Stupid Plus-Size Fashion Rules: We Can Wear Stripes and Whatever Else We Want

Posted by on February 14, 2014

There are a lot of people out there in the world who have very strong opinions about what other people should wear and how other people should feel. Some people call them “fashion experts” and some people call them by what is sometimes a more appropriate title, “jerks.” When you’re plus-size, the number of fashion rules that are imposed on you go up ten-fold. Plus-size women are often giving the same offensive restrictions that people above age 30 are often given when dressing. Even the “adorkable” Zooey Deschanel gave an interview in Lucky magazine where she essentially shamed women above age 30 who wear short shorts: “Daisy Dukes are not for people over 30,” said Deschanel in her interview. “I’m just going to go out on a limb and say that right now.”

In honor of all of those so-called experts who like to take the fun out of fashion and impose stupid rules on people who dress the way they like, I aggregated some of the fashion trends that plus-size women are told they should stay away from, but can rock every day, anyway. Here’s our list of the stupidest plus-size fashion rules.

1. Crop Tops

crop top

I will not let your stupid fashion rules censor my wardrobe.

I really, really love crop tops. I have more than I know what to do with. I also weirdly think that they may be one of the most flattering clothing items you can put in your closet. If you want to wear a crop top, try pairing it with a high-waisted skirt or pants. Your midriff is cute, I promise.

2. Skinny Jeans

skinny jeans

Skintight jeans are a right, not a privilege.

Technically, these are jeggings, but it’s the same silhouette. Skinny jeans are awesome, comfy, and trendy, and you don’t need stick-thin legs to wear them. Just make sure that they’re not too tight or else they will be awful to peel off at the end of the night!

3. Horizontal Stripes

Striped bandage skirt

This striped bandage skirt is really flattering even though it breaks some fashion rules.

Horizontal stripes are supposed to make you look wide, so people almost immediately discount them. Guess what? Not true. Horizontal stripes only draw emphasis to the place that they are positioned on your body. If you don’t want emphasis on your hips, don’t wear horizontal stripes on your hips, but personally, I think stripes look great on hips. Va-va voom, ladies.

4. Flowy, Oversized Tops

There is health at every size, there is insecurity at every size, and there is beauty at every size.

There is health at every size, there is insecurity at every size, and there is beauty at every size.

Plus-size women are often told that they cannot wear oversized tops and dresses because oversized garments can make you look larger. But oversized stuff is comfy and easy to wear, so if you feel like wearing it, do so! To balance out a baggy top, try some skinny jeans!

5. Body-Con Dresses and Skirts

bodycon dresses

Rock a body-con dress and feel your confidence soar.

Body-con skirts look amazing with dolman sleeve tops and body-con dresses with leather jackets make me swoon. Don’t be afraid to wear tight-fitted clothing and take fashion chances. The magic always happens outside your comfort zone.

6. Daisy Dukes

I am proud of my figure and I love my curves, but that does not mean that I need to put other women down to feel good about my body.

I am proud of my figure and I love my curves.

For a while, I refused to wear short shorts out of fear of revealing my dreaded “cottage cheese” thighs, but this past Summer, I realized that I was missing out. It’s my body and what goes on it is my choice. There are always ways to make clothing work for your body, regardless of your weight. If there’s a really cute pair of shorts that you want to rock – go for it! I paired the shorts above with a billowy black top to balance out my bare legs. In the end, it’s all about what makes you comfortable.

There are so many more that I’ve been told to stay away from, but these six are the ones that come up the most frequently. How do you feel about these fashion rules? Are you a rule breaker? Let me know in the comments!

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