Last month, Melissa McCarthy appeared on the cover of ELLE magazine wearing a long, grey coat over a little black dress. But that jacket wasn’t just a jacket. It was a jacket some in the blogosphere attributed to a “fuck you” on the magazine’s part to women of McCarthy’s girth. Bloggers assumed that the plus-size actress was intentionally obscured under layers of fabric by stylists who were trying to hide her shape, perhaps thinking it would help sell magazines on stands. But McCarthy herself has been public about the fact she chose to wear that jacket. In fact, she picked it out herself! She just thought it was a gorgeous cashmere coat that would be fun to wear (and, in my opinion, it turned out to be a much more autumnal look for November than the usual starlets-in-bandage-dresses covers). Here, Melissa McCarthy is on “Ellen” today talking about how she thought all the fuss around “jacketgate” was completely silly. It’s a good lesson in how sometimes you need to find out how people themselves feel about issues before getting worked up on their behalf. Melissa McCarthy seems to have genuinely loved the coat and it is ridiculous that our idea of fighting back about body hatred means everyone showing an equal amount of skin, as opposed to everyone being accepted for how they choose to dress. Thanks, well-meaning bloggers, but no thanks. [YouTube]
How freakin’ cute is Hilary Duff’s outfit here? I’m obsessed with the casual striped sweater (this photo doesn’t show it very well, but it has red accents on the collar and in the back) dressed up with sassy red pumps and a purse that costs more than a Montana ranch. I found all the pieces you’ll need to recreate her look, all in plus sizes, and all for around $60 or less. Sound good? Get all the shopping details after the jump! Keep reading »
Rent the Runway has been the go-to for special occasions since its inception in 2009. Need a catwalk-worthy dress or purse for an event, but don’t have the funds to cash in on it? Rent the Runway hooks it up for a diminutive fraction of its original price (think a Vera Wang gown for $275 instead of $2,000), provided you return your items within the allotted 4- or 8-day window. But despite its obvious advantages, and its convenience factor, the service has always seriously lacked in one area: plus sizes.
CEO Jenn Hyman gathered a who’s who of the fashion industry’s top plus-size bloggers and journalists to introduce the brand’s exciting new endeavor. Hyman told the crowd that when she first launched Rent the Runway, she asked designers to offer wares for sizes 0 through 22, and found herself “laughed out of the room.” But with the passage of time, and the growing acceptance of increased sizes in the industry at large, Rent the Runway will now offer styles from designers like Carmen Marc Valvo, Badgley Mischka, and Theia (a few examples shown above) up to a size 22. Hyman went on to say, “We are so proud that our business has grown enough that we are finally able to make designer fashion not only accessible to, but also inclusive of, women of all shapes and sizes.” [Fashionista]
Why for the love of all that’s holy do designers continue to make only the most heinous of options for plus sized women? What would be the harm in, oh I don’t know, giving plus sized women the same clothing options as straight-sized women? Oh no! We couldn’t possibly treat all women with the same respect regardless of their size. We all know that a woman’s worth is only defined by her beauty, and beauty is of course only based on size. The Huffington Post pointed us in the direction of WTF Plus Size Clothing Manufacturers? and it’s both hilarious and upsetting. We’ve written about just how unacceptably ugly plus size clothing is recently, and this tumblr shows us some concrete examples. We need more people to call out manufacturers for the way they treat anything other their straight-sized customers. Read more at The Gloss…
“I’ve had my own moments in front of designers when I’ve actually said, ‘You know, there’s a market here for expanding your work, and here it is,’” Gunn told us. “And frankly, there are two markets: The women who are larger than the 12, and then there are women who are petite. And most designers that I talk to have absolutely no interest in addressing either of those populations, which I find repugnant.”
– “Project Runway” judge Tim Gunn on the dearth of options for plus-size and petite-size women. Gunn is also frustrated by the lack of thought and care that goes into so much of the plus-size clothing out there. “Go to Lord & Taylor on Fifth Avenue, I think it’s the eighth floor, and it’s just a department called ‘Woman,’” he said. “It’s rather devastating. You’ve never seen such hideous clothes in your entire life. I mean, it’s simply appalling. Thank God there are no windows on that floor, because if I were a size 18, I’d throw myself right out the window [after seeing those clothes]. It’s insulting what these designers do to these women.” He’s got a point. What’s your favorite plus-size brand? Share with us in the comments. [Huffington Post]
Confession: I didn’t know who Ashley Madekwe was until I Googled her (Aha! She’s in “Revenge”!), but I do know a perfect summer outfit when I see one, and this cutoffs and slouchy striped t-shirt combo she wore recently is just about as perfect as they come. This cute, casual outfit would look so good on women of every shape and size, so I found two version of it that range in size from XS to 3X (as well as a more affordable version of that $1700 McQueen Union Jack clutch she’s carrying). Read on for shopping details! Keep reading »
I was instantly entranced by Jessie J’s hot pink pants and the way she styled ‘em with a sheer black blouse, gold accessories, and a funky zebra print tote bag. After the jump, check out all the pieces you need to recreate her rock ‘n roll look — all in plus sizes, and all for $89 or less! Keep reading »
Although Abercrombie & Fitch has been hit hard with criticism for not carrying larger sizes in stores, they’re far from the only company ignoring the plus-size customer base. We already knew anything over size 10 is considered “plus size” at Forever 21. Now, according to Huffington Post, Lululemon Athletica, a Canadian clothing company that focuses on yoga and running attire, also is biased against customers who require larger sizes.
As company that sells athletic gear, Lululemon wants to portray an image of health and wellness. How healthy a person is, however, is not to be confused with how skinny a person is. This is where Lululemon goes wrong.
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I’m pretty sure I literally gasped when I saw this photo of Gabrielle Union in a retro orangey-red dress and bold gold accessories. She looks so gorgeous, doesn’t she?. The neckline and shape of her dress would be great for ladies with curves, so I was inspired to find a plus-size version. Mission accomplished. Check out all the shopping details after the jump! Keep reading »