Should Girls With Cellulite Wear Shorts?

What do you think when you see this photo?

Festival fashion and celulite

What about these?

Festival cellulite

Are you thinking…

  • a) ‘Nice shorts, where they from?’
  • b) ‘Argh, wish I could wear that?’
  • c) ‘They should not be wearing those shorts?’

Despite the rain and cold a surprising amount – at least 50% – of the girls at Parklife Festival in Manchester decided to get their legs out. At the risk of sounding like a Grandma; a lot of the shorts were no bigger than the knickers I had on under my jeans. The Parklife Twitter feed and Facebook page were filled with both boys and girls slating the shorts for showing off more cellulite than they ever wanted to see.

Cellulite and shorts

Me and my friends sat down by the main stage with a glass of vino to take it all in:

  • Friend size 14: ‘At least all the skinnies have got cellulite too.’
  • Friend size 8: ‘Yeah, I don’t feel so bad about mine now.’
  • Friend size 10: ‘But seriously, she should not be wearing those shorts’.

Cellulite had never been quite so in my face before, literally.

The figures

Should girls with cellulite wear shorts?

As the four of us debated women’s rights regarding the acceptable length of trow and the reasons why, tens of girls passed us with their thighs out – in some cases bum cheeks – cellulite and all.

Was it so noticeable because it does actually look horrendous, because we never see it, or because we didn’t realise everyone else had it too?

According to The MayoClinic, 80% of women have cellulite, and it’s not your weight that brings it on – the dimples, bumps and pinched effect can happen to anyone. Although sitting on your arse all day, stress and contraceptives don’t help.

The MayoClinic says: “Cellulite is caused by fibrous connective cords that tether the skin to the underlying muscle, with the fat lying between. As the fat cells accumulate, they push up against the skin, while the long, tough cords are pulling down. This creates an uneven surface or dimpling.”

Ewww, so that’s what it is.

They’re just jealous…

The more we sat and saw, the more open and accepting of them and ourselves we became. After the initial shock I actually felt quite proud of the 18 year olds who had the confidence to pull them off, if not the supermodel bods.

They weren’t fat, far from it, but the resulting tweets from the harsh crowd on Twitter – and of course, our initial reactions – are exactly the reason why girls with cellulite aren’t out and proud.

It takes a brave woman to get their less-than-perfect pins out in today’s critical society. I wonder how much of someone saying ‘she should not be wearing that’ is jealousy, hatred, self doubt, prejudice, self obsession, low confidence or ridiculously high standards on their part.

Cellulite at Parklife Festival

But whyyy?

One factor could be that growing up in England you just don’t see it. Sufferers can manage through the only month of summer we have in long skirts and linen trousers. With the weather here we’re not forced into baring all on the beach or hanging out at the local pool like in other countries.

And as for the media, anyone would think showing cellulite was up there with showing erect penises, bum sex and cigarette adverts.

After seeing thousands of girls from knee to leg/bum crevice at Parklife I know that dimples, bruises, fat pockets and stretch marks are the norm – they’re not professionally tanned, exercised for five hours a day or photoshopped to meet society’s approval.

It’s a big step for me, but these girls have inspired me to squeeze my size 14 bum into some shorts next time I see some sun. But there’s power in numbers so I hope that if you’re a shy cellulite sufferer you’ll out yourself with me. Together we can enjoy the simple feeling of the sun on our legs safe in the knowledge that 8 out of 10 women feel exactly the same.

Should girls wear shorts

Cellulite or no, is there any need for these?!

Over to you – how do you feel about getting your legs out in public?

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  1. Haha, did you really go round taking pictures of girl’s cellulite? Brilliant. I feel like a grandma too but when did this trend start of wearing shorts so short that your bum actually pokes out the bottom?

    I’m afraid I’m on board with your size 10 friend. Put it away ladies!

    • Yeah, felt quite bad, but knew I wanted to write an article on it. I’ve never seen so many people in denim shorts!

  2. giovanna gentile says:

    Brilliant! I wish i couldn’t see all that in the street:) it’s an eye sore!

  3. The crème de la crème of cottage cheese sightings! Chubby chasers should relocate to the North of England in the pursuit of happiness!

  4. LOVE this post – I hope you’ve been getting your legs out over the last couple of days!! Us girls need to be much more body confident and stop comparing ourselves to magazines! Although, there’s always that one supermodel girls who struts past and makes us feel gross. xxx PS impressed how many photos you managed to take without getting smacked lol!! xx

    • A little bit. I went to an outdoor swimming pool and felt alright with my pins out so I’m getting there. Sun’s gone away again now, but hopefully I’ll get some more short action in over the weekend. Haha, I’m like David Bailey – in a way.

