The truth is you should be able to wear what you want – whatever you feel comfortable in. The reality is that social norms and companies put pressure on you to dress a certain way. So how can you wear whatever the hell you want?!
WEAR WHAT YOU WANT: BEACHWEAR
Let’s use beachwear as an example. If you look at the trend over the years, the looks are getting more and more revealing.
I’d like to stress that there isn’t anything wrong with that!
I really do believe you should dress the way you want to. So what’s really holding you and a lot of other women back?
You may not necessarily feel comfortable in what clothing companies have to offer or what Instagram is trying to tell you. It could be that there’s too much skin showing or that it accentuates parts of your body you aren’t the fondest of.
SOLVING THE PROBLEM
What I think would help (and we’re kind of seeing more of this) is variation. Women of different shapes, but particular the “plus size models”, are showing off their confidence in one-piece swimwear. While that’s great, the one-piece coming back in trend isn’t necessarily meant to make more women comfortable about their bodies.
Even if that is the way it’s being portrayed right now, I think it’s simply something that has come back into style.
I think we should have more examples of women in all types of swimwear – once again just focusing on this subsection of clothing as an example. We should show women in swimming shorts, crop tops, and even full rash guard (what surfers wear).
Don’t you think this would help you feel more comfortable with what you’re wearing?
I think there are added benefits to this as well. You won’t compare yourself to others because you won’t all be wearing the same thing.
Now, I know that people already wear what they feel comfortable in to a certain degree – although sometimes it’s just a shirt over a swimsuit…
Anyway…by promoting different variations and options in swimwear, it means that women can be empowered with confidence. Knowing that others can rock something that you like to wear is an amazing feeling. It brings you into an accepting group mentality.
All of this would allow you to focus on what’s important – to just enjoy some fun in the sun, on the sand, and in the water!
CHANGE THE WORLD
I’m not saying clothing companies have an obligation to do any of this. In fact, I don’t think they should. We as a society should show them what we want and they can change to our needs. That’s really the way businesses should work anyway.
I don’t know how much I can do this on my own, but I’m doing my best. I’ve been trying to show off as much variation in women’s clothing, shape, etc. through artistic, inspirational images. Although I will confess that there are a few things I do look for in great portrait models when I’m doing my own personal photoshoots.
We can also easily transfer this same ideals to other areas of our lives – it isn’t just about clothing.
BONUS: INSTAGRAM THOUGHTS
So I asked my Made by Ten Instagram followers to vote on two images I had edited (the ones you see above).
The majority of votes went to the left, but some could appreciate the vintage/old-photo look I created of the image on the right. It only occurred to me that I should show both (although to be respectful the image above has the vintage look blurred out). Just like your choice of swimwear, there is room for everyone to choose whatever they like best!
Here are both of the images (which do you like best?):
Let me know what you think about all this and if I’m on the right track or I’m crazy. Just leave a comment below!
Jonathan How is the photographer behind Made by Ten and calls Milton his home. He specializes in creating beautiful, creative portraits of real women. He uses photography (and this blog) to help them build confidence and love for themselves and creates artistic images for their homes and offices. You can see him driving around the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) in Ontario, Canada from portrait to fashion shoot and back again.