Emily’s post inspired me to write about my own fashion frustration. It’s certainly not a new frustration, just one that’s kept in check when shopping outside the plus-size arena.
I’ve always harbored a fantasy about becoming a plus-size clothing designer. Why? Because as Emily and others have pointed out, fashion designers do not understand large women. Case in point, shop at Macy’s in the regular women’s department. Then shop at the Macy’s Woman store. Is there a reason why full-figured women would automatically covet large prints, with three-quarter length sleeves made in a polyester blend, simply because they’re fat? Is there evidence out there that suggests one’s taste goes right out the window when their waist-size increases? Whether I’m a size 8 or a size 18, I love beautiful clothes — can I be so different?
When Lane Bryant came around with plus-sized clothing in the twenties she was a bo brummel of large ladies fashion, with most of her expertise in maternity clothes. And, as much as I admire what Lena Himmelstein Bryant did for women of her generation, the clothes were hopelessly sad. I appreciate that designing for women with a variety of body types may not be an easy endeavor, but why give up entirely?
A recent episode of the The Fashion Show (a Project Runway knock-off), had designers tasked to create and sew clothing for women who actually worked at Bravo. Normal women, but without high fashion physiques. The outcome? Suicidal melt-down. Designers self-imploded when required to design clothes for real women. Not plus-sized clothes, mind you, but clothing that would be worn by women with bigger butts, smaller chests, thicker thighs and no discernible waist – you know, like in the real world. Did they come up with design solutions? Ha! It would have been funny if it were not so sad. By the way, their creations were hideous.
When we moved over to our new blog, we sacrificed a segment that I think a lot of women found useful — where to find great plus-sized clothing – a not too easy feat. We’re working on bringing it back, but in the meantime I thought I’d offer up a couple great sites which have made great strides in style, quality and affordability.
Remember, if you know of a great place to shop, outside the normal department store ho-hum, let us know!