Plus Size Blogger Explains Why She Wears Cropped Tops – Size 24

Have you ever seen an item of clothing while shopping and thought, “Wow, I to like that” – then you thought you “can’t” wear it because of your height, height, age or body shape? You are not alone. So many people have stopped wearing this tight dress, Bikini, or shorts because they were afraid of the effect it would have on their bodies. If you can relate, the best thing for yourself is to listen to what Maui Bigelow, aka phat fresh girlhas to say on the subject.

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In a powerful piece for Curvy Fashionista titled “Crop Tops & Big Bellies: I Wear What I Want, Even At A Size 24,” Bigelow addresses the stigma of plus-size women wearing certain styles. “Be honest cute,” she wrote, “have you ever limited yourself to statements like, ‘I don’t want to show my arms’ and ‘I can’t wear a crop top?'” She dismisses the idea that women who is not thin cannot wear certain styles, and says she feels good wearing them.

Bigelow goes on to explain what prompted the try-on: Another plus-size woman adjusted her clothes because, according to the friend, “you know we can’t show our bellies.” This bothered Bigelow, who replied, “Maybe you can’t show your belly, but I can show mine.” Although there has been an increase in visibility in the fashion community for plus size women, and the plus size community has grown exponentially in recent years, Bigelow believes that some plus size people have internalized the “do’s and don’ts” of what they are supposed to wear.

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“It bothers me because they’re sticking to someone else’s standards rather than their own,” Bigelow told GoodHousekeeping.com. After all, there are already so many style “rules” that affect how people dress. And as the old saying goes: if you want a bikini body, all you have to do is put a bikini on your body. Yet, there are still people who believe that you have to be thin to wear a crop top or any other revealing garment.

To those who wish to equate thinness with beauty, Bigelow has this to say: “It’s absurd to assume that size determines beauty – size only determines the clothes you buy, nothing more and nothing less.” What makes a person beautiful, she says, is not just what you see, but also the person inside – and beauty is found “in the smiles of those who offer hope and love”.

Although she received many comments and messages from women showing off their own crop tops, Bigelow also met the bodyshamers. “Reading some of the comments made me sad – not because they were talking about me, but because the hate they displayed was sure to intimidate some of the women I try to inspire,” she explains. “However, I rejoice that the message is there and that so many people have been encouraged, because it is the desire of my heart.”

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If you’re plus size and looking to rock some great sons like Bigelow, take note of where she shops. “I love Society+, the brand I’m wearing in the original post, and I’m a big fan of Ashley Stewart and Lane Bryant,” she says. “I also shop with many independent designers like Jibri, as I often need that extra attention to make sure my curves are properly complemented.”

Here’s the thing: As easy as it is to give in to social pressure that you should or shouldn’t wear certain styles of clothing, it’s much simpler to learn to live your life your way. You may be embarrassed at first, but Bigelow has some sage advice to help you through it.

“My advice: forget about people! You’re never going to please everyone, no matter what you do,” she tells us, adding that you should get to know your body and find out who you are in order to find your personal style in order to being able to properly execute any look you desire. “The important thing is to be able to look in the mirror and be happy with what you see.” Words to live by, indeed.

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