Let’s talk about Mental Health and Body Positivity Body Positivity

Image of girl with curly hair wearing polka dot tee overlayed by black box overlayed by blurred image of girl with curly hair wearing Quarantee (a facemask alternative) with a pink panel overlayed by a pink box with body positivity quote: “i love myself just the way I am”

From the 1st to 7th of February it was mental health awareness week. On our Instagram the feed was filled with a variety of different body positivity quotes, hints, tips and more!

10% of all Sales went to Dorothy House.

For the previous week we have also been donating 10% of all our sales to Dorothy house. This charity is very close to my heart as they have done a great deal for my family and friends over the years.

Screenshot of Dorothy House online shop homepage featuring image of girl with knitted vest and puff sleeves posing next to carefully curated charity chic and below there categories for women knitwear, women skirts and women trousers

Dorothy house provide care such as therapies and treatments for patients and families. Group workshops including a well-being programme. Also, free information with will making and funeral arrangement.

To find out more information about Dorothy House and their work, please head over to their website. We are also loving their online shop which has been born out of lockdown. It features such great styling and vintage garments.

We also source a lot of our remnant materials from Dorothy Houses Charity shops. With every garment we make, 75% of the time our materials will be sourced from charity shop locations, which means before you actually buy the garment, a charitable donation is already made.

Body Positivity Awareness.

Throughout the week we presented you with lots of different body positivity quotes:

“Make it happen girl, shock everyone”

Nurma Clarkson- author of the books working on a new me.

“Stop saying sorry for who you are.”


“I love myself just the way I am”

Merlin Thomas- English Poet

Body positivity is a current movement which is focused challenging societies perception of ‘beauty’. It accepting all shapes and sizes regardless of what popular culture might present us with.

Very Well Mind highlight the goals of the movement:

“Some of the goals of the body positivity movement include:

  • challenging how society views the body
  • promoting the acceptance of all bodies
  • helping people build confidence and acceptance of their own bodies
  • addressing unrealistic body standards

Body positivity is not just about challenging how society views people based upon their physical size and shape, however. It also recognizes that judgments are often made based on race, gender, sexuality, and disability.”

Instagram, even though it has been slated for being a mental health trigger on unrealistic body and lifestyles, showcases the body positivity movement in all its glory.

Accounts to follow on Instagram for Body Positivity.

People all over Instagram are sharing their non photoshopped images. One of my favourite account for this is @Cathirae . Her feed is always filled with her real body, she inspires us all to feel confident in our own skin and to love us for who we are.

cathIRae on the Instagram mature model in fur coat expressing body positivity with a buzz cut.

Another account who I adore is @_thetits who is an incredible polymer clay artist who creates bespoke sculptures of your own body. On her feed she shares a variety of different body types.

_thetits Instagram feed showing bodies and boobs made from polymer clay with ornate decorative frames.

I also listened to podcast recently On Wardrobe Crisis with Clare Press pwho speaks with disability advocate Sinead Burke on fashion activism. Sinead was one of the first disabled models to walk on the catwalk, she discusses her struggles with finding clothes which she can wear and the set backs between herself and fashion. Sinead has such a positive outlook on life and strives for a more understanding and less judgemental society.

Tips for helping with your mental health

This week we also shared some advice on actions you can take when you feel your mental health is taking it’s toll on your own body positive image:

𝘚𝘶𝘳𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘱𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦 (𝘴𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘥𝘶𝘭𝘦 𝘢 𝘤𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘧𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘴 𝘰𝘳 𝘧𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘺 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘭𝘢𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘦) ⁠

𝘉𝘭𝘰𝘤𝘬 𝘰𝘳 𝘶𝘯𝘧𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘰𝘸 𝘢𝘤𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘤𝘩 𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘯𝘦𝘨𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 (𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘰 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘭 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘭𝘦𝘵 𝘢𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘶) ⁠

𝘞𝘦𝘢𝘳 clothes𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘤𝘩 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦.

Do you have anymore you could add to the list?

If you are struggling with your mental health at the moment, we want you to know that we are here for you. If you ever want to talk just send us a message. We also have our own tips for helping our mental health:

  • 𝐄𝐧𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐬𝐥𝐞𝐞𝐩 𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡 𝐧𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 (𝐛𝐲 𝐬𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐧 𝐚𝐥𝐚𝐫𝐦 𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝐭𝐢𝔪𝐞 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐩 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐚 𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐞) ⁠
  • 𝐓𝐚𝐥𝐤 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐟𝐞𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐨𝐫 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐚 𝐣𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐥 ⁠
  • 𝐏𝐥𝐚𝐧 𝐬𝐦𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐭𝐨𝐨 (𝐟𝐢𝐥𝐦/𝐠𝐚𝐦𝐞𝐬 𝐧𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐟𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐲 𝐨𝐫 𝐟𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐬 𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐳𝐨𝐨𝐦)⁠
  • 𝐄𝐧𝐣𝐨𝐲 𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐥𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐝𝐨𝐨𝐫𝐬 (𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐞𝐬 𝐰𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐡 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐨𝐜𝐤𝐝𝐨𝐰𝐧)⁠

We never want to see any of you struggle. So if you are there are many different charities you can reach out to. Including: The mental Health Foundation, Mind Charity and The Samaritans Charity.

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