What plus-size women are 'expected' to wear vs. what they REALLY wear

Plus-size women fire back at fat shamers by comparing the frumpy outfits they’re expected to wear at the beach to the skimpy body-baring bikinis they will ACTUALLY be modeling this summer

  • Plus-size TikTok users are showing off the outfits that they are ‘supposed’ to wear at the beach or pool, with some saying it’s what they have worn previously
  • Most don oversized, baggy T-shirts and long shorts that cover their bodies
  • The videos show them then change into fun, trendy bikinis
  • Most are sharing a message that women should embrace their bodies and not be self-conscious or cover up 
  • ‘I was ashamed because society says big isn’t beautiful,’ one said. ‘I’ll NEVER be ashamed again’
  • Several are referencing Lizzo, who declared it ‘Big Girl Summer’  

Plus-size women on TikTok are tired of hearing what they’re ‘supposed’ to wear to the beach — and fed up with the expectation that they should cover up.

And now many are taking to the social media app to highlight those frumpy poolside outfits they’ll no longer tolerate, with baggy shirts and shorts — and instead, they’re flaunting the very sexy and trendy bikinis they’ll be embracing this summer.

The trend is taking off, with dozens of women confidently showing off their summer bodies — no matter the size — in an array of fun and flirty beachwear.

Enough! Plus-size women on TikTok are tired of hearing what they’re ‘supposed’ to wear to the beach — and fed up with the expectation that they should cover up


Before: Users like @pressedbysativa shared how she was always self-conscious at the beach and would wear baggy outfits like this 


Over! But now, she happily rocks a bikini and said she ‘will NEVER wear basketball shorts and big T to the beach/pool ever again’

She said: ‘I’m glad I finally realized me covering up like that did nothing for me’

It’s unclear who originally kicked off the trend, but an earlier example on TikTok was shared by users @pressedbysativa, using a part of the song Hot in Herre by Nelly.

She started off her clip wearing loose shorts that fell to mid-thigh, with an oversized T-shirt that covered most of her shape.

‘This is the type of outfit I wore to the beach/pool for most of my life,’ she wrote.

‘I was super self-conscious to get out of the water/pool in front of anyone,’ she went on, awkwardly tugging at the shirt to cover more skin and not cling to her body. ‘I was not comfortable ever.’

But in a quick change, the baggy clothes are gone and Sativa is modeling a stunning rainbow tie-dye monokini. She’s also done her hair and makeup, and most noticeable of all, she is projecting much more confidence.

‘I will NEVER wear basketball shorts and big T to the beach/pool ever again,’ she said. ‘I’m glad I finally realized me covering up like that did nothing for me.’

Another video, by Randi Bosin, uses the same Nelly song and makes the same point — and has racked up 4.4 million views.

She, too, showed off the type of outfit she wore to the beach for most of her adult life, modeling knee-length shorts and a baggy red T-shirt. 

‘I was ashamed because society says big isn’t beautiful,’ she said.

‘I’ll NEVER be ashamed again,’ she adds, ripping away the baggy outfit and showing off a sexy black high-waisted bikini paired with a shawl around her shoulders.

User @binya_x followed suit, showing off the shorts and a big tie-dye T-shirt that she says ‘people think big girls should wear to the beach.’

What she actually wears, though, is a printed string bikini that flaunts her figure and her tattoos.

Jaci Dayne did the trend as well, trading a large blue T-shirt and leopard print shorts — and a self-conscious expression — for a very trendy high-waisted bikini with a mix of florals and leopard print.


Her way! TikToker @itsjustjocelynk noted that people think ‘plus-size babes should be wearing’ T-shirts and shorts, but she’s wearing fun outfits like this yellow one


Lookin’ good! User @themhoffers referenced a time when she was ‘told do cover my body because “no one wants to see that body”‘ — but said she no longer listens


Come on, ladies! Mara Juliet Hernandez Cruz, a 21-year-old from Guam, also ditched unflattering sacks of clothing for a bikini — and urged other plus-size women to do so, too

A TikToker who goes by @itsjustjocelynk noted that people think ‘plus-size babes should be wearing’ T-shirts and shorts during the summer, but what people will actually see her in are cute outfits like a bright yellow crop top and sheer skirt.

User @themhoffers referenced a time when she was ‘told do cover my body because “no one wants to see that body”‘ — and she believed them, she said, and would dutifully cover up in loose, roomy dresses.

But now she know she’s a ‘bad b***’ and happily rocks a two-piece with a bold print.

Mara Juliet Hernandez Cruz, a 21-year-old from Guam, also ditched unflattering sacks of clothing for a bikini — and urged other plus-size women to do so, too.

‘Yup just wear it,’ she said.


Makeover! TikToker @keynao_ promised ‘no insecurities this summer’ as she swapped a baggy shirt and shorts for a very eye-catching purple bikini


Fun in the sun! And @jassispicey ditched a whole hoodie in favor of a fun bikini with a flirty tropical print on the bottom and a sizzling mesh on top

Celebrate! Several of the women and their commenters called out Lizzo, who has proclaimed this season ‘Big Girl Summer’

TikToker @keynao_, who regularly shows off her plus-size clothing buys on the app, promised ‘no insecurities this summer’ as she swapped a baggy shirt and shorts for a very eye-catching purple bikini — which she teamed with a batching body-hugging cover-up that kept her cleavage on display.

And @jassispicey, a 28-year-old mom, ditched a whole hoodie in favor of a fun bikini with a flirty tropical print on the bottom and a sizzling mesh on top.

Several of the women and their commenters called out Lizzo, who has proclaimed this season ‘Big Girl Summer.’

‘BIG GRRRL SUMMER HAS BEGUN,’ she wrote, sharing her own bikini snaps. ‘PSA: BIG GRRRL SUMMER = BREAK OUT THE BIKINIS.’ 

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