As plus size women we have to be creative when it comes to shopping in order to broaden our personal style. Every now and again we have to venture into straight size stores to see what new styles they have. As I advocate on this blog, sometimes you have to focus on the cut and not the size when you’re not shopping in plus size stores in order to get some of the trends and looks that plus size brands don’t carry. You never know what goodies you may find.
Today I wanted to share with you a few spring pieces that I love from American Eagle. Aside from carrying jeans and super cute tees, surprisingly American Eagle has a pretty nice collection of dresses, blazers, and bags. While I can’t fit any of their jeans because they’re all low rise and do not accommodate my voluptuous hips and derriere, I do love buying their girlie tops and feminine blazers. In case you didn’t know, American Eagle goes up to a size 18 and XXL in their clothes. For this spring season I’m coveting quite a few of their pieces to update my wardrobe and the best part is that they’re all under $40.
1. Ikat Print Scarf, $19.50
2. Striped Strapless Dress, $34.50
3. White Corset Tube Dress, $39.50
4. Striped Schoolboy Blazer, $39.95
5. FEED tote bag, 39.50
6. Aerie Yellow Open Stitch Nautical Sweater, $33.37
7. AE Camp Shirt, $34.50
After viewing tons of backstage videos of NYFW I came across a video from one of my favorite blogs The Cut
. Amy Odell from The Cut did a Q&A asking about the plus size model trend at fashion week 2011. After listening to comments from straight size models, stylists, and a few designers there was one comment that stood out to me. Designer Douglas Hannant responded to the question saying this, “I think plus size models are beautiful but its not my idea on the runway because I’m not doing a plus size line.”
His comment made me stop and think to myself, is there a point where we as a plus size community should respect a designers vision not to use plus size models or create a plus size line, without feeling slighted? In the creative world of fashion vision is everything. In many cases it can make or break you as a designer. If it is not a designer’s vision to do plus size or use a plus size model then we should respect that, right?
Here’s a little piece of my mind. Aside from designers losing out on big bucks by excluding plus sizes, I think many designer visions are narrow minded. Designers need to start challenging themselves and start stepping outside of the box. Inspiration is what creates visions. Maybe designers should start spending a little time with plus size women (they have them in their families too) to understand our needs and wants, then they can become truly inspired to include us and start creating lines that are inclusive of all sizes.
Share your thoughts!
Hey curvy girls all over the world,
The lovely people at Simply Be just hooked SC up with their new Spring 2011 lookbook. The pieces the model is wearing are very bohemian chic. Bold prints, maxi dresses, and a few classic pieces like tie waist shorts and a classic trench makes SC ready for spring to come. Simply Be has a US site so you can all grab up these pieces now.
Checkout the Simply Be 2011 Lookbook