By ROSIE WATERLAND
We need to have a serious discussion about fashion. Seriously.
Before you roll your eyes, I happened to research this, and whenever fashion writers write about fashion it’s always very serious. Because FASHION. Obviously.
So here we go. Serious fashion writing:
WTF is going on with some plus-size clothing?
I say ‘clothing’ because you really can’t include the abominations I speak of in the ‘fashion’ category at this stage. Things have gotten THAT bad.
I’m not talking about all of it. Over the past few years I’ve done A LOT of plus-size scouting and have managed to find some retail gems. But the good stuff isn’t the focus of this serious fashion exposé. Oh no.
The focus of this piece, my dear friends, is the BAD STUFF. The stuff that is just so hideously, hilariously off-base I have no clue how any of it manages to make it off the shelves and into people’s homes.
The rise of plus-size fashion bloggers and fashionable and affordable plus-size ranges for women has seen most plus-size fashion move forward in leaps and bounds. But there are still a few (many) sad, over-patterned stragglers that just refuse to tow the new, trendy line.
These stragglers used to make me furious, because I was convinced the manufacturers were using the size of their customers as an excuse to be lazy. I imagined snooty designers looking through their thick-rimmed glasses saying something like, “well, they’ve obviously let themselves go so, why would they care about what they wear?” (Naturally followed by a snooty smirk-laugh. Again, because FASHION.)
But that train of thought was obviously flawed, as I’m fairly certain no ‘designer’ would ever create something using a hybrid butterfly-zebra print. I eventually accepted that this
fashion clothing is probably just thrown together by some well-meaning manufacturers with no clue about how to dress bigger women. And because they have no clue, they follow what they think are some important rules for the plus-size lady. Rules that are meant to make you look slimmer, but mostly just ensure you end up looking like you’re headed to a fancy dress party, theme: colour-vomit.