However, while a lot has changed and improved, there is still more that could be done.
Liz Desmond – Model and Makeup artist
“My wardrobe consists of mostly black leather leggings as they are super flattering and go with absolutely everything I own all year round. I also have lots of dresses in my wardrobe that I always belt up to accentuate my waist. Contrary to the belief that curvy people should avoid print, I actually enjoy wearing it on occasion and it really works.
Just because I’v got juicy jelly and I’m not straight up and down it does not mean that I want baggy, shapeless patterned clothes that resemble a lagging jacket that you wouldn’t even put on the immersion!
There absolutely ne to be a standard set across the globe with regards to sizing. Some brands are true to size while others you have to go up two or three sizes in order for something to fit. When there are no standardised measurements in place it makes it incredibly hard to determine what size to buy online.
I’ve been modelling for many years and I’m so proud to represent the curvy girl. More and more fashion houses are finally starting to embrace the curvy revolution. Designers and high street are now catering to curves and that wasn’t always the case
“As a plus sized woman, my favourite clothing brand is Maybell Lady Plus. They’re very good to me and I’ve done modelling with them. But even before that, I used to go down there anyway to shop for clothes because they have a huge range of sizes. They go from 16-34, which is great because when I was a size 24/26 I could go there and still look fashionable. Now that I’ve lost some weight, I can still shop there but I can shop off the rack too.
In terms of what clothes I like to wear, for years I couldn’t wear trousers because I had very big hips and I was self conscious. However, now I love a good style trousers and a beautiful top. I’m not a big dress wearer, but if I find a dress I like I’ll wear it all of the time.
Overall, I would say that the majority of high street shops need to look closely at how they make their sizes. I’m an 18 but sometimes I can pick up a size 20 off the rack and it won’t go near me.
Shops like Maybell that are popping up all over the place are brilliant for plus sized women, but it often means they have to travel. It’s hard for the bigger lady to go in to town and just buy off the rack.”
Tia Duffy – Model
“I grew up very tomboy-ish so I wouldn’t wear a lot of dresses. I always found because I was tall since the time I was 10 or 11 they were hard to buy so I just gave up after a while and decided they weren’t for me. I’m very much a jeans and t-shirt type girl and to be honest I don’t ever really feel confident in a dress – which just goes to show how body image really can affect how you dress. When I go to a store I’m just so used to looking for jeans, t-shirts and trousers and often forget dresses are even an option for me.
When it comes to my favourite shops, I think HM and Zara are brilliant. HM is very affordable and Zara have clothes for every occasion – work, a night out and casual wear too. I feel like their sizes are reasonable compared to what they were a few years ago. In saying that, it feels like all the stores are coming around now and realising there are women with different hip sizes and different waist sizes. It wouldn’t have been that way years ago. Sizing isn’t perfect, but it certainly feels like high street stores are realising that some women have a tiny waist and big hips, or big boobs.
More work ne to be done, however. I never, ever feel there is enough being done for plus size ladies. The only time I will feel like all sizes are represented is when I walk into a store and I see all different size models on every campaign. What’s not talked about enough is that bodies change. I went from a size 16, then I was a size 12, and then I was a 14. It’s all about recognising that women’s bodies change over time. It feels like a lot of campaigns show just one body type. Weight fluctuates, we’re not the same size all of the time. I would just like to see more real representation of that in the world of fashion.”
Steal Her Style
Layla Moroney – Weight loss blogger ( @layla_beyondthescales )
“Before I lost weight I would wear clothes that would cover my arms and the bits of me that I didn’t like. I would usually opt for big baggy stuff to try and hide my weight. I have since lost weight and I’m currently a size 16 and have become much more confident in what I wear and have found my own personal style. I try to put my own stamp on things and wear a lot of vintage fashion.
Penneys have done a great job with plus size fashion lately. I really like River Island, too. Online retailers have come a long way I think, compared to a few years ago. Boohoo have some great plus size clothes too. But I do find that sometimes the selection of clothes available aren’t great and you’d need a lot of confidence to wear them.
I’m proud to represent curvy women, but I definitely think more ne to be done for plus size fashion for women in the high street. All shops should stock from size 6 right through to sizes for bigger ladies. If you have confidence in yourself, you should be able to wear what you want. I gave a talk recently and asked women ‘what’s the most important thing when it comes to wearing a dress?’ You may think the size or the fit, but my answer is ‘the woman who is wearing it.’ If you’re happy and healthy both physically and mentally your size shouldn’t matter and you should be able to wear whatever clothes you want.”
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