I first started my blog, The 12ish Style, as a place for shopping tips for women who were having trouble finding cool clothes in their size. Over time it turned into a place of body acceptance and body positivity for women of all sizes. The hashtag, #SuperSizeTheLook, began as a way for me to show people that anyone can rock an outfit worn by a celebrity! I wanted the message to be that women of all sizes can have great style and shouldn’t feel like there is anything “off-limits” in their wardrobe. Although I think size inclusivity in the fashion industry is more prominent than it’s ever been, there is still so much work that needs to be done. I would say that the progress is slow and there are still brands that will never consider extending their size range, and relative to the number of brands that exist in the fashion industry it’s still not very inclusive. It’s still a lot better than it has been, but we still have a long way to go. There are brands all over that cater to women of all shapes and sizes. There are brands like Veronica Beard in the luxury space extending their sizes, as well as brands like Loft that’s extending their sizes and making them more available in store. I’m excited to see so many brands embracing the body positive movement and making clothes that can be worn by all women! I feel like social media can impact the body image of young girls, and photoshop and retouching definitely has a role. In my own journey, and in conversations I’ve had with women through direct messages on Instagram, no matter what size, women are all struggling with looking in the mirror and saying negative things about their body. That is what I’m trying to help women stop doing! I feel like I need to lead by example, so if I ever get hard on myself and my body, I think of all the women who’ve reached out to me and said I’ve inspired them to wearing a bikini to the beach for the first time in years, or wear clothes they’d never thought they could wear before. The first piece of advice I’d give women struggling with body confidence is to be mindful of and stop all of the negative thoughts you have about your body each day. Once you end the negative talk, positive thoughts start to come in!
As told by: Katie Sturino