Should a woman be defined by a little number (or two) she finds on the tag of her garments? Absolutely not…and some designers are just beginning to realize this. Marisa Meltzer’s article “Plus-Size Fashion Moves Beyond the Muumuu” paints a elaborate picture of the fashion world and the varying views toward plus-sized women.
I find it extremely empowering that so many brands are open to designing for the more curvier women of the world. Although I am not quite plus-sized, I have experienced my fair share of a store not carrying my size or having garments that don’t wear well on girls who aren’t built like pre-pubescent boys. I’ve worn size 8 jeans, size 12 dresses, size XL blouses, size M sweaters, etc. Those numbers and letters mean nothing to me. I focus on what look good on my body; if I have to go up a size in that adorable mini skirt, so be it!
The fashion world is making strides towards including women of all shapes and sizes, but I believe there is still a long road ahead. First of all, forcing plus-sized girls to pay more for their clothing is practically a crime. I know it takes a little more fabric to produce size 18 jeans compared to size 2 jeans, but it is simply belittling to the consumer. Secondly, society conditions women to constantly work on themselves: ‘“When you’re taught to look at your body as a work in progress, you’re not going to spend $1,000 on a coat to last forever because you’re not hoping for it to last forever,’ Ms. Mason said” (Meltzer). Whether trying to shed those love handles or drop 50 pounds for health reasons, women are regularly trying to improve themselves. I wholeheartedly endorse striving to be the best “you” that you can be, but allowing society to permeate women’s ideas about their bodies is another story.
Cheers to 2015 and accepting all women, despite a number/letter/size/shape/features/height/weight/etc.!
Meltzer, Marisa. “Plus-Size Fashion Moves Beyond the Muumuu“. The New York Times. The New York Times Company, 31 Dec. 2014. Web. 2 Jan. 2015.