I watched a video today that featured Amy Poehler in "Ask Amy". She talked about loving yourself for what your body has and not focusing on what it can't have. It was pretty fantastic [watch here] and got me thinking about my own body issues.
I've been consistently overweight since I was about nine years old. It was impossible to find kids/teen clothes in the typical stores that my friends would shop at. I had to shop in the women's department of Macy's, Lord and Taylors, etc, because there were no plus size clothes for kids. Shopping was a nightmare for me because I could never find anything to wear. My mom would have to drag me to buy clothes and I kicked and screamed the entire way.
As every woman knows, the feeling of having going shopping and not finding anything that fits is demoralizing. Having that feeling as a kid/teenager is even worse. I was already unhappy with how I looked and I would get depressed every time I had to go shopping.
A few years back I started exercising, eating right, and lost a lot of weight. It was great for a year or so, I was down to a size 8 and could shop pretty much anywhere I wanted. Then I started gaining weight again, and all of the old feelings came rushing back. Lucky for me, I found Pinup Girl Clothing.
The reason I'm writing all of this? Because Pinup looks great on every size and shape. Whether you are tall or short, fat or skinny, Pinup dresses will look amazing on you. It's the first store I've encountered where carrying 2X and 3X isn't an anomaly, it's a normal occurrence. Pinup celebrates our bodies instead of trying to hide them.
I'm tired of shopping at stores that rarely stock L sizes and an XL or above is nowhere to be found. I may not be completely happy with how I look, but I am certainly not ashamed of it. I want to shop at a store with dresses that actually fit my upper body and I don't have to wear Spanx just to zip them up.
Pinup Girl Clothing is that place. I am happy in their dresses. I love how I look and I love how I am representing my body to the world.
Clothing should make you happy, not miserable. Pinup helps me do that.