This past weekend, beautiful queens gathered together to join in celebration of diversity and body positivity at the annual CurvyCon. And even if you weren’t able to snag a ticket, there were some life lessons that we walked away with and know that sharing the empowering messages will not only educate but strengthen the curve community on how to move forward together.
- Your Voice Matters More Than You Think
One of the obvious things about the fashion industry is that it is extremely exclusive, yet curve sales are over $18 billion at this point. The question of this disconnect always comes up, and while there is no easy answer to such a complex issue, we have to speak up and stop supporting brands that don’t make curvy women a priority. There’s no logic in giving your money to brands that don’t see you as part of their vision, and if there’s a brand you love that doesn’t have extended sizing, speak up. The power of social media can make your voice be heard more than you thought.
- Body Positivity Has to Be More Inclusive
People are very quick to include the same type of curve model over and over again—even if it’s not the same model, it’s the same hourglass figure which isn’t fair. Body positivity in magazines, campaigns, and any form can’t stop at a size 16; there has to be more of an effort to include women with a range of body types and not what society has deemed to be acceptable when curvy.
- You Have To Be Fearless With Trends
Stores will make you feel like only certain trends are appropriate for certain sizes, but we know you’re smart enough to know that’s not the truth. Pushing your style further than tucking a blouse into a skirt, or trying to hide what society deems as “flaws” will only make you feel more confident and your style enviable. Even if there’s a runway trend like the popular off-the-shoulder tops or criss-cross crop tops, go for it! Don’t wait to start living your life.
- A Tailor Is Expensive But Worth The Money
Yes it is a pain to have to pay to get things to look exactly how you want them to look, but it will also help you build a wardrobe full of investment pieces that you can wear over time and love. Designers use standard cuts to make clothing, and often it doesn’t fit or pull or hit where you want it to—so if it’s something like a leather jacket, or killer black dress you plan on wearing to various occasions it’s worth getting it tailored.