A little bit of housekeeping: I promise an outfit post is coming soon (as in Friday!!). I’ve literally been working 60 hour weeks, so I’ve been incredibly busy. Being a human doing is not nearly as much fun as being a human being.
I’m somewhat of a unicorn. Though I have had food issues in the past (read into that what you will) to the point of having a heart condition and feeding tube (again, read into that what you will), I have never had those issues truly be fueled by poor body image. However, those issues have led me to become friends with quite a lot of women with body image issues.
I myself am currently 5’2″ and 120ish pounds (according to my dietitian, due to my bone structure, growth charts, and muscle mass my ideal body weight is between 125-130 pounds). I can type this out despite not being ultra thin, because I don’t care. It’s a number. Just like my age, 26; my credit score, 742; or the number of times I have questioned my love for B, 0.
At every weight I have been in I have had curves, because I am Portuguese Canadian. These curves are why I tend to wear dresses and skirts most frequently. They’re the easiest to wear for my shape (my hip to waist ratio is a bit skewed shall we say). In fact, despite working retail, the only jeans I have found that fit my shape properly are AG Stevie Ankles (a la Anthropologie). It’s sort of crazy if you think about it, since I am definitely “normal” weight. (I put “normal” in parentheses as I truly believe it’s a construct that is different for each person… if you ever want an interesting read, look up how BMI was originally intended to be used – cliff notes version? NOT on an individual basis, rather on mass for insurance companies)
My mother, on the other hand, is a larger woman. As a child I never understood why she would dress the way she did. Seemingly without care. Seemingly defeated. I especially didn’t understand when my parents started making more money (once my father got out of the Air Force). As an adult, looking back, I now realize. Fashion is not always readily accessible to those whose shapes are different or who are plus-size.
It should be though.
I saw a campaign on Kickstarter recently where a girl from St. Louis is trying to raise funds to start a mobile boutique (a Fashion Truck) for plus sized clothing.
I asked her a few questions about it (to make sure if funded she would have enough resources, etc), but wasn’t sure if I wanted to commit to actually laying some money down.
Then the other night I went out after a couple of double days at work followed by a regular day (aka 9am-10:30pm for two days followed by a 9-5:30 day). I went to Maggiano’s and with drinks and food I had a $100 tab to pay by the end (oh how we were laden down with food bags when we left) .
It was this morning at work that I realized if I could go out and spend $100 for dinner I could afford to spend the same amount of money to fund something that would allow women that are plus-sized to realize that they are enough as they are. That they aren’t wrong. That their sizes and shapes aren’t wrong. Something that could make shopping for enjoyable and easier for them.
I backed the project.
If you have some time tonight (or anytime before July 15th), check out her project and see if you aren’t inspired in some way. It feels like more than a fashion truck to me. lt is fashion with a purpose. If you feel so inclined, sharing the concept is lovely as well.
From The Person Behind the Campaign:
Fashion boutique owner and recent Fashion Merchandising grad Antoinique Halton has a dream of expanding her boutique from online to on wheels and selling trendy plus-size fashion curbside. She created a Project Campaign on Kickstarter.com titled “Fund A Midwest Fashion Truck” to help make it all happen. All pledges will go towards transforming an ordinary step van box truck into a fabulous mobile boutique in which she will stock the shelves with independent plus-size labels like Zelie For She and Ace Blakely and bring them to curvy fashionistas throughout the midwest. Her Kickstarter “All or Nothing” campaign has less than a month to reach its $6,500 goal
On another side note about accessible fashion. My neighbor has convinced me to partake in the block yard sale on July 12th… I am going to be cleaning out my closet (I have no doubt I will be conning B into helping me). I have already started pulling pieces (BCBG MaxAzria, Marc Jacobs, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Robert Rodriguez, Nanette Lepore, Miss Me Couture, Philosophy by Alberta Ferretti, Miu Miu, Laundry by Shelli Segal, etc) and even plan on selling my Jimmy Choo Malena as I closeted it shortly after starting this blog due to the wear it was starting to show. I want to make my closet accessible for everyone, so I plan on pricing things incredibly low (far below value, or ticket price – for the items with price tags still on them). Some people think that’s crazy… But if I’m not currently enjoying those items, why shouldn’t someone else? And why should they have to pay retail or even resale prices for those pieces?