When Target announced that its latest collaboration would be with Lilly Pulitzer, the godmother of American resortwear and technicolor prints, reactions were mixed. Her fan base — crazy, evangelistic, largely white — was less than pleased, worried that their precious brand would be sullied by the unwashed masses plundering Target’s aisles in search of stretch pants and toilet paper. But, the plus-size fashion community rejoiced, because for the first time in Target’s history of designer collaborations, this collection would be available in larger sizes. Finally! As someone who toes the line between straight and plus size, the Target collaborations have long been something that I can just look at and never really get. Even though Lilly Pulitzer’s vision doesn’t precisely line up with my TBD summer 2015 lewk (Birkenstocks and smock dresses, probs), I was delighted to know that I would at least have the option of trying on a flamingo-print short set, or whatever. My dreams of rubbing shoulders with Mitzi and Bun-Bun at the club in Palm Springs have been dashed, though, because the plus-sizes will only be sold online. That’s fucked up.
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Fascinatingly, there are many people out there who do not understand the concept of clothing. According to the Webster Dictionary, clothing is defined as “garments in general.” You put on clothes in order to clothe yourself, as is customary in polite society. And yet, there are always lists of items “fat girls can’t wear” (I would link, but I don’t want to give them the clicks and anybody who really wants to can Google ‘em). Strangely, these grumpy disgruntled jerks expert fashion critics do not seem to understand that plus size women can, indeed, wear these items in order to clothe themselves–and when styled well, as with any outfit, they will look fantastic. Read more on The Gloss…
“I would like to do a season of Project Runway where every model is larger than a size 12.”
Tim Gunn had a great answer to the question, “What reality show have you not done but wish you could?” in a recent roundtable interview with The Hollwood Reporter. A special season of PR dedicated to designing clothing for women size 12 and above, of course! God, I would watch the hell out of this, wouldn’t you? You hear that, Bravo? We want a plus-size “Project Runway.” As soon as possible. Make it work. [Hollywood Reporter]
Fashion blogger GabiFresh deals with her fair share of haters. As a plus-size woman in the fashion world, getting passed over for opportunities, being judged for her size, and dealing with vicious comments about her body are par for the course. After hearing Beyonce’s song, “***Flawless,” and seeing the video, Gabi was inspired to use Bey’s empowerment anthem to make a major statement of her own. She said: Keep reading »
Ladies, this is not your mother’s plus-size swimsuit catalog. First of all, the suits are sexy, flattering, and in no way resemble a waterproof muumuu. Second of all, Torrid has unveiled the first “official face” of the brand, plus-size model Georgina Burke, and she is absolutely stunning. She’s also an outspoken advocate for more body diversity in the fashion world, telling Women’s Wear Daily, “Sixty-eight percent of women in America are over size 12. Why can’t we be put in the magazine as well? Who’s to say we aren’t good enough to be in there? What’s wrong with putting me as the face of a company or using us in a magazine or putting us out there in a fashionable way?” Preach! After the jump, check out another shot of Georgina wearing a fabulous red polka dot suit that you’re going to want in your closet, like, now. Keep reading »
Anyone who wears a hard-to-find, frequently sold-out, or generally ignored size knows that shopping can be an extremely frustrating experience. The next time you’ve scoured the racks and your size is nowhere to be found, channel that frustration into one of these polite-but-productive clothes calling cards, and leave it with the manager. You can print out the cards for free or purchase them on Etsy, with proceeds benefiting Dress For Success. [Clothes Calling Card via Already Pretty]