Fat fashion is evolving, and it’s honestly about damn time. It should go without saying, but I’ll say it anyway: The fashion world has a long way to go with the inclusion of fat bodies. However, if the past 10 years of plus size inclusion have anything to say about where the next decade will go, then buying clothes will no longer be a long-winded journey. Styling oneself can be hard when you take into account cost and size availability, and buying clothes that don’t even fit can stunt creativity and the fun of fashion. 

But as we expand what being fat means in fashion and everyday living, we should also cater to styles that make people feel like they’re part of the conversation. Department stores like Nordstrom and Target are rapidly expanding to offer extended sizes in both their native brands and the brands offered in their online (and in-store) selections. Additionally, young designers are taking the struggle of finding trendy—and vintage—clothes in large sizes into their own hands with indie brands and plus size-friendly hubs emerging on Instagram and TikTok, as well as targeted e-commerce sites.

By Amalia