Tag Archives: fashion

The Plus Size Problem: Revisited

Written By Kacee Eddinger

February is Body Awareness Month. To celebrate, I want to build off of one of our previous articles, “The Plus Size Problem.” Both the plus size problem and the Body Positivity Movement both go back further in time than you may realize.

The Body Positive Movement began fifty years ago, alongside second wave feminism, as the Fat Acceptance Movement. It started as an effort to combat social and legal inequalities surrounding those who do not conform to a slimmer body type. This movement led to the promotion of healthy ideals regarding different body types.  Societies like the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA) and Health at Every Size(HAES) were formed.

healthy

Since then, designers have created fashion lines dedicated to plus size clothing.  Despite setbacks due to the diet and exercise culture of the 1980s, the Fat Acceptance movement did not disappear. In fact, a new group, The Body Positive, was created.

Seeking to teach everyone to cherish their bodies regardless of size, the group has added the term, “Body Positivity” to our vocabulary. Although “Fat Acceptance” is still an important movement, this group encourages everyone, including skinny individuals, to value their appearance.  It advocates against the pursuit of an ideal that cannot be achieved instead of asking the general public to attempt to conform to it.bpm3

Still, there is a misunderstanding in our culture regarding body acceptance.  In a recent interview with Barbara Walters, Jennifer Lawrence said, “I just think it should be illegal to call someone fat on TV. I mean if we’re regulating things like sex and cigarettes and cuss words, because of the effect it has on our younger generation, why aren’t we regulating things like calling people fat?”

Much was said about Lawrence’s quote, from news stations, to blog posts, and many lauded the movie star for speaking out against fat shaming.

I didn’t hear about Jennifer Lawrence’s talk with Barbara Walters until the media storm around it had died down.  However, in a discussion with my friend regarding body positivity, I realized that Lawrence’s statement just missed the mark. My friend told me she thought my body was beautiful. “And it’s so nice to cuddle with people who have an extra layer to them!” she added. She was paying me a compliment, which I took, but I could hear dancing around something with her word choice.

“You know,” I said. “You can call me fat. It’s just an adjective. For me, it’s the same as saying I’m tall, I have brown hair and blue eyes. I am fat.”

For a long time, this was not so. From a young age, I was called fat as an insult. Fat people on TV and in movies were invisible or made out to be jokes. Nobody outright said it, but diet infomercials told me being fat was wrong. Everyone in them said they were so much happier now that they were skinny. My mother never called me fat, but has encouraged me to diet since I was nine.

bpm1

Being fat has never been easy. Since discovering body positivity, I have learned to love myself for who I am AND for how I look. I have found encouragement from those who told me I was both beautiful and fat– the two did not have to be separate ideas. Now, being fat is very much a part of my identity. That’s where Ms. Lawrence’s words fell a little short for me.
While Lawrence was trying to speak out on bullying and name-calling, she still implies in her quote that being fat is shameful and equates it with cancer-causing cigarettes. The truth is that identifying someone as “fat” should not be illegal, but fat shaming should be. Fat people should not be ridiculed for being fat, no more than a person with blonde hair should be ridiculed for being blonde. However, too often people are humiliated by others because of their appearance.  Instead, they should be encouraged to love their bodies; regardless of race, size, hair

color, etc.  It is important to emphasize this to young women—so they spend their lifetime loving themselves, rather than trying to conform to a standard that no one can achieve. It is up to each individual to stand up for body positivity and end “fat shaming.” Our responsibility, as women, is to support one another for who we are– not for who society tells us we should be.

 

 

 

 

 

Lapis Blue: The NEW Color of Valentine’s Day

Written by Breckenridge Charapich

Special holidays often make us wonder, “What on earth should I wear?”  February is the month of romance and love, which includes all things pink and red.   People expect you to dress head to toe in one or both of these colors on Valentine’s Day.  Whether you are styling your date night outfit or a fabulous look for a night on the town with the girls, you want to stand out in a crowd. This year, surprise everyone with a unique outfit combination that is far from expected. For a look that is sure to be remembered, try wearing the color lapis blue. A few shades different from royal blue, it compliments every skin tone and hair color. Although it is eye catching, it is not over the top. Paired correctly, your Valentine’s outfit will look as it should– sexy and put together.  

