Modern feminists rant against beauty standards and encourage women to ignore them. Hashtag campaigns such as #wearwhateveryouwant and #vbo are examples of feminism encouraging women to ditch beauty tips. Instead, they tell us to flaunt our flaws and hide our assets.
Does any of this make sense to you? Of course, people can wear what they want, sure. Nobody has the right to stop them and no one is holding a gun to their heads, coercing them to adhere to fashion rules. But rebelling against beauty standards comes at a price. A very hefty price. Women don’t bother with basic grooming and end up looking sloppy.
Beauty standards and fashion rules have been around for decades and for good reason. When we bother to groom ourselves, we step out of the house feeling confident. We interact better with people. We don’t project our negative body image onto others.
When we follow fashion rules, we don’t risk flaunting what we don’t wish to flaunt. My body isn’t perfect; fuller boobs would be nice but I don’t want to go under the knife. This is why you won’t catch me in plunging necklines and, to me, that is perfectly fine.
By following fashion tips, I won’t feel conscious for the rest of the day that I’m exposing my less than perfect boobs. Instead, I’m quite happy to show a waistline and slim legs and get compliments for them. These compliments really make my day! : )
So while the body positive activists are doing really good work, here is where I disagree with them. It’s good to take fashion risks once in a while. But ignoring fashion rules and beauty standards? Well, they do so at their own peril.
Wishing you fun,