Like the stairway to heaven, but less sad, the ladder to crop tops will lead you to body positive nirvana. It is possible that you have never seen glorious fat ladies in amazing crop tops, but they are out there and the movement is taking off.
You may not be ready to jump right into bare bellies, and that is ok! You can start at the bottom; the easy part. 🙂
Things you will need on the first rung:
- High waist pants/jeans/skirts or light weight dresses
- An Instagram account
- A shirt that does not cover your butt
- I have been there, you like tunics cause they cover all the things that feel bad, but a journey starts with one step (up)
If you are a consummate tunic wearer, go easy on yourself. Look for a top that goes to your hips or waist. Look for something that still has some volume, it doesn’t have to be tight. Just get one; don’t go crazy. Put it on over a dress or with some high waist items. (please ignore the mess that is my house)
Just get used to wearing it around the house. If you have the crop with the high waist bottom, no skin is going to show. Even if you reach up or bend down. Once comfortable at home, go grocery shopping or for a walk around the block. I guarantee no one is going to say anything negative, in fact you may get some positive responses.
While you are getting used to this new shorter shirt reality, log into Insta and start following some fat babes who are on their own #selflovery journies. Here’s a few to get you started:
Dascha Polanco https://www.instagram.com/sheisdash/
Jessica Torres https://www.instagram.com/thisisjessicatorres/
Kelly Augustine https://www.instagram.com/kellyaugustineb/
Tanesha Awasthi https://www.instagram.com/girlwithcurves/
Nicolette Mason https://www.instagram.com/nicolettemason/
You don’t have to post your own pictures, but I urge you to take them. This is because as you get more used to wearing crop, you will notice that you hold your body differently. At first you might slouch a little, or tend to cross your arms, but eventually, you’ll notice you’re rockin it.
As you feel more comfortable, start moving up that ladder again. Go a little shorter, or take a longer, tighter crop top and tuck it into that high waist skirt. Put mesh over a shorter crop or bralette so you get the idea that you have skin under there, but aren’t really showing it. Feel free to repeat the steps from the beginning. Start out only wearing it at home, and once you feel comfortable, then go out for a walk or stop for gasoline or hit up the grocery store.
Eventually, you might even feel comfortable enough to stand in front of a mirror and see what a little sliver of belly looks like with a shorter crop top. And who knows, you might even end up rockin a two piece bathing suit. For more insta-inspo check #effyourbeautystandards and #goldenconfidence