Alicia Mccarvell pens body positive fashion message on avoiding the word 'flattering'

The Canadian influencer shared a couple of outfits she considered wearing to Taylor Swift's Eras Tour.

Alicia Mccarvell is challenging what it means to wear "flattering" clothing.

On Tuesday, the Canadian influencer took to Instagram to share a video of herself mulling over two outfit choices ahead of a Taylor Swift Eras Tour concert. She paired the post with a body positive message about dressing how she wants, not in what's "flattering" for her body type by societal beauty standards.

In the Instagram Reel, the social media star first posed in a light grey denim ensemble. She paired "option one" with a black strapless top, a silver sequinned cowboy hat and black platform slides with homemade lettering that read "Eras" on one shoe and "Tour" on the other.

Unsure about the outfit since she was worried she'd be too warm with an all-denim look at the show, Mccarvell took off her jacket but wasn't a fan of the rest of the look.

Then, she swapped her jeans for a black leather skirt and added on a sheer black cardigan, which eventually became her final outfit for the concert.

In her caption, Mccarvell was open to suggestions on where she could wear her first option. However, she also got candid about dressing for confidence and joy.

"I challenge you to not use the word 'flattering,'" she penned. "What does that even mean?"

The Halifax-based influencer explained that for her, "flattering" clothing has always just meant garments that show "less of my fat," or look "as close to the beauty standards as possible."

"I am trying really hard to move away from making decisions for my clothing based on how flat my stomach looks, or how outlined my belly is or if you can see my belly button," she continued. "I'm now trying to choose the things that make me feel confident, sexy and happy."

Mccarvell's post quickly garnered praise from fans for bringing up an important conversation.

"This is a great word to challenge," one Instagram user weighed in. "As a very small/skinny human, I don't think I've ever had someone refer to something on me as 'flattering,' which says a lot. Appreciate you bringing this conversation up!"

"This is such a good reminder. We shouldn't dress for our body type, we should dress in clothes we like! Normalize bellies!" someone else wrote.

Another added: "You preached a whole sermon about the usage of 'flattering' here. Thank you, I needed it."

"I've started using the phrase feeling my best. This outfit makes me feel my best, or that outfit does not make me feel good or confident which helps me to change it from a fatphobic place," a fan chimed in.

In January, Mccarvell penned an emotional letter to herself on Instagram apologizing for the times she hasn't loved her body.

"Dear belly," she wrote, alongside a set of mirror selfies where she posed in unzipped black jeans and a black tank top. "I'm sorry for the tape I used to hide my belly button, but I couldn't stand thinking the crevice made me look like a glutton. I'm sorry for punching you when I was so angry with your sight. ... I'm sorry for stuffing you in tight spandex because I was afraid of seeing your lines.

"You didn't deserve to only be loved on in the dark."

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