I first heard about Pinterest 4 or 5 years ago. A tutoring client of mine was a crafter and she was hooked. She showed me the site, raving, one day after a tutoring session.
Shoot, I’m crafy, I thought. So I gave it a try and started an account. After thirty minutes or so of scrolling through a mish-mosh of random pictures, I was over it. I just didn’t get the point.
I didn’t even give a thought to Pinterest again for a couple of years. It was around the same time I originally wrote “Don’t Wait Until You’re Thin.” My quest to start living in the now instead of some distant skinny future brought the virtual cork board back to mind. I had made up my mind to be beautiful, all 270 pounds of me. I wasn’t going to wait any longer.
But how was a fat girl supposed to accomplish such a monumental task? As a general rule, we are told to dress to downplay, cover-up, minimize, and disguise. Good chubby girls use their clothing to shield the world from their hefty bodies so no one has to be uncomfortable at the sight of all that flesh.
It was straight rebellious of me, but I didn’t care anymore. I wanted my wardrobe to be fashionable.
Have you ever heard the old adage, “Dress for the job you want?” Well, I wanted to be the gorgeous, polished, put together diva. I needed my wardrobe to align with my life goals.
What I needed was a little bit of inspiration.
So I made my way back to Pinterest, typed plus size fashion in the search bar and started scrolling.
There were all these women breaking all these rules and slaying it.
They were wearing horizontal stripes. Bikinis. Daring crop tops. Bathing suits without skirts. Sheer little skirts. The dreaded white pants. Color, color, and more color. Layers. Frilly Tutus. Jumpsuits. Short Shorts. All kinds of form–fitting. Mixing prints. There was Elly even rockin’ her bald head.
I made a board. I started pinning. I pinned and I pinned and I pinned.
My fashion board has since filled up with thousands of pins. Hundreds of other women have even started following it. To all of them and to all of you, I have one thing to say….
Don’t wait. Start today. Fat girl, dress pretty.