Day two of our #BlogEveryDayInJune Challenge – a lot of bloggers started with this one yesterday – how very unlike me to be out of step. *FACE*
My blog name was actually a line from my profile on a dating site. It pretty much sums me up, I think – well, the me of recent years anyway.
Certainly in my youth, as a “fat” teenager I dressed terribly. There were no plus size stores locally – there was a market stall that did some big sizes, but I think my elderly grandmother would have found their offerings out-dated and old-fashioned.
Looking back, I was only a size 16/18 at most but I still struggled to find anything to fit me in the stores where my friends all shopped – I guess the late 70s/early 80s were not a good time for fatties!
Most of my wardrobe then consisted of my mother’s cast offs – she was smaller than me, but when I was 15, she proceeded to give birth to five babies in 5 years, so there were plenty of maternity clothes flying around – loose kaftan style dresses and billowing smock-tops. I guess I wore them, thinking they would hide me and I would blend into the background.
It wasn’t until several years later that I realised that as well as making me look DREADFUL, they were hiding NOTHING. You can drape a sofa in a massive throw, but it’s still a sofa, sat there in the corner, trying to blend in with the dining room chairs and the odd piano stool. (It’s okay, I have no idea what I’m talking about, either, before my friends start texting asking “WAS I THE PIANO STOOL?!”)
Clearly, I was born to stand out – the size and shape I am means people are going to look at me anyway, so you know what? I’m going to give them something to look at!
Also #SorryNotSorry I will not be apologising any time soon, (or in fact, ever) for my weight, my shape, the fact that I almost always have my fat arms out and my fat thighs on display. I have as much right to exist and dress the way I choose as everyone else, whether they are size 6, size 16 or size 36 – we all do!
And that’s it in a nutshell really – life is waaaaaay to short for smocks and apologies.
One life – let’s live it.
Please do click through and check out day two of #BlogEveryDayInJune with these lovelies – why not leave them a message saying hello, we all love to get comments – nice to know who’s out there!
Lisa – My Big Fat Blog