Mid-Size Representation Rocks But We Need To Be Mindful

Vix xxx

  1. Laura

    July 27th, 2018 at 06:55

    I feel like this is a very loaded topic that often can’t be discussed critically without being labelled a fat shamer. Sure, we shouldn’t purposefully make people feel bad about their size, but also shouldn’t be normalising large sizes.
    The average dress size has gone up for two reasons. Not only are there more people at the top end. they are larger than in previous years. Then there are people at the lower end who buy clothes in larger sizes for comfort or aesthetic. And this makes the “average size” statement inaccurate and useless. And that’s without touching on the fact that sizing is more forgiving depending on the store you go to. I’m currently wearing some pyjamas from Primark that are sized 6/8 but I can barely get some size 12 jeans from New Look over my hips. This further invalidates the “average size” stats. If someone is happy at whatever size they are, that’s great. But I’ve seen so many people use “average” stats to justify their size, when psychologically if they were truly happy about their appearance they wouldn’t feel a need to justify it.
    But moreover, the size issue is often approached in a very simplistic way and doesn’t take into account that two people can be the same size and have different compositions. You have two size 14 women with one having exceptional muscle mass and the other having no muscle tone and a worrying percentage of body fat. One is a healthy body type the other isn’t.
    There are obvious health issues that can coincide with being larger (no matter how much people want to deny this) but there are also a lot of economic and environmental issues too. For example, the amount of fabric used to make clothing in those sizes, which is made a worse issue when you factor in disposable fashion trends. These clothes will take up more room in the washing machine, meaning more loads to wash the same number of pieces and higher energy cost. There’s higher food consumption which means higher food bills. And that’s just a few things.

    I wholly agree that the body positivity movement has been hijacked and replaced with the body acceptance movement. The former, I’m all for it. The latter has the very real potential to cause damage. To give my opinion context, I was anorexic because I was in a family of morbidly obese people. I am fully aware of the concerns and behaviour that occurs at both ends of the weight spectrum. And both ends say and do things in public that they do very differently in private.
    This is a deep issue and I wish people would take it more seriously instead of palming it off as shaming someone’s lifestyle choice. Thank you for shining a spotlight on it.

    Laura \ http://thatgallowaygirl.com/

  2. Alice

    July 27th, 2018 at 08:41

    Totally agree with all of this Vix, very well said! I was surprised when the midsizestyle account covers a size 10, as to me, that is still on the smaller end of the spectrum and looking at my size 10 friends, i would consider them slim and as you put it, benefiting from thin privilege. Then again, it very much is determined by your natural shape. A plus size model is still usually hourglass, with a small waist, and evenly shaped breasts and hips. You don’t often see particularly top heavy representation, or models with areas that are particularly larger – broad shoulders, chubby tummies and thick thighs are usually still represented in good proportions. Alice xxx


  3. Danielle Alexa

    July 28th, 2018 at 14:32

    I absolutely loved reading this blog post and agreed with every single thing that you said!

    Danielle xx

  4. Michelle

    August 10th, 2018 at 00:25

    Absolutely agree with you Vix. I was very overweight as a teen and my main motivation for losing weight wasn’t healthy – I didn’t want to be fitter, I wanted to wear the clothes all my friends were. I wonder if I would have felt the same if I hadn’t been surrounded by girls with thigh gaps and toned arms who were 40kgs lighter than me? I’m glad I lost weight because it did help me find motivation for exercise but it took so much longer for me to work on my mental outlook and learn to love my curves. Now I love them and don’t want to lose weight but exercise so I feel fit and strong! I’m loving the rise of mid-size because I’ve always felt like I wasn’t represented by plus-size or the thin models I saw.

  5. kirstie norris

    August 21st, 2018 at 13:16

    I am a 10-12 and even though I’m on the smaller end of the midsize I really do feel like I’m part of it. I’m 5 ft and curvy which causes a bit of trouble in the shopping department so when I do find something that looks great I want to tell everyone else that may be having a bit of a struggle too! All in all it’s about being kind to each other and supporting women (and men!) what ever their size. It’s so nice to follow blogs and instagram accounts of people that I can relate my body shape to when shopping their style, Lovely post xx

  6. vixmeldrew

    August 22nd, 2018 at 14:25

    Thank you! I agree, I love following more people who are similar to me.

Members Area