Friend Friday #2: Size

Earlier this week British luxury department store, Harrod’s announced that it has closed its plus sized clothing department. The news comes just a month after the American department store, Saks, announced that it would be adding a plus size couture range to its clothing selection. The news also comes in the same week that Marc Jacob’s business partner announced plans – on twitter – for a possible plus size collection from the designer.
Indeed, the Daily Mail has even coined it: “the Christina Hendricks effect”. It seems that curves are back in fashion. Remember my post on the controversy caused when the UK Equalities Minister declared Christina Hendricks as a perfect role model?
With all of this in mind, it seems timely and appropriate that Katy chose “size” as this week’s Friend Friday topic of discussion. Katy chose the topic after she had read a couple blog posts that got negative comments about the model’s size and was a little shocked at these comments.
1. Should someone’s size stop them from fashion blogging or having a voice in the community?
I feel strongly that no matter what your dress size, you have every right to a voice in the fashion blogging community. I am saddened at the thought that some people have found the community unsupportive and indeed negative. I always think that the blogging community, of which I would like to be counted as a part of, is supportive and friendly. Indeed, I feel that negative comments in general are unnecessary. I am of the opinion that comments should add something to a post and that these can be constructive without being wholly negative. Fashion is certainly subjective and you will not always like everything you see but this is not a reason to be negative. I digress, I apologise.
2. In your opinion, can the term “curvy” and “plus-sized” be used interchangeably when it comes to fashion?
I don’t tend to think that “curvy” and “plus-sized” mean the same things. A woman who wears a (UK) size 8 can be curvy just as easy as a woman who wears a size 18. An article this week in the Daily Mail declared that “curves are back” next season with Louis Vuitton’s autumn campaign looking rather like a scene from Mad Men. This trend will undoubtedly suit women of almost any figure, be they size 8 or “plus-sized”.

3. Many people make the argument that catering to plus sized women would promote being overweight as “okay”. What do you think? Should more designers be catering to plus size women?

This argument always surprises me. Whether being a size 16 or 18 is overweight or not, 47% of the British population are plus sized, therefore designers are essentially alienating half of all potential customers. On the high street, more and more stores are developing their own plus size collections which provide on trend clothing at an affordable price; these include, H&M and New Look, who are joining Evans.

4. Should the mainstream fashion industry be showcasing more plus size models?

It might be deemed to be controversial but I think that essentially it is common sense, what suits one body shape, does not suit every body shape. Therefore, the mainstream fashion industry, I believe, should showcase collections which contain pieces for each and every body shape and size. At present the catwalk represents only a tiny proportion of “real” women: tall, slim and in the main with a relatively small chest.

5. For you personally, how do you view your size, the struggle with it through the years, your ideal size, etc…

For most people looking at me, they would assume that I have nothing to worry about, I am – for the majority of the time – a size 8 but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t had my own issues. My petite height means that I often have problems finding trousers that fit or even tops that don’t come down to my knees! I also have a very flat chest which often causes problems with low cut dresses and tops. But I have learnt how to dress my body over the years and what does and doesn’t suit me. It is still a learning curve. I believe that as long as you try to dress for your own unique body shape and you learn to love that shape and size and what looks good on it, then no one has a right to chastise you for that. In fact, you might remember I wrote a post about this for British Style Bloggers’ Body Image Season?

What are your thoughts on the issue of size in the fashion industry and in particular plus-sizing?

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5 Responses to Friend Friday #2: Size

  1. MJ says:

    These were awesome answers! And you're so right about the fashion industry showcasing pieces that flatter different body types! Its crazy to see young girls who only see one body type and go to extremes to try to fit it without realizing that a particular type of clothing wouldn't flatter them regardless of what size they were.

  2. KT says:

    Love the facts you put into answering the questions and the little intro you wrote to this week's questions. Such an interesting read.

  3. daisybabie says:

    hiya! great answers ! totally agree with you on all you've written. you're so right about the common sense bit…not sure why as a business there is a tendency to not cater to the majority of the public.

  4. It's true when you think almost half of the population wear sizes that mainstream stores don't cater for it doesn't make much business sense

  5. TJWisdom says:

    Good answers. QVC in the states and in London focuses on all sizes and do not charge more for fuller sizes. Curvy has always been in style I find it very degrading representing a body type with a trend.

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