Charina Warne is a 24-year-old fashion designer behind the plus-size label LALA BELLE. She sat down with her sister Jade, a writer, to discuss plus-size fashion, body-shaming in that no-BS sisterly way. Take a read.
By JADE WARNE
Jade: What’s up with plus-size fashion? Why does it suck so much?
Charina: “For starters, cheap clothes (I’m talking Paddy’s Markets-cheap) are generally crap. If you’re paying under $50 for pants, you’re likely to get mass-produced disintegrating cotton, tie-dye vomit and an elastic waist. When you grade that same garment up to a size 22 you get all of that – IN MONSTER PROPORTIONS!
Secondly, there’s a massive lack of investment in plus-size fashion on both sides. Have a look at what any big department store offers their plus-size shoppers. Where their straight size range will feature garments from $20 to $2000, their plus-size range will be a few hundred dollars – max – with the bulk of garments under $100. So there’s an assumption there that plus-size girls a) aren’t going to the same jobs or parties or events as straight sized girls and b) they’re not interested in spending money on a good dress to wear.