Lately I’ve been really into sleek, minimalist style. The clean lines, sophisticated colors, and simple-yet-elegant cuts really speak to me, and I love how it looks effortless but still fashionable. The problem is, those looks are not often sold to plus size customers.
Since minimalist fashion is all about cut, many designers and retailers seem to think that a fat body isn’t worthy of the look. Our clothes are so often made to be tent-like, with bold prints meant to mask our figures. If you’d rather wear well-cut solids, at a lot of stores you are out of luck.
You don’t need to be a size 2, or to have a ton of money, to rock this look. If it’s a solid color with clean lines and a nice cut, a $20 Target dress can be as stylish as a $600 designer one. It also doesn’t have to be boring. Just because something is minimal doesn’t mean it isn’t interesting.
Unfortunately, all too often, fat women have to dress up twice as much to avoid being considered “sloppy.” This means that clean lines and basics are read differently on us than on thin people. That’s ridiculous, isn’t it? This isn’t the first time I’ve written about it, but it bears repeating:
There’s no reason why your size should dictate your aesthetic preferences.
So how do you rock a minimalist style at any size? Just do it. Put on the stunning, simple, or elegant clothes you love and carry yourself with confidence. I’m not going to pretend that self-esteem wards off oppression, but if you hold your head high, it won’t matter as much if people are judging your look.