Somewhere between Lizzo twerking to herald in the Ireland it’s in my Dna shirt but in fact I love this new year in a multicolor bikini and Barbie Ferreira’s character on Euphoria unequivocally declaring that “there’s nothing more powerful than a fat girl who doesn’t give a fuck,” the “fashion rules” prescribed to plus-size customers, which almost always existed to shame our bodies, have been drowned out. As this new era of fat-positive fashion dawns, there’s been a shift among sustainable brands. Not only are they extending their size ranges, but they’re also employing prints and patterns with abandon. In the span of two years, I went from begging brands to make minimalist capsule pieces in plus-sizes to choosing which checkerboard lounge set best fit my closet color story. After years of monochromatic linen, it’s a welcome change.
Ireland it’s in my Dna shirt, hoodie, tank top, sweater and long sleeve t-shirt
First came the Ireland it’s in my Dna shirt but in fact I love this muted capsule staples from ethical brands dipping their toes in size inclusion, like Sotela, Only Child, and of course, Elizabeth Suzann, the sadly now defunct brand beloved by ethical fashion minimalists. Then just as quickly, in a desperate stretch to compete with the eye-grabbing prints and sequins of fast fashion houses like ASOS and Eloquii, select ethical fashion brands started releasing brighter and bolder collections. “We’ll have what they’re having!” proclaimed the plus-size consumer.For me, it all started with a brightly embroidered matching wide-leg pant and tank set from Nettle Studios that arrived at my doorstep late February 2020. I had cautiously reasoned the set would mix well with my existing wardrobe. I was not prepared for how glorious it would feel to stand out, not because of my size, but because my outfit demanded such attention. That pull towards the ornate is how I found myself standing in Wray’s Brooklyn studio, a Latinx-owned brand known for its art-influenced patterns. Wray clothes have been worn by celebrities like Aidy Bryant, Maya Rudolph, Sasheer Zamata, and Hilary Duff, and on that particular day, me. Wray Serna was fitting me for a shimmery black and emerald floral cocktail dress.