So why does fashion blogging feel so much harder? Why do I feel like I need to be an expert fashionista before I’m allowed to talk about it when that was never the case before?
The honest answer is that I didn't feel pretty enough to talk about fashion.
There was a time not so long ago when I stopped taking pictures of myself completely because I felt embarrassed about how much weight I had gained during quarantine.
Before when I was sharing my art skills it had nothing to do with what I looked like and fashion always seemed like a “skinny person” hobby. Then adding my never-ending gender identity crisis into the mix, just made me feel like I wasn’t “girly” enough to talk about clothes.
What total fucking bullshit right? That changes right now!
WHY DO I WANT TO BE A FASHION BLOGGER ANYWAYS?
Because I never thought I could because I was too fat, too old (I’m 33), and too outside the mainstream of what you expect to see in a fashion blogger. But the reality is, that there are more people that look like me and share my struggles than I ever realized.
I want to smash all our ideas of gender when it comes to clothes because let's face it guys look hot as fuck in skirts and women wearing oversized tees and loungewear is not only comfy but super attractive. Why did we ever feel the need to only shop in our segmented sides of the clothing store aisle anyway?
I know it’s a mixture of society and the marketing departments of mega fashion brands that have been making all the rules thus far, but thanks to the internet more and more independent artists, fashion designers, and small businesses are changing the norm. I hope to be one of them.
WHAT INSPIRED ME TO START MY ALTERNATIVE CLOTHING BRAND?
As an artist, I would often buy merch made by other illustrators I wanted to support. But unfortunately, they rarely fit because places like Cotton Bureau and my friend's online shops only went up to an XL in Women’s (which we all know feels more like a medium sometimes).
It wasn’t till I had accumulated an overwhelming pile of graphic t-shirts that were in my “maybe one day they will fit” pile that realized I should make my own apparel but make it more inclusive.
I started with just one design, my popular Pass Joints, Not Judgment graphic and I put it on a unisex tee that went up to a 3X and a unisex hoodie that went up to a 5X. I sold out within just a few days and I’ve been hooked ever since with over 90 different pieces of apparel that now include shorts, swimwear, hats, crop tops, and more.
WHAT KIND OF TOPICS WILL I BE WRITING ABOUT AS A FASHION BLOGGER?
As a non-binary plus-sized human much of the content I’ll be making will center around finding clothes for larger gender non-conforming bodies. But I will make sure that my articles and videos on social will also be helpful to my cis and straight-sized friends as well.
If that describes you please keep in mind, that the entire fashion world is already being served on a silver platter to you. It’s time we let others enjoy the comfort of clothes that not only fit but help them feel confident as hell.
I posted this Reel on Instagram yesterday asking what topics I should focus on first, and here is a list I have on my fashion blog to-do list. Over the next few months, I hope to go back to this first article and hyperlink them for you to enjoy.
Gender-inclusive and size-inclusive clothing brands for my non-binary friends
Sensory-friendly fashion options for sensitive sexy adults
So you’ve just come out as non-binary and you want to dress more androgynous. How to “come out” dressing less fem.
How to add statement pieces to add to a normally boring outfit
The secret to finding a pair of plus-sized jeans that actually fit (even when you’re sitting down)
My favorite plus size fem, masc, and androgynous outfit ideas
My ultimate earth tone fashion closet for my plus size baddies
The best places to shop for plus-size winter clothes that are cozy, warm, and don't have flower patterns.
How to find clothes that fit your gender expression from day to day
My top 10 non-binary fashion icons that inspire me the most on TikTok
How do I hide my boobs and curves in my masc wardrobe?
The 6 staples every non-binary fashion icon needs in their androgynous closet
Do you have any other ideas for articles I should write about?