Fashion

Fa(t)shion February – Keep calm and wear tights as pants.

7 February, 2011

So, I know tights as pants is a contentious issue. For some reason or another, people find them to be utterly horrifying and tantamount to some of the greatest evil acts in the world. I think these people need to sit down, have some tea and probably click away from this post right now. However I know many will scroll down despite themselves. And you should, because I’m offering you the opportunity to see my spectacular thighs. It’s a wondrous thing, trust me.

Let’s take it slowly…

Outfit photo of me, a fat pale skinned lady, emerging from a door. I'm wearing a purple and grey tie dyed tshirt with black leggings with sheer cut outs as well as a pink fat necklace.
[Image – Outfit photo of me, a fat pale skinned lady, emerging from a door. I’m wearing a purple and grey tie dyed tshirt with black leggings with sheer cut outs as well as a pink fat necklace.]

Outfit photo of me, a fat pale skinned lady, stepping out of the door. I'm wearing a purple and grey tie dyed tshirt with black leggings with sheer cut outs as well as a pink fat necklace.
[Image – Outfit photo of me, a fat pale skinned lady, stepping out of the door. I'm wearing a purple and grey tie dyed tshirt with black leggings with sheer cut outs as well as a pink fat necklace.]

AND WHAMMO, HERE’S MY THIGHS!

Outfit photo of me, a fat pale skinned lady, posing with one hand on my hip. I'm wearing a purple and grey tie dyed tshirt with black leggings with sheer cut outs as well as a pink fat necklace.
[Image – Outfit photo of me, a fat pale skinned lady, posing with one hand on my hip. I’m wearing a purple and grey tie dyed tshirt with black leggings with sheer cut outs as well as a pink fat necklace.]

Outfit photo of me, a fat pale skinned lady, posing with both my hands on my hips with my butt facing the camera. I'm wearing a purple and grey tie dyed tshirt with black leggings with sheer cut outs.
[Image – Outfit photo of me, a fat pale skinned lady, posing with both my hands on my hips with my butt facing the camera. I’m wearing a purple and grey tie dyed tshirt with black leggings with sheer cut outs.]

Outfit photo of me, a fat pale skinned lady, posing side on with my hand on my hip. I'm wearing a purple and grey tie dyed tshirt with black leggings with sheer cut outs as well as a pink fat necklace.
[Image – Outfit photo of me, a fat pale skinned lady, posing side on with my hand on my hip. I’m wearing a purple and grey tie dyed tshirt with black leggings with sheer cut outs as well as a pink fat necklace.]

It’s pretty hot in Brisbane. Actually, rather than hot it’s steamy. Like living your life in a sauna without the option of getting the hell out of there when you’re about to pass out. Unless you’ve got air con (and we do not!) So today I just wanted to wear something cool, something nonrestrictive. And I wanted to rock the boat a little too and represent those of us who don’t have conventional bodies who deserve the freedom to wear what we damn well want – especially when it’s freaking humid!

Top – Made by me (seriously just a rectangle folded over, sewn up the sides with a slit cut in the neck!)
Leggings/tights/whatever you call them – Asos (they have a lot of cotton and are cooler than other leggings)
Shoes – Evans
Necklaces – fat necklace by me, others from ebay and a gift.

Speaking of fat necklaces, I’m going to do another preorder in about a week. I have heard you when you say you want more, and I want to give you more! I’m also planning on releasing ULTRA AWESOME fat necklaces made out of purple hologram and gold mirror. Excited? I know I am. Stay tuned!

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  • Bnefatgal

    The t-shirt alone would have been cooler. I can’t think of anything much more restrictive than tights on a summer’s day. :/

  • Anonymous

    Who wants chafe though, I’d go tights as well for sure, in fact I live in Rockhampton and wore a short dress and tights yesterday.

  • I bought some cheap as short black bike pants with lace inserts from Yours Clothing that I wear with skirts and dresses. NEVER GONNA GIVE THEM UP!

  • Oh for sure, but I wonder if I should edge the blogging world towards my naked thighs one bit at a time? The leggings really are quite cool though!

  • Only if one is able to sit splay-legged. Tights are a bit restrictive, but developing a thick rash on one’s inner thighs from chafing is infinitely more uncomfortable.

  • good god, if only you could make the Fat necklaces in some sort of glitter vs. plastic variations.
    EXCITED!

  • Maybe I’ll experiment with glue and glitter, hmmm! It’d probably shed glitter everywhere (although some people might dig that, it’d drive me up the wall.)

  • Anonymous

    I’ve tried leggings, but they’re so sweaty that they were really not fun (luckily I’m a Victorian and it’s been an extraordinarily cool summer here). I might have to try those cotton-rich Asos ones, though – cotton and my skin co-operate very well when bare thighs and chafing do not.

  • Erin

    I wore awesome bright blue leggings today with a dress that is a little short on me (like most things are when you’re 6 foot tall!). As a result, I’ve spent far too much time stressing about people seeing my hideously large and wobbly thighs and wishing I was one of those people who just rocked their look no matter what size they are and then here you are, popping up in my Facebook feed with your fabulousness! You are one of those people who I see sometimes on the street and wish I could hug because you are sheer awesome. Next time I am in Brisbane and I happen to see you, look out!

