Fashion rules the world. There are no two ways about it. It is as important to our existence, male or female, as basic amenities are. Right from the point of waking up, we choose what to wear; that’s making a fashion decision. When we go to sleep, we change our attire and decide what to wear; that’s also a fashion decision. Whatever comes in between makes our fashion statement. So when fashion is so omnipresent in our lives, why don’t we all get an equal share in it? Is fashion biased towards people of certain shapes and sizes? Or does fashion naturally gravitate towards the already fashionable? Unfortunately, in today’s world, plus sized men and women don’t have umpteen methods to be as fashionable as their thinner, fitter counterparts. Though the scenario for plus sized fashion is changing by leaps and bounds today, it’s still a far cry away from being as fashionable as smaller sizes that have been evolving for decades.
More than self-expression, fashion should be a means of self-empowerment and confidence. But what is the point of just talking about body positivity when there are no positive changes seen in any strata of fashion? As Shawn Grain Carter rightly said, “Fashion is only fashion when the masses buy it. If it's not bought by anyone, then it's not fashion, its art."
Love and light,