The Fashion Authority Has Spoken – No Crop Tops!
Warning: contains sarcasm.
Ok everyone it is time to get your fashion rule book out again. The all encompassing fashion authority has spoken again. I mean I don’t really know who that is but the Oprah magazine sure does. How otherwise could they have given such definitive and clear fashion “advice”.
I guess you are now most likely sitting at the edge of your chair, with a sharpened pencil ready to add rule number 5,387 to your “Fashion For Fatties” rule book, right after the rule “Touching thighs are not acceptable”. So here it is:
You fatty should never, ever, ever so far as to consider wearing a crop top.
What The Magazine Really Said – But It Is Not Much Better
The Oprah Magazine (O Magazine), you remember Oprah – that woman that is usually all about empowerment, has published some fashion advice that is so negative it still baffles me hours later and that even though I have come across my fair share of outrageous fashion rules & tips in my time blogging.
The advice that is outraging the internet and me was an answer to the question “can I pull off a crop top?” Brace yourself for the actual “fashion rule” that was given as answer. “If (and only if!) you have a flat stomach feel free to try one.” Seriously? I almost fell of my chair.
The message is bad enough body shaming. We do see this sort of thing every day, what is particularly baffling about this one is not only in what magazine it was found but even worse how it was written. I am still not over the text in brackets and the exclamation mark.
This Is How Much I Care
Well thank you Oprah for this well meant advice. I will consider it, keep it in mind and do with it what I do with a lot of the before mentioned 5,387 rules in the “Fashion Rules For Fatties” Rule book, happily ignore it and to celebrate the day by getting my everything but flat size 24 stomach out.
I have to admit that despite all the body confidence progress that I have made since I have started blogging, thanks to trying so many things, daring to wear crop tops was still a pretty big thing for me.
You might think now, hey she recently raved about how much she loves bikinis, you are showing loads more skin when wearing a bikini, why is should this now be a problem. Well this is the thing with confidence, it is not always logical. And not only that, when wearing a bikini you usually go swimming, not to town or in a bar, people expect to see some sort of larger degree of bare skin which makes it a bit simpler. Crop tops are still partially one of the taboos for plus size ladies.
I did even leave the house wearing a crop top
Well ultimately I did dare to go outside in this crop top. And once again not dissimilar to when I wore the bikini, the world still turned and no-one was pointing with fingers at me. I wore this outfit (with less ankle braking heels) out to a work do and ended up getting so many compliments. Initially I left the house with a simple black kimono over this, so that I did not feel quite so naked and could cover up if I felt uncomfortable, but no need for that. 20 minutes into the work party that cardigan lay somewhere in a corner and me and my non flat belly were rocking the dance floor in my crop top.
Internet Do Your Thing – #Rockthecrop
Other than that, the internet has done what it does and exploded with outrage. Lots of amazing women of varying degrees of not flat stomach have shared fabulous pictures of themselves online. It is definately worth checking out the the hashtag #rockthecrop. Here is a selection of a few, but check it out yourself. 🙂
Hmm, can I pull off a crop top? Lemme think about that… Huh, this looks pretty cute, no flat stomach, three kids worth of stretch marks and scars, but wait, I can still pull it off! Oh ya, and eff you #OMagazine. #effyourbeautystandards Outfit from @pinupgirlclothing @effyourbeautystandards #embraceyourcurves #rockthecroptop #curvesrock #curvesfordays #allbodiesarebeautiful #allbodiesaregoodbodies #pinupgirlclothing
This is a repost from almost exactly one year ago today from my IG. “Crop tops are for everyone REPEAT:CROP TOPS ARE FOR EVERYONE. if you’re fat you can wear a crop top, if you’re skinny you can wear a crop top, if you’re a purple chicken you can wear a crop top. Don’t let anyone tell you different” #croptop #ifandonlyifiwantto #rockthecroptop @Oprah @oprahmagazine #bodypositive #effyourbeautystandards #bodyposi #bopo #bodylove #radicalbodylove #pizzasisters4lyfe #bodyshaming A photo posted by kimmy (@liquid_universe) on
Really @oprahmagazine? Found the perfect #croptop for a response. #ifandonlyifiwantto #cropthis #bitchrelax #honorcurves #honormycurves #sexyatanysize #queenievoncurves #plussizeproud #plussizepower #plussizepinup #curvesfordays #queenievoncurvesootd #selflove #loveyourtummy #girlgang #effyourbeautystandards @honorcurves @effyourbeautystandards @healthyisthenewskinny #rockthecroptop #rockthecrop A photo posted by @queenie_von_curves on
Inexcusable Body Shaming (Or A Ploy)
So either that was now a big ploy of the O Magazine to kick us all into “Hell No”-Mode and make us all wear crop tops in defiance or they are just the idiots they appear to be and they just gave a lot of women out there another set of body issues they should not have to worry about. Go get yourself a crop top!