Plus size fashion creates a media buzz fairly often these days from the Today Show to the New York Times. But it came as a surprise to everyone in the curvy community when the literary giant, The New Yorker, published a story entitled "The Plus Size, Full-Figured Fashions Get a New Look" in the September 2014 edition. The issue wasn't on the newsstands five minutes before the Internet lit up with the news.
I first got word from my dear, and so well read friend Fran. Fran actually belongs to a group that meets every month to discuss the current issue of The New Yorker. Think of it as a book club but the reading is a magazine. Not just any magazine.
The New Yorker first debuted in 1925. For coming close to a 90 years, the magazine entertains and educates loyal readers with a sophisticated style of writing about news, arts and culture, pop culture and a very high level of journalism and fictional literature .
Full-Figured Fashions Buzz
Talented writer Lizzie Widdicombe pens a story for The New Yorkers with a sense of discovery and adventure. When I read the article, it gave me the sense of exploration that you often get from reading a travel story in the Sunday paper.
I can only assume that Widdicombe isn't plus size, although she never actually reveals her size. I reach that conclusion because so much of what she saw and heard during her research appears to be news to her. But it's old hat for those of us in the curvy community. For example:
- plus size bloggers are revitalizing fashion for full-figured women
- department stores banish plus size special occasions dresses to a remote location like a corner or the basement, often next to the candy counter.
- brand name designers shy away from advertising plus size fashion
- plus size fashionistas want to wear bold, bright colors and prints
- the average American woman is a size 14
Widdicombe may have been new to plus size fashion. But she submerged herself in apparel with zeal exploring brands, models, magazines, events, market research and even the language of plus size fashion. Her story is thorough and comprehensive.
One observation that left a big impact on me was the sense that the fashion world could be on the verge of a "democratization". The concept is that fashion would be created equally no matter what the size. Think of it just you don't have to be rich to wear Vera Wang now. You can shop her collection at Kohls. What Widdicombe forecasts is coming is now that access to fashion won't just restricted to breaking price barriers, it will also break size barriers.
You won't want to miss this story that underscores bigger is better when it comes to today's full-figured fashions. This is a must read! See the full article in The New Yorker.
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