OOTD: Offending Upper East Siders with Short Shorts
Sunday morning I found and fell in love with my first pair of red cut offs. Comfortable, bright and fun. Sold.
Sunday evening my husband and I went to the UES to go to our favorite sushi spot. We also did a little shopping along 86th St. In the course of the few hours we were in the neighborhood, I was openly sneered at and stank-faced numerous times. Pointed looks were directed at my shorts.
I wish I could say no fucks were given, but that would be dishonest. Despite my confidence being the highest it’s ever been (and despite my wonderful and supportive husband reminding me, in no uncertain terms, that anyone who has a problem with my legs is an asshole), it still got under my skin a bit. I went from enjoying the hot but pleasant weather and the company of my favorite person to feeling angry and uncomfortable.
In short, it sucked.
I hate to think how girls (and women) who are not as comfortable with themselves would feel. Hell, a scant 6 months ago, before I discovered body positivity and fatshion blogs, I might have internalized those looks and decided that maybe shorts shorts weren’t “for me.”
So I’m sharing this as a thank you. Thank you to all the women (and men) in the fatshion community for sharing your beautiful pictures; and for your frank discussions of the struggles that accompany expressing yourself freely through fashion, instead of minimizing yourself for the comfort of society. Visual representation matters, and seeing all of the stylish, confident (or working towards confident) women has had such an impact on my thinking and life. I truly appreciate it, and I know others do too.