On women's fashion and body positivity: Is the term ‘plus-size’ outdated?
When it comes to fashion and slotxo how women style themselves, those with bigger silhouettes are often told to go for loose dresses and dark colours for the longest time.
The rationale is that these are ways to “hide” their bodies to “help” them look smaller.
It’s slowly looking like the type of advice that isn’t ageing well.
“Sack dresses and dark colours are ways to make yourself look ‘slimmer’ or hide your ‘extra weight’ – which really doesn’t positively impact a woman’s esteem,” explained Mary Victor, the Singaporean makeup artist and plus-sized model behind the movement #TheBodyWithin.
“This is still society’s way of telling us that, if you’re big, you still need to hide yourself.”
Because of that mindset, older, curvy women tend to wear clothes that are loose and dark because showing one’s curves might look “indecent” or “not flattering”.
But with greater advocacy for body positivity and conversations in the media and social media to establish more acceptance of women of all sizes, the world of fashion is slowly but surely embracing beauty in bigger sizes.
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