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They're Big(ger) And Gorgeous: V's Photo Shoot Of Women With Curves

In women on January 6, 2010 at 7:27 am
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Image by Adam UXB Smith via Flickr

Curvy girls rule!

If I have to look at one more scrawny 15-year-old girl who really needs to eat some pasta posing as The Most Beautiful A Woman Can Be I’ll scream. Gorgeous women come in all shapes and sizes and being a size 14 or 16 or — OMG — 18 — doesn’t mean you don’t love fashion, never wear make-up and want to schlump around in sweats until you’re suddenly a size 6.

Problem is, fashion hates larger women. J. Crew only offers its size 16s in their catalogs. French Connection won’t even make a garment over a size 10. H & M’s size XL might fit a skinny size 14, maybe. You’ll look in vain for anything luscious. The only truly upscale plus-sized label I’ve ever seen with clothes to die for — elegant cuts, creamy cashmere and silk — is Eskandar.  It’s sold at Neiman-Marcus and Holt Renfrew, Canada’s top department store. On sale, you’d be lucky to get a piece of it for $300 or $500.

Thus the double whammy — only fat rich women get attractive clothes? Come on, designers — it’s not that much more fabric and most of these pieces are dead simple. It’s not all about the pleats and fancy construction. What gives?

Enjoy the plus-size models in V’s issue focusing on larger women.

Thanks, T/Ser Katie Drummond for the tip!

  1. So true. If I was an investor I would put money in this market. Most women are a size 12 and up. And no one wants the “muffin top” from squeezing into too tight pants. Let’s get real. Most women, real American women, have boobs, butts and thighs. I hear Justin Timberlake’s “SexyBack” running through my brain now. Clothing manufacturers need to “get their sexy on.”

  2. Indeed! I worked at The North Face selling their clothing for two years and much of it is cut tight and small. I was forever warning adult women with boobs, butts and thighs about this — and/or consoling them when garments simply refused to accommodate their real shapes.

    We sold mens’ clothing in XXL — that is one big, fat dude — and only women’s largest sizes outside the store. I didn’t even know that until a customer told me.

    The insulting assumption is that you can’t be cute/stylish and not a skinny little pin. It also ignores — while men can shop for “athletic” cut clothing — that some women are simply larger not just because we bulge with fat rolls but because we’re muscular. I’ve rarely been able to buy boots, certainly the most fashionable ones, thanks to my large calves, the result of years of sports.

    Women don’t come in one size!

  3. Are those mannequins supposed to be “plus-size”?

  4. Forgive me for making what could be construed as a non-PC remark, but someone (not sure who) once made the observation that gay men have traditionally been the engine behind the fashion industry. And since gay men are not attracted to women, their fashion ideal is one of skinny young men. Is it any wonder, then, that the mannequins of choice are hipless, boobless, pre-pubescent looking women? I think not.

  5. Scott, I find it fascinating that when I use our photo-tool Zemanta and type in “plus size woman” or “fat woman” looking for an image, it essentially ignores me….!

    imho, this has been said many times. Certainly Eileen Fisher, a woman, makes clothes that forgive/flatter curves — even though some find them terribly boring. But there are many female designers whose clothes, equally, make no allowance for bigger sizes. Wanna be chic? Be skinny.

  6. Caitlin, I can’t wear boots either. Ditto on so-called “skinny jeans” …calves of steel, right?

  7. Even you! Maybe we need to start our own line of clothes/boots for athletic girls who want to look good away from the gym.

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