After finishing this piece (thank you for writing and sharing), I thought about the converse situation. I invoice for my bosses’ LuLaRoe show on FB and they rave about the comfort and flexibility of the leggings. For them, the leggings are appealing not for their “creativity” or fit status, but for their ability to make themselves more comfortable with their weight and appearance. It’s not a projection of their self, but rather a concealer.
I’m not sure where I’m going with this (it’s after lunch and man, a nap sounds good), but there seems to be polarizing effect here. If you’ve got it, you maximize that shit to the highest degree; if you have the slightest inkling of self-doubt, you can conceal it. No middle ground.
I’ll try and think on this more as I take the dog for a walk. Cheers.