  5. The legs are alright, they just need better shorts, waaayyy better shorts:\

  6. I think a good rule of thumb is to wear clothes that fit whatever size you are. A wedgie doesn’t look good on anyone! A well dressed woman of any shape looks way hotter than a woman with a model’s body wearing clothes that make her look tacky or desperate…or uncomfortable. All of those wedgie shorts just scream discomfort to me and that’s much more distracting than a little bit of cellulite.

    I’d also like to say kudos for this post not having even the slightest bit of body snark (not that I’d expect that of you anyway). I find that on issues of body image the women of GB are far kinder to themselves (and each other) than American women are.

    • Aw, thanks Marina. Hmmm, I’m not sure about American women vs GB though – we can be real bitches to ourselves and others. I try to stay out of it and just make the most of my body while I’ve got it!

  7. Whilst I admire the bravery of these ladies in shorts I can’t help but feel they would have looked much better (and felt much warmer) with tights underneath. i’m getting old aren’t I…

  8. Ami Matthews says:

    Been reading lots of your posts on festivals & i love them all!! Bravo for writing content of value and interest! Really enjoyed my time on your site/blog :-) Now more hyped for Glastonbury!

  9. You are a really close minded person. So what if the girls have cellulite. This doesn’t define their personality. You are not a fat person or a skinny person,you are person. You really need to open your mind a bit and realize that looks isnt everything.

    • Hey Luke, I don’t think you got the gist of my article, that’s basically what I say. Happy to hear there are other people like me out there though. Thanks for your comment!

  10. What I think: Hugely turned on. I actually prefer it when girls with cellulite wear short shorts. I think cellulite is very beautiful and sexy, especially on thin, average-sized, and athletic women.

    I remember a few months ago at a restaurant I saw a group of friends, presumably around 18-20 years old, they all wore pants except this one woman who wore really short shorts and she had thick thighs and lots of cellulite. She was about average weight, though, and very pretty too! The prettiest of the group actually. I loved when she crossed her legs to REALLY show it off. Above all, I loved that she was confident enough to actually flaunt her cellulite like that.

  11. I love getting my legs out at a festival! I mean if you can’t then when can you. I do try and look after my body but like every typical girl we enjoy our chocolate :-) yes I have cellulite but how I see it most girls do whether there a size 6 or a size 16. I don’t wear the short shorts were your bum cheeks hang out as my body confidence isn’t quite there yet, but if your happy with your figure then go for it.

  12. Ummm 80%? That’s an extremely low estimate. Cellulite is the female body’s natural way of storing fat. Women are supposed to have it. Most experts estimate 98% of women have cellulite and the 2% that don’t are women with very thick skin. Why are we criticizing something that every woman has as being ugly in this article? The healthy female body is not something to criticize

  13. I read the full article, and I realise the point that you’re making… that we should be more body confident blah blah. But tbh the only thing that came across to me is that if I dare bare my legs with the tiniest bit of cellulite on them, a lot of people are going to be sat around judging me for my ‘horrendous’ cellulite, akin to seeing ‘bum sex or cigarette adverts’. Not only that, but they’ll take pictures of it and post it on the internet for everyone to see. I can’t even see cellulite on some of these pictures! I’ve worked hard on my figure, I’m a size 6 UK, and well toned but have some cellulite on my thighs. Despite all my hard work, this still makes me feel doomed to remain in my jeans all summer

    • I’m a size 10 and have really bad cellulite on the top of my legs. I never get them out because I’m so shy on the beach. Even after reading this I feel too scared. Honestly it makes me feel shaky at the thought of it. I wish it was shown more in the media and stuff to make me feel better about it.

  14. Thank you SO, soo much for posting this article. I’m a 15 year old,average weight girl; maybe even a little muscular but, nothing compared to a body builder. I have a LOT of cellulite on the upper back of my thighs. I was tired of wearing basketball shorts and feeling too much like a guy. I wanted to start wearing shorts but, my cellulite held me back. This article made me realize it’s completely normal; I just wish everyone else knew that, too. But, even knowing that there are some people out there like you, who know it’s completely natural, I will try it. So, thank you. You just helped a shy girl realize that she needs to enjoy herself more and stop hating/beating herself down.
    Thank you again.

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