Fashion can be a tricky field to navigate -- and it was even more unforgiving when the industry only accepted and designed for one particular body type. Fortunately, the world of fashion is changing in a positive way, in part prompted by online enthusiasts who promote stylish clothes for all women. In line with body-positive philosophy, the following Instagram hashtags are proving that great fashion sense comes in all shapes and sizes -- while providing amazing style inspiration for all followers.
The #HonorMyCurves movement started with @HonorCurve's Instagram account, where she shared her experiences in fashion and learning to honor her body. This account became part of a movement and a united "quest to be kinder to our bodies as they are today." The HonorMyCurves hashtag followed as a way for others to share their own journeys in fashion and self-love, offering encouragement and inspiration to others.
Even outside Instagram, Beauty Beyond Size has become a huge movement in the fashion industry. Focused on removing society's standards of attractiveness, Beauty Beyond Size is all about showing that true beauty is not a particular size or shape. The #BeautyBeyondSize hashtag is an extension of this movement, allowing all women to show their style and reminding followers that beauty is in being yourself.
Newer to Instagram, the #WeWeareWhatWeWant campaign was designed to encourage plus-size women to wear the styles they prefer -- rather than what society and fashion standards dictate they should wear. It was started by Simone Mariposa at the suggestion of a Twitter follower, with the goal of inspiring "women to feel comfortable in whatever they wear" and has gained a huge following on Instagram.
#AndIGetDressed is the body-positive Instagram hashtag that serves as the source for the images on fashion blogger Kellie Brown's @AndIGetDressed Instagram account. Styles shared on this hashtag vary greatly, and Brown's refined curation of these stylish photos is inspiration in all sizes and has been described as a body-positive interpretation of Vogue.
Though this size-inclusive style hashtag was created by a brand, #FashionTruth is about far more than selling vintage-inspired clothing. @ModCloth's fashions do make regular appearances on this hashtag, but the focus is on providing women of all sizes a way to show off their personal "fashion truths." The result is a feed filled with bright, colorful outfits and wide-ranging inspiration for every taste in fashion -- from vintage to modern.
Another crowd-sourced destination for body-positive style inspiration, the #PlusSizeOOTD hashtag encourages plus-size women to flaunt their fashion sense by sharing their favorite outfits. From formal wear to business attire and casual clothes, followers can get size-inclusive fashion ideas for every occasion -- from the everyday to the epic event.
The Instagram hashtag for #CelebrateMySize features everything from selfies to more stylized fashion shoots, all of which celebrate both beauty and style in every shape and size. It also features the occasional quote to encourage body-positive thinking as well as Polyvore-style selections of complete, accessorized outfits.
For fashion enthusiasts, these Instagram hashtags show that style is not a size and that beauty is about being true to yourself and your personal sense of style. Along with outfit inspiration, these hashtags encourage women to be comfortable in the clothes they choose to wear, whatever those clothes may be.
#EveryBODYdeservesLOVE is not only a hashtag; it's a movement. Every BODY Deserves LOVE was created by Human Services Professional and Plus-Model, Alexa Phelece. Alexa Phelece always struggled with her self-confidence and accepting her body. In the past year, she starting modeling in the plus size industry and her views about her body and self-love changed. She is continually working on loving herself and she wants to inspire other to the same. This movement encourages people from all walks of life, religions, races, sizes, and gender to love and accept themselves no matter the opinions of others. She hopes to one day, turn this movement into an organization that focuses on developing individuals mental health and helps them discover different ways to build their self-confidence and overall happiness.
#UnitedUnderFashion is the official tagline and hashtag of Love U Magazine. It was created by the magazine’s Founding Editor/Editor-in-Chief, Chelsea Dixon, with a goal for women of all sizes to see themselves represented in the magazine and to feel empowered. Women’s publications have previously catered solely to traditional industry standards or to the plus-size market. The phrase ‘United Under Fashion’ is a reminder that fashionistas come in all sizes and it encourages women to unite and uplift each other. The magazine prides itself on being inclusive in the truest sense of the word, which means small/thin-size, middle-size and plus-size women are featured. Love U Magazine encourages all women who believe in the empowerment and beauty of women to use the hashtag as a way to embrace all that it stands for.
Created by MsLindsayM the #SelfiesForSelfLove hashtag and Instagram page that reposts images from the tag the movement has two specific goals. The first is to have people see themselves and their bodies in a more positive light as a result of taking selfies. Selfies can help people become more comfortable with how the body appears and to learn to love all of their best features and maybe even their so-called flaws.
The second goal is to increase the representation of diverse people seen in the media, specifically on social media. Not only are people able to see beautiful photos of themselves but they can also see images of people who look like them. People who are loving their bodies despite not fitting into that very narrow mold the beauty industry has created.
#EffYourBeautyStandards is the original, and also the most popular, body positive hashtag created by Tess Holiday. Like, #SelfiesForSelfLove, this hashtag has an associated page run by several admins with a variety of backgrounds. If you are looking for an instant body love boost, this hashtag is worth browsing regularly and the page is a must follow. With over 2 million uses it is an incredible source of diversity and radical self-acceptance.
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