In 2013, long before the idea of Peachee ever popped into my head, I had just come back from a volunteering trip in Tanzania. Eight weeks of living on rice, beans and bananas saw me balloon in weight. I came home incredibly unhappy with my body, and also incredibly naive in regards to how to change it. I began on a journey of improving my self confidence by getting myself different coaches and trainers, following different diets and workouts. No matter how much weight I lost, or how my body changed, I was never truly happy when I looked in the mirror.
And there's a solid reason for that - it doesn't matter how good you actually look to the world, if you don't like what you see in the mirror, no one else's opinion will matter. A huge reason for this was the clothes I wore. It had been my DREAM for years to wear leggings (I never thought I could pull them off as a bigger girl so I opted for flowy dresses that hid my big hips!), but every pair I tried on just didn't fit my body well. I've always had bigger legs, hips & glutes than what is normally catered for in clothes. I continued to lose weight & build muscle, and continued to be disappointed in my gym clothes choices. Even stretchy gym leggings flattened my bum, had a waistband that cut off at the area of my mid section that I was most self conscious about, and showed all my lines and dimples.
I figured that this would just be how it was going to be, and resigned to purchasing new leggings on a monthly basis, ripping open the packaging at home out of excitement, only to feel utterly terrible looking in the mirror when I tried them on. I remember the moment it dawned on me - it's not my body that's the problem, it's these pieces of fabric that someone else is sewing together. They weren't made for me. And even as my body changed from one month to the next, from times of stress and extra pizza, to times of nailing my macros and getting leaner, I thought to myself that I should be allowed to feel good in the clothes I choose to wear. I recall clearly the moment that the realisation dawned on me.
So what if I had a big bum, big hips and big legs - does that mean I'm not worthy of clothing that makes me feel amazing? Nope.
So in 2017, I sat in the little office of our Personal Training studio, and in between checking in with clients on their own weight loss journeys, I conjured up this idea. Of leggings specifically that made me feel GOOD, confident, strong, powerful and sexy. And that was that - Peachee was born.
We have sold to thousands and thousands of customers across the entire globe, helping fit girls with curves to embrace & enhance their beautiful selves. And while we've made mistakes along the way, I am incredibly proud of Peachee!
People often ask me - what worked? How did I change my body? And the answer is time & consistency & hard work. It takes time.
But I would MUCH rather be happy in my own skin, confident in what I am wearing, day in and day out, throughout this entire journey, than be miserable until I reach a certain weight or look. It's important to me to spread that message - Peachee isn't just about the "end goal" (I am not how I would like to look in 5 years for example) it's about the process. Feel good in yourself NOW. That's what we are here for.
Bonnie's Top Pick
Stone is my current top pick. Incredibly stretchy & form fitting, I feel like I can take on the world when I slip into these. I have always worn more black clothing than anything else, so having this gorgeous pastel light colour (which by the way doesn't show sweat) is a game changer for my confidence!