It's happened. The crop top bustier has returned. In reading up on this spring's hottest trend, a number of articles (like this one) were quick to give veiled warnings that this look is for "toned midriffs" only. Sorry, Fashionisers, but I'm going to have to disagree with you on that one.
Yesterday I left my house in a bustier-style bikini top and pedal pushers (you're welcome, San Francisco). I spent all afternoon - from 12 to 6 - going to Ocean Beach, eating a fruit and yogurt bowl, tanning in a tulip garden, walking through half of Golden Gate Park, finishing Jim Thompson's 1952 crime noir novel - all with my midriff bared. And oh-my-lemon-bars it was ah-mazing. I was reminded of Emily Anderson's chapter in Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion when she says: "The feeling of cool air on my belly... was intoxicating."
One thing became clear yesterday: it's time to liberate that belly.
Show me the belly at www.facebook.com/hotandheavy.
Keywords: plus size fashion, curvy fashion, fatshion, plus size bustier
Virgie Tovar, MA is one of the nation's leading experts and lecturers on fat discrimination and body image. She is the founder of Babecamp (a 4 week online course focused on helping people break up with diet culture) and the editor of Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion (Seal Press, 2012). She writes about the intersections of size, identity, sexuality and politics. See more updates on Facebook.