 lapisblueshirt

Instead of adding a red statement piece, try some not so subtle red lips with a lapis blue dress and gorgeous gold heels. The red lips will make heads turn and the blue and gold will cause all eyes to gaze in your direction. Because the color works for everyone, it’s the fit of the top, skirt, or dress that should be the focus. Use subtle detailing to draw attention when the light hits you.  Find a piece with a bit of peplum or even some beading in silver or white. The little details can make any outfit stand out in a crowd.

dress

If by chance you aren’t able to find something with some extra detailing, a statement necklace is always the way to go. Be fearless.  Try something with a little bit more color, like a fun neon necklace, to add some contrast to the outfit. Neon is an unexpected addition to the blue, but will enhance the look you have created. Now that you have some ideas for the perfect outfit, go search your closet.  Better yet, treat yourself to a little shopping trip. Get ready to look fabulous and have fun on Valentine’s Day, no matter what you have planned!

Look Cute and Stay Warm!

To be cute or not to be cute?

That is the question that’s definitely been on most of our minds during this frigid winter. Freezing blasts of cold air have put a damper on daily ensembles around the nation. So who is this invisible enemy, daring us to tuck away sexy heels and lightweight jackets in favor of fur lidded puffer coats and ski masks?

Thanks to the Polar Vortex, a low pressure system of circulating cold air descending south from the North Pole, many of us have put fashion on the backburner in order not to freeze to death when having to deal with weather as low as 1° Fahrenheit in some areas. You shouldn’t have to choose between wanting to look cute and hypothermia, so here are some tips on how to survive the winter weather and still look fly:

  • LAYERS!  The number one way to make it through these frosty days is to pack on lots of layers. This is especially good for constantly moving from outdoors to an indoor setting. You can wear a nice coat, a scarf, a nice blazer, and a comfy cardigan underneath. For the main outfit, try a slip underneath your dress or layering t-shirts. Leggings can go under jeans or trousers or for a more whimsical look, try knee highs over tights!

picture1

  • OUTERWEAR: Puffer coats aren’t always the answer. (And if they are, try a less bulky one with a high collar or tailored waist!) This winter, don a double breasted wool pea coat instead, like a Jason Kole product, available at Macy’s for only 79.99!  www.macys.com                                                  
  • Keep your fingers warm and your hands adorable with quirky gloves and fingerless mittens! The Etsy shop, Yastikizi, specializes in handmade hand warmers and other winter fashion necessities to combat the cold weather in style! www.etsy.comwebsitecoldweather
  • Funky tights can add flavor to any drab winter ensemble! Retailers like SockDreams or Romwe have large collections of inexpensive one-of-a-kind legwear sure to make a scene.  www.sockdreams.com or www.romwe.com

 

Emerald Green

As featured in our March issue…

Green is not just for St. Patrick’s Day. The Pantone Color Institute has crowned emerald green as 2013’s “Color of the Year” — pleasing fashion mavens and leprechauns alike!

Taking over for Tangerine Tango (oh-so 2012!), emerald is set to make a splash this year in styles everywhere — from head to toe, eyelids to home décor, and more.

“Since antiquity, this luminous, magnificent hue has been the color of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions. Also the color of growth, renewal and prosperity, no other color conveys regeneration more than green. For centuries, many countries have chosen green to represent healing and unity,” reports Pantone.com.

So, how do you use the color of the year to represent something new for you? From daring to demure, emerald can be incorporated into tons of daily looks. For those who want all-in on the trend, try a sparkling sheath in the luxurious shade to brighten any party instantly (try channeling Angelina Jolie at the 2011 Golden Globes—that shade was a knockout!).

Or how about a pair of green jeans or ankle-length cigarette pants for the weekend, or a more casual office day where you still want to make an impact? Emerald pairs well with gray, dark berry, clean white, and cobalt blue — so try a crisp button down in one of those shades to complete the look.

Not feeling a whole-body emerald excursion? Not a problem! These more subtle touches can amp up any look just as well: green eyeliner can make eyes pop, an emerald manicure looks put-together on rounded nails, and velvet loafers or sleek pumps in this rich hue are a great complement to jeans and a blazer on date night.

Try taking the color from the streets to your living room. What about adding a few emerald-hued throw pillows to a cream-colored couch or replacing your boring tea kettle with a green version? The color has an energy that can bring a room together and invigorate visitors.

Whether these ideas are your cup of tea or not, incorporate emerald into your life somehow and get gorgeous with the Color of the Year!