FASHION / BEAUTY
Fashion/Beauty information for SSBBWs/BBWs
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I have been thinking about doing a "Life Hacks for the Fats" article for a while. Life, and navigating life, is about trial and error. What better way to learn tips and tricks than from those who know best and lead fat lives? So, I put a call out to the lovely ladies who are members of two Facebook groups, FatToo Anonymous (sister group to the plus size resale group FatToo) and Positively Fabulous, to help me with my article this month. Here are some of their helpful hints.
Hygiene and maintaining freshness can be a struggle for those with extra fluff. I live in the south and I sweat EVERYWHERE. It isn't a cute look. The first step in freshness is to make sure you are completely dry after a shower or bath. Lots of people recommended drying off with a fan or a blow dryer on the cool setting. I, personally, use a towel tucked under my tummy when I am getting ready in the morning. I also dry my belly button with a Q-Tip. Once you are dry, medicated body powders work great for making sure folds stay dry. One of the recurring tips was something called Lady Anti Monkey Butt powder. I found some on Amazon and decided to give it a shot. It works like Gold Bond or baby powder, but better. It smells nice and has a friction fighter. Why is this important? Because it can help with chub rub AND keep you dry. Other suggestions included feminine deodorant sprays that smell nice and keep sweat down, and deodorant anywhere you sweat. A few drops of tea tree oil in your body wash or tea tree oil spray also helps keep you dry and is an anti-fungal.
Shaving can be a struggle. If you can't get a spotter to help with your bikini area, lying down on a bed and maneuvering yourself seems to work well for most folks. A fantastic leg shaving tip is to zip tie your razor to a long plastic/wood rod. Buy an extra back scrubber tool and take the top off to attach your razor.
Chub rub between the thighs is a big deal. As I mentioned, Anti Monkey Butt works. You can also use deodorant, Monistat Chafing Relief, Body Glide Anti Chafe, or wear bloomers, bike shorts, leggings.
For ease in the bathroom: curved shower curtain rod, sponge/loofa on a stick, removable shower head, bench/chair for your shower, bidet attachment for your toilet, TP on a stick. Basically, get extra sticks or rods! ;-)
Clothing is a whole other issue that causes problems. Things show when you don't want them to, garments don't stay in place, etc. I have recently discovered a problem with the zipper on my jeans not staying up. You can loop a ring or a rubber band through your zipper and then around the button of your pants. This will keep your zipper in place. You can add a piece of ribbon or fabric with a snap to the inside of your shirt on your shoulders. This will attach your shirt to your bra and keep it from showing your bra strap. Here is a tutorial: http://dixiediy.blogspot.com/2013/05/adding-bra-strap-carriers-to-your.html. To prevent your belly from peeking out over pants or a skirt, you can wear a tank or belly band under your shirt. To give your extra belly room, lots of plus size women shop in the maternity section. If your belly is larger than your butt, wear your underwear or swimsuit bottom backwards to give you more coverage.
Readers, if you have any tips or tricks, I would love to hear them!
Written by: Nikki Langston
Fat Positive Blogs
Blogs are a wonderful source of information. I have found them to be a useful Fat resource, especially when it comes to body positivity and fatshion. It is so helpful to see what clothes look like on bodies that are shaped like ours. It is also helpful to know that there are others out there who have the same life struggles that we have. You might get a different perspective on how to deal with things, based on the experiences of others. SSBBW mag has a blog section. If you haven't checked it out, you should! SSBBW Magazine Blogs
I recently joined a group of plus size bloggers. We are taking one fashion topic a month and doing a blog hop. Our first topic was leggings. We all did a blog about it, linked our blogs, and published them at the same time. It is so great to see the many different ways an item can be worn on a fat person, from smaller plus to super plus.
Here is a link to my blog. In it, you will find the links to all the other blogs.
Here is a list of some fat positive blogs that might help you on your journey:
I know there are plenty more. I would love to hear about blogs you visit on a regular basis! Email me! <3
Written by: Nikki Langston
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