  • Michelle Walker Designs

    As lovely as you look i am sorry i cant condone tights as pants.
    Mox

  • Did you tie dye the top yourself? I kind of miss when everything was tie dyed.

  • Anonymous

    LULZ at taking it slowly… yes, you are going to show us your thighs … wait for it… ZOMG! :-)

    I love the look. Very cool. There’s talk about chafing or lack thereof in this thread, but isn’t chafing an issue rather irrespective of tights/bare legs/fat/not fat?

    Funnily, I am too frightened to wear leggings or tights because my legs are skinny. There’s no stone of self-loathing unturned it would seem. Thanks times a hundred for fatshion blogging.

  • You know, I just don’t care what other people don’t condone. Fashion policing is a powerfully negative force.

  • “Can’t condone”…?!

  • I fear I’m hijacking the comments talking about my chafe rashes (you’re welcome everyone), but chafing happens when I don’t have fabric in between my thighs. Under all skirts and dresses, I have to wear tights or leggings or bike pants. If I don’t, my thighs rub together, chafe the skin and I get a very painful rash. Euphemistically, it’s called ‘chub rub’.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, I’ve heard of that. I seem to remember a discussion of chafing and it was revealed not all those whose thighs rub get chafing, etc. My thighs touch but I’ve never chafed – tights are actually less comfortable. Oddly.

  • Anonymous

    “Fashion policing is a powerfully negative force.”

    I completely agree with this.

  • Chub rub is the suck. I have the problem that on super hot days (like last week), after going to the loo, my shorts don’t pull back up properly and leave space for my thighs to rub :-( blergh.

    Natalie, your outfit rocks :-D

  • Spilt Milk

    Remind me to check with you the next time I try a new outfit. Dial 000 for fashion police, right?

  • Bodies are odd!

  • Natalie! You look THE BOMB. Reminds me of Robyn. xx

  • Anonymous

    Hooray! I had an argument on twitter a few weeks ago about body policing re: tights/leggings as pants. Unfortunately I don’t have the patience of many of the fatshion bloggers so I gave up eventually and blocked the person because they simply wouldn’t stop trying to make me feel bad. Except I refuse to feel bad! Thanks in part to all the lovely fat bodies I get to see every day on twitter/tumbler/blogs/lj.

  • Anonymouse

    You are a free spirit! I love leggings. They tell older women like me I shouldn’t wear leggings – ha! There’s so many looks you can achieve, and in this cold part of the country, they offer warmth and an alternative to tights, which I don’t always want to wear.

  • Vitamin K

    But Natalie! You’re not wearing tights as pants! I’m one of the tights as pants haters, but it only counts if I can see the outline of your vagina. And I can’t. Please try again with a shorter top :p

  • iris

    oh my gosh. this seems so different from your normal outfits but i love it a lot. i never feel this way, but i want an exact copy of this outfit for myself. right away.

  • I own these thight too and I am not sure why, but they are the ones that I would wear just as pants, too. I personally think this is the best outfit post ever, I love the hair, I love the top, I love how everthing matches together!!

  • I love leggings. I wear leggings probably 3-4 times a week, in all weather. I wear them under dresses and skirts and long tunic tops and sometimes to the gym. I often wear cotton-rich ones from city chic that are fairly cool in hot weather and ridiculously comfortable. So I’m surprised that so many people believe they are hot or restrictive – maybe they are love or hate garments? Mine are not nearly as sexy as those Asos ones though. I covet your leggings!

  • I’ve always loved leggings as pants. I even had a post a while back how I didn’t understand people who didn’t like them as pants. It’s stupid, really.

    Anyway, now I want to make a shirt like this; seems super easy, even for a sewing amateur. Oh, and I am seriously thinking of buying one of your fat necklaces – especially now that I have a stable job and can afford to buy accessories.

  • E.

    I wear tights as pants everysooften. I have some slashed jet black ones, used to throw something on that’s (extremely) moveable for keeping up with my kiddos and working out.

    Seriously, yoga pants are the same damn thing. It’s just PANTS. IT COVERS YOUR BUTT. LIKE PANTS ARE SUPPOSED TO. F%^& anyone who wants jump on you for breaking a social fashion rule. B/c we all know, that’s what matters in life, right?

  • Tin Toy Tarantula

    I hope you know that you are brilliant.

  • Katrina

    YAY! I’m excited to hear that there will be more fat necklaces coming out!

    I was totes devo when I went to your shop and they were sold out.

    I love your outfit – it is definitely something I would wear myself! (Though I say that because I’m short so that T-shirt would be a little longer on me, I’m not *yet* comfortable enough in my own skin to show too much upper thigh).

    I think tights as pants works as long as your private parts are not showing… I am probably a bit of a prude in that respect.

  • Claire

    Wow. I was thinking “that shirt was made for her” and turns out it literally was! Great idea and great-looking too.

  • steph

    I love your outfit!!! I always wear tights because my thighs touch and I walk everywhere so if I don’t, they chafe. I always see awesome tights but they’re so goddamn expensive! I just order some anti-chafing stuff which is supposed to work very well so if there are any other women with this problem, this an option you can turn to.

  • Anonymous

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