instead of just dressing in whatever I could find to fit me in the shops and never thinking about it again, I started to look for ways I could interpret the trends and styles that the fatshionistas were sharing. Where once I would only buy clothes that I needed to function, I started to want things simply because they were beautiful, and because they expressed something about me. Then I did something REALLY radical… I joined the Fatshionista flickr group and started posting my own OOTD (outfit of the day) photographs! Guess what? The world didn’t end! Nobody laughed at me and I got some lovely compliements about the clothes and styling I was wearing. Then I went on to start posting my own OOTD posts here on Fat Heffalump! JAW DROP!
I never would have believed that I would get into clothes and accessories and fatshion at any point in my life. I thought it was something I wasn’t allowed to do, because I am a fat woman. In my teens I swung from only wearing what fit me (shorts, t-shirts, leggings) to clothe my body, to finding the most anti-social styles I could wear to try to scare the world away (goth, punk etc). In my 20’s, I mostly did the grunge thing, because jeans, a band t-shirt and a flannelette shirt with Doc Martens was a nice uniform that I could wear and fit into.
These days, I’m discovering a deep, strong love for all things femme, and for lots of colour. I only wish I could still wear high heels, but they don’t seem to like me any more, and I don’t have time in my life for shoes that hurt!
Nowdays I find myself compiling folders and using tools like Pinterest to catalogue my inspiration and put ideas together, based on the fatshion I find online. If you had told me I’d be doing this a mere 2 years ago, I’d have told you that there was NO way that would ever happen!
So which fatshion blogs do I love? Well, I follow a pretty long list, but how about I give you a few that really stand out for the kind of style I love?
I’ll start with the lovely Georgina from Cupcake’s Clothing. Oh how I adore her style. It’s romantic, fun, feminine and whimsical. Her photographs are beautiful and I love seeing cute clothes and accessories on a body that is far closer to mine than anything I see in magazines. Look… adorable…
Adorable I say!
Another one I really love is A Well Rounded Venture. Her style is classic and chic, and she does bold colour so well.
Then there is Lauren from Pocket Rocket Fashion. Lauren has a cute, feminine style that always fills me with joy when I see her posts and pictures. She also loves leopard print, which makes me very, very happy!
Representing for the Aussies, I really love Too Many Cupcakes. She has a sunny, fun, upbeat style, and seems to ferret out the most amazing accessories. Love her work!
The US has lots of great fatshionistas too of course, one of which I love is Bloomie from 30 Dresses in 30 Days. Bloomie rocks a dress like no other, and has a smile that could blind you for a mile.
There are dozens more and I could make the world’s biggest blog post sharing them all with you, but these are just a few examples of the ones I love.
I really want to thank all of the fatshionistas out there for doing what they do. I know a lot of them think they just post pretty clothes and stuff on the internet, but the truth of the matter is, what they do makes a difference. Their visibility and love for fashion, clothing and styling is not only inspirational, it’s activism. Fat women being visible is the very pinnacle of fat activism.
What about you? Do you have any favourite fatshionistas? Maybe they’re ones that I or other readers haven’t heard of before. What is your style? Do you indulge in fatshion and fatshion watching? Share your fatshion loves in the comments!