I’m fat, and for longer than I care to admit to, I followed all the fashion “rules” that had been laid out for me as absolutes, never to be broken. I stayed away from prints, I never wore white, and most of all, I never dared to wear a short dress, because society had made me believe that my rounded, dimpled legs weren’t worthy of being seen.
Even in the suffocating heat and humidity of the summer, I covered my legs, too afraid to allow myself the basic comfort of feeling a cool breeze tickle the backs of my knees. For what? All because of the ridiculous misconception that plus size women should hide their legs?
The idea that we must adhere to a set of rules is not only untrue, but can also be incredibly damaging. I grew up mistakenly believing that because I was fat, I didn’t have the right to show off my legs even though I wished I could.
It took the realization that these “rules” were in fact the work of a society, hell bent on keeping plus size women oppressed, for me to finally understand that nobody had the right to tell me how to dress my body but me.
So, now I #DareToWear short hemlines all the time! I show off my big, beautiful legs with pride! I rock shorts, skirts, and even shirts as dresses, like this fab tunic from the MBLM by Tess Holliday collection from Penningtons!
Armed with self-love, a pair of cute black combat boots and my hair up in a great scarf, I am ready to tackle all those rules that were meant to be broken, and that’s what #DareToWear is all about!
by Cynthia Ramsay Noel