I think you lot all get the jist about how much I LOVE summer and how much I’m currently appreciating the lighter and warmer weather (although it has been a little dull in the North East the past few days!). I have after all been *trying* to create summer themed content and show off some summer trends, I even created a post on the reasons why I couldn’t wait for summer.
One of my main reasons was focused on Summer fashion and how I couldn’t wait to show off my figure again, ditching the jackets! I’ve been feeling really body confident and positive recently. I’m happy with how I look and feel. I’ve quit being on a diet and carving my summer body just hasn’t been a priority this past month. Life has literally been hectic but I have been making an effort to eat my greens and exercise. I’ve been marathon training which is great fun and has physical benefits, obvs ha!
After watching Love Island on Monday and seeing all those absolutely stunning girls strutting into the villa in their skimpy bikini’s with their slender figures, leaving almost nothing to the imagination, I felt, well, a bit frumpy. I’ll never look like these girls because I’m built differently and I’ve accepted that. They all look naturally thin and have obviously been blessed with those god damn good genes and that’s ok, but that doesn’t mean I don’t feel envious of their faultless figures.
I’m pretty sure I’m not the only women or man (have you seen Adam’s abs?!) to feel this way whilst watching Love Island. I feel I’m resilient enough shall we say, to not dwell on it. To not dwell on trying to look like these girls but it’s got me thinking what about those people who have body confidence issues? How does it make them feel?
Summer fashion can be daunting to us all, there’s no denying it. Showing more skin, wearing less clothing and revealing more of our selves is intimidating. Probably not so scary for the size 6 models on Love Island in their bikini’s but for your average gal like me it can be unnerving. Trying to blend in with the crowd is hard and I never try to be blend in with what the media is telling us we should be wearing, fashion is how I express myself but summer fashion can be limited. When I’m browsing online, it fees like the skinnier and smaller you are the better selection there is out there. It feels unfair on the plus size community that they have to be so restricted. It doesn’t surprise me that there’s such a big divide in the fashion community and brands really do need to be more diverse, providing for all shapes and sizes.
For me, summer fashion is all about colour, prints and most importantly being cool! I’m definitely not a natural beach babe in heat, that’s for sure. This outfit I’m wearing on these images is my idea of a practical, dressy, casual summer look. I’m LOVING this tropical print kimo, watcha’ think? Comfort is also essential and that starts with underwear then the actual outfit. I’m a huge fan the seamless underwear available at Knix, they’re the most comfortable underwear ever, have no panty lines, antimicrobial (a.k.a odour-killing), moisture-wicking, seamless…and the list goes on.
What I’m trying to get at is that compared to winter, when we’re all over the moon about wearing baggy jumpers, for some women in the summer fashion is terrifying and limited. We’re apart of a society whereas women were told to love ourselves and be body positive but it’s incredibly difficult when we’re bombarded with a representation of ‘skinny’ women.
Does summer fashion daunt you?
Photos by Plain Sarah Jayne