I’ve been ‘plus size’ or fat (let’s not make it dirty word) pretty much my entire life. Shame about my body and the way it looks has haunted me throughout those awkward pre-teen and teen years, onto my 20s and now 30s.
Constant obsessing over what goes in my body and how I move it over took my life. I lost around 20kgs and 3 dress sizes for my wedding in my late 20s, and then gained it all back and then some in my early 30s. I’ve gained ‘baby weight’ and not managed to ‘bounce back’. To be honest, I’m really, really done with the shame and stigma that comes with being in a bigger body.
One thing that has really helped me start to zen out about it is secondhand shopping. I no longer have to spend hours shopping in boutiques trying to fit into the latest unflattering trend. I can find clothes (and alot of them) which flatter my curves and make me feel fantastic in a range of shapes, cuts and sizes. If I no longer fit into something or it no longer ‘sparks joy’, it gets donated or I resell it. I’ve taken the power back from my clothes and it feels great.
My journey has taken a few twisty roads, and I’m still hiking up the self love mountain, but I think I’m in a much better place than I was. If you want to feel a bit of relief too, here are some of my tips to really kick those fat shamers’ butts when secondhand shopping:
Any other tips to share? Otherwise, I’ll see you at the op shop,