Brandy Melville's One-Size-Only Thing Is Something We Need To Talk About

Dear Brandy Melville, I Love You But This Is The Reason Other People Don't

Brandy, we've got to talk...

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I have been shopping at Brandy Melville for as long as I can remember. Okay, I actually remember buying my first shirt from there in my freshman year of high school. The point is, I've been giving them business quite consistently for the past six years of my life. I would say that the majority of my wardrobe is from Brandy Melville, and at least one part of my outfit every day is a staple item from them. However, my enthusiasm for their products allow me to turn a blind eye to one of the biggest issues surrounding their clothes: they only come in one size.

Shopping at Brandy Melville has usually never been an issue for me. I'm usually a small in other clothing brands, and Brandy's "one size" is generally closest to a size small/extra small anyway. However, there have been quite a few times when the jeans or shorts did not fit me. Now I knew what it was like for all of the people who are not size small, which happens to be most people. It's 2019. By now, you would think that a clothing company as widely known as this one would know to make their sizing more inclusive. I'm also surprised there hasn't been more discussion about this, shaming the company for their "one-size" choice.

Brandy Melville is an international company, and as a Brandy enthusiast, I have gone out of my way to visit their store in several European cities, including Florence, Rome, Barcelona, and Amsterdam. I have noticed that in some European chains, a range of sizes does exist, which makes me question why it is just the United States that continues the one-size concept. Especially with the recent movements for body-positivity, self-love promotion, and a lot of other companies expanding their size ranges, I fail to understand why the company has not followed suit. Not only would their business spike most likely, but the company's reputation would probably benefit greatly.

Perhaps I am a little bit biased, but I think Brandy Melville's simplistic and easy-to-match style is one that everyone should consider investing in, at least a few pieces. But the fact that only individuals who fit a typical size extra small/small can wear their clothes just excludes so many, which I personally don't think is fair. So a note to Brandy Melville: I love your clothes, and I'm sure everyone else would if you just let more people wear them. Size smalls aren't the only size.

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Top 5 Best Dress Websites To Shop At

These websites are sure to help you find what you're looking for!
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It's that time of year again! With prom, sorority/fraternity formals, weddings, and graduation parties all coming up there are so many different reasons you'll need to go shopping for a new dress. However, dress shopping can be stressful and with so many different stores/websites available it can the experience extremely overwhelming. Below I have narrowed down the top five best websites to shop at that will be sure to meet all your dress needs:


1. Tobi

Tobi is one of my favorite dress websites! The site offers a wide variety of dress options at very affordable prices. Every time I have ordered a dress from Tobi I have been able to get it for half of the original price listed. Anytime I need to buy a dress, Tobi is the first website I go to.


2. Boohoo

Boohoo is a global fashion retailer offering thousands of styles across both menswear and womenswear. Out of all five of these websites, Boohoo's clothing is the least expensive option. On top of their already low prices, Boohoo is always offering discount codes on their website for up to 50% off.


3. Lulus

Though Lulus is the most expensive of the five websites, in my opinion, their products are of the highest quality. Both of the dresses I have ordered from this site were made with thick material and fit true to size. If you have the money saved up, I highly recommend buying a dress from this website.


4. Missguided

Missguided is a website that I have recently become familiar with and is the best website to shop at if you are in need of a more formal dress. There is even a section for affordable prom dresses! The best part about this website is that they always offer a student discount.


5. Showpo

Disclaimer: I haven't actually ordered anything from this site myself, however, a lot of my friends swear by Showpo. The online boutique offers a unique product variety offering clothing options you can't find elsewhere. Every time I have worn anything from the site, I have always received compliments. The only downside of Showpo is that it takes longer than other websites to ship their products to the United States because the company is based in Australia.

These websites are sure to help you find what you're looking for!

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Gucci’s Commodification Of Cultural Clothing Is A Problem The Fashion Industry Needs To Address

Brands like Gucci and Zara are only commodifying the culture of others rather than making any attempt to celebrate and respect them.

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Recently, Gucci faced backlash for selling Sikh turbans as hats for $790. The brand had already come under fire when the turbans were featured in Gucci's Fall 2018 show, especially due to Gucci's use of white models to wear the turbans on the runway. It seems that the previous backlash has not discouraged Gucci from continuing on to sell the turbans for a high price.

Members of the Sikh community were quick to express outrage at the monetization of the turbans, pointing out the religious significance of the Sikh turban. The reduction of the turban to a mere accessory for fashion is offensive enough on its own, but selling them at such a high price only further commodifies an item that is considered sacred to many and would normally not cost nearly as much in the Sikh community.

This incident with Gucci, however, is far from being the only instance where a cultural item has been monetized in the fashion industry. Many have also questioned Zara's new sandals, which bear a close resemblance to waraji, woven straw sandals that were once popular among common people in Japan. The main source of confusion among members of the Japanese community was the price of the sandals, which are being sold at 7,990 yen ($72) while waraji are usually only 200-300 yen (about $2-$3).

Waraji do not appear to have the same spiritual significance as the Sikh turban, but both Gucci's and Zara's attempts to sell these items for much higher prices are all-too-common examples of cultural appropriation. Even if the item does not have sacred or religious value, it is still something that belongs to another culture and should not be monetized in such a manner. Drawing inspiration from other cultures is not harmful on its own if done respectfully, but simply borrowing cultural items and selling them as luxury items at a higher price range is far from being respectful. In these instances, these items are passed off "better" than the original by a brand that does not come from the culture it is borrowing from. Zara should not be given more credit than the people of Japan who used to wear waraji. In the case of Gucci, the turban should not have been touched at all.

The monetization of other cultures is, unfortunately, far too common, especially in the fashion industry. Brands like Gucci and Zara are only commodifying the culture of others rather than making any attempt to celebrate and respect them. Hiking up the prices of items belonging to another culture is a glaringly obvious act of cultural appropriation and a trend that needs to stop.

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