Friday, 5 June 2015

5 ways that plus size fashion is getting it right!

Even a few years ago plus size fashion was a narrow prescriptive place. The sheer lack of availability of clothes in sizes over a size 14 meant that for the average plus size babe channeling the latest fashions was just an unattainable goal.
We have come a long way baby
Fast forward to 2015 and it’s a totally different landscape lets just take a moment to think about how far we have come:

# 1 We can shop at more than one store!
Its the fat girl unicorn-a world where we have more than one shop!
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Here in the UK until not so long ago if you were blessed with a fuller figure you could only shop at Evans, a few shops aimed at mature ladies or join a nudist colony. Stretchy pants, ugly tunics and elasticised waistbands were the only gig in town and trying to make that look stylish was no easy task. With the online revolution and fashion retailers realising that the plus size pound is just as valuable as the regular sized one whilst its not quite an embarrassment of riches there is definitely more choice.

# 2 It’s a riot of colour
I'm styling this out
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Rather like Ford cars plus size clothes used to come in any colour as long as it was black. The old fashioned notion that black is “slimming” saw a severe neglect of the colour spectrum in threads over a size 14 leaving us chubby fashion hounds desperate for some bright’s. Now if we want to wear all the colours of the rainbow we can (and often do)

#3 Its catwalk led
Sashsay shantay
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As a lover of couture I would flick through magazines longingly looking at the coverage of London and New York fashion week, the catwalk shows in Paris knowing that none of the trends featured would trickle down to plus size ranges. Now not only are our clothes bang on trend but we have our own shows. Evans led the way with their breathtaking show at London fashion week last year and increasingly fat fashion is making its mark in high fashion.Sashsay that booty.

#4 Its affordable
Don't break me
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Buying really beautiful larger clothes often felt like being held up by a masked man on a horse. Daylight robbery dressed up as retail. With so few options you just had to accept that you would always pay three times more for a pair of jeans than your smaller sisters. Now there are affordable brands who let us make impulse buys, luxuriate in fast fashion and mean we aren’t seriously broke because we need a new frock for Friday night.

#5 There are more natural Fabrics

Who knew a skater dress could be so flammable
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Plus size clothes have always had a tendency to be made in nasty man made fabrics. Many’s the time I have been afraid to stand too close to a naked flame for fear of going up like a Roman candle so flammable has been my skater dress. Whilst we might not completely be able to escape the tyranny of elastene we are seeing more clothes in cottons and linens and our skin love its.

My skin is happy and so am I

It’s wonderful to think how far plus size fashion has come and with it a limitless array of possibilities.
The freedom of expression this availability of clothes had offered not just me but a world of plus size women is phenomenal.

Sure there is still someway to go but overall the landscape for curvy girls is vibrant, eclectic, and this is encouraging a whole generation of plus size women  to throw themselves headfirst into fashion like children at a ball pool. I’m holding my nose and diving in-come join me wheeeee!

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