With the body positive movement that has been rampant in recent times, I'd like to address another issue that most of us face, which we may not even realize and acknowledge. While most of us are already body positive or are still getting there, there's this thing called "vanity sizing" that seems to hinder our progress. If you don't know what that means, in the most simplest terms, a brand labels it's sizes smaller than a regular size. So if Brand A has a pair of 28 waist denims, Brand B will use the vanity sizing method and run the same pair with the label saying 27 or 26. And which woman doesn't like to wear a size smaller than they do usually? We all do right. Also most of us would prefer brand B to brand A, since A makes us feel bigger.
There's no shame in admitting it. I used to be ecstatic to fit into an XS, because that's not my usual size. It was some sort of pride that made me feel better about myself. But not like anyone was even judging me for it! Thankfully I've matured a lot from that train of thought, also I did go up a couple of sizes and can no more fit very comfortably into an S, thanks to my broad shoulders and generous upper body. But there came a new revelation some time ago, where I found a really cute tunic in a size 18 (I've been talking about this for so long, that I've finally decided to revolve my post around it) which is almost 4 sizes bigger than my regular size, and they didn't even have my size then. I still tried on the tunic, and of course it was a dress for me. My mom said it looked bad, but it also had a belt, and it looked pretty decent when I belted it, so I decided to get it. After a few wears, I once wore it without the belt (because I was in a rush to an event and forgot the belt) and when I turned up, all my friends complimented and adored my tunic-dress. I very proudly said it was a size 18, but to my size 10-12 frame, it was a prefect shift dress. After that, I've been hooked to tunics that are size 18 and above.
This brings me to the lovely tunic featured in this post. Shopping in Dubai is my weakness because the offers and sales here are just too good to be true. So when I found this amazing printed piece, I had to get it - 41 dirhams on sale, seemed like a dream, and there was just one size 18 left and I took it as a sign. While the piece was slightly sheer, it wasn't a huge problem that couldn't be solved with nude underwear, also, never go for black, it always shows! With the tunic's comfortable fit and carefree vibe, I added a slight boho touch with my sling bag and flat sandals. I had planned a day at the beach originally, however it got too hot and we decided to go to the mall instead. When I got to the mall, we was greeted by this cascade of beautiful pink flowers that I walked back in the sun just to get these pictures!
Tunic worn as dress: Max Fashion, Dubai | Fringe bag: Steve Madden | Flats: Call it Spring | Bracelets: Dragon mart and Silvette | Sunnies: Aldo
Images: Patrick Miranda
Location: Mall Of The Emirates, entrance