Recently, TikTok user Brooklyn Allen has been getting attention for how she recreates trending Pinterest fashions for plus-size bodies.
These trending styles — as you would expect from our modern era — cater to a certain body type. Slim with minimal curves. Basically, fashion uses the lumber section at Home Depot as body inspo. For anyone who doesn’t fit into that type (read: most people), fashion can be cruel and unforgiving. For those who do (including this writer, so don’t get mad at me for the Home Depot comment!), we need to demand more body diversity. Because looking at clothes on lumber gets boring after a few decades.
Allen has been doing her Pinterest-inspired series for some time now, and styles clothing for someone who is or around a size 14-16.
Here, she demonstrates a great look for spring and summer.
The outfit is a simple white, cropped tank top with high-rise jeans, sunglasses and a headscarf.
Here’s Allen’s recreation. It’s cute as hell.
She even manages to make the ’90s/early 2000s armpit purse look like it completes the outfit. A feat not done by many.
Other TikTok users loved the look, and seeing it recreated equally as chic in plus size gave many people confidence about their own bodies.
The video series received enough attention that Allen began uploading more trending styles to TikTok. Here’s an outfit Allen says is perceived differently on plus-size bodies.
And here’s Allen’s version.
But this TikTok in particular is getting attention for the double standard Allen brings up.
In the video she says “I’m missing the key accessory that makes these outfits so desirable and perfect to society, and that is a flat stomach.”
She’s not wrong.
“Flat stomachs are accessorized in the sense that they are an add-on to an outfit,” she said. “People view an outfit as better because there is a flat stomach attached onto it. Whereas if a fat woman wears the same thing, we’re viewed as ‘gross,’ ‘showing too much,’ ‘provocative.’ That’s fatphobia.”
Here is Allen’s recreation of this Pinterest style.
In an interview with BuzzFeed, Allen said she hopes her videos inspire her followers to feel confident wearing what they want.
“I’m sure I wasn’t the first plus-size person to do it, but I felt like with my specific body type and size, I could help a lot of my followers understand that they can wear anything they want and look great doing it! I chose Pinterest outfits specifically because it was already a trend, and I noticed that Pinterest is a platform where you generally only see the beauty standard body type being represented in fashion.”