What I really wanted to talk about in this post was this customized slogan t-shirt from OBD Clothing. They’ve just launched a new curve range and I wanted to support a small company attempting to expand their sizing. The top I’m wearing says ‘Mermaids Don’t Have Thigh Gaps’. It’s made to come under the ‘active wear’ part of your wardrobe. It’s also a bit of fun and I have to say the quality of the top is great. When Mr. C felt it he thought it was a basketball top because it’s that really good wickable fabric that lets you breathe. As a new mum, it’s great to pop on and run around it, plus it’s what I now wear to our swimming classes (over the top of my costume before and after). It doesn’t stick to me even though I’m super clammy so it’s a winner in my eyes. I even got Baby C in the mood by wearing an ‘Epic’ slogan top too (hint hint OBD for a kids range!). But as I started thinking about it, I realised that I wanted to talk about the ‘Mermaids’ don’t have thigh gaps’ slogan a little more. Someone said to me they wouldn’t wear it because they don’t see themselves as a mermaid. (Which I totally get) but to me, it represents something a little different and a little deeper. I know it’s lighthearted but it has a tiny little bit of depth to it. If you dig a little.
Last year amongst social media there was a trend of showing how big your thigh gap was. It was like saying the smaller your thighs the more attractive you were. if you could see straight through the other side, well guess what, that meant you were somehow better and more attractive. Obviously what most girls didn’t get was that the majority of the super liked images were photo shopped and totally impossible to achieve. As well as promoting this odd obsession with having an uber amount of space between your thighs, the trend also body shamed those that don’t have a gap. Like myself! So the whole #MermaidThigh #mermaidsdonthavethighgaps was a body positive backlash against the shaming trend. It’s almost a metaphor for saying I’m big and beautiful, because mermaids have always had that magical beauty vibe attached to them. Amazingly the mermaid thighs campaign seems to have outlasted the thigh gap trend. Woohoo!
So while this is a fun, great fitting t-shirt that grabs a bit of attention when I’m at the pool changing rooms, it also represents the fact that I’m a big girl, and I’m OK with that. I’m not hiding it; actually I’m embracing it and feel hot sometimes! I say sometimes because with baby sick down your top, smudged mascara, no sleep and unwashed hair, those times are not the version of hot I’m referring too.
If this slogan isn’t quite for you, which I can understand, OBD have loads of options you can choose from. You can customize the colours too which is great if you’re looking for something in particular. The Curve ranges currently goes up to a 28 and once the ball is rolling the plan is to increase the collection in every way possible! It’s true to size, has great length sleeves and is super comfortable. Plus size active wear doesn’t have to be boring and OBD prove it.
If you fancy grabbing some slogan gym wear for yourself from OBD Clothing, you can choose the colour of the top as well as the text AND you can get 20% off using code HOLL20