The Plus-Size Fashion Industry Is Boring

The Plus-Size Fashion Industry Is A Boring Mess

People don't stop liking color when they reach a size 14.

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It is no secret that the plus-size fashion industry is something that is often overlooked or pushed aside. It is time for that to stop.

Plus-size models start at size 8, but plus-size clothing in stores often starts between a 12 and a 14. This means that people who are shopping in the plus-sized section are looking at people who are modeling clothes that aren't even available. The plus-size fashion industry is misleading from the start.

There are many complaints with the plus-size industry. One of the major ones is that it is just boring. Once you start getting up into size 12 or 14, you lose the spark that clothes of smaller sizes have. Plus-sized clothes are often neutral tones, tan, black white, and are made with the thought that the person wearing it will want to hide their body. This means that most clothes are made to be loose-fitting or have ruffles or even built-in shapewear.

This is true of bathing suits and underwear as well. As the size increases, options increase. Lingerie is hard to find for anyone larger than an XL in most cases. Underwear losses its bows and frills and turns into nothing but thick-straps, underwire, and tan. Bathing suits are made almost exclusively to hide the body. Nearly all plus-sized bathing suit bottoms are high-waisted and nearly all the tops are long and cover the entire chest. It is also nearly impossible to find a plus-sized bathing suit in any color other than black.

The struggle to find fun and unique plus-sized pieces can be shown by the new Hulu original, "Shrill." The show stars Aidy Bryant, a plus-sized woman. When trying to put together a wardrobe to match the character's outward personality, the designers were stuck, seemingly only able to find "fashion staples" in plus-sizes. This led to the costume designer Amanda Needham having to design and make nearly everything Bryant wears on the show. There are a few pieces that are pulled from either plus-sized brands or plus-sized lines, but these items are few and far apart and are often the simplest items.

The fact that a television show that has the money and the resources to find plus-sized clothes from any brand, but still had to make their own clothes shows just how out-of-date the plus-size fashion industry is.

While a lot of "fast fashion" companies like Forever 21 do offer a plus-size line, the clothes are often fewer in number and in styles. However, high-end fashion is almost completely devoid of plus-sized fashion, often stopping at size 14 or 16, with only items like shirts and sweater going that high. However, the argument could be made that those are there not for the plus-sized people who want to buy it, but for the people who are now into the trend of wearing over-sized clothes.

Okay, great, there's a lot wrong with the plus-size fashion industry, but how do we fix it? Well, the first thing companies need to do is realize that there are plus-size people out there who do want to spend money on cute clothes, but aren't because there are none available.

Next, fashion companies have to understand that plus-sized women just want the same clothes that they offer in a size 2 to be offered in a size 16 or 18. While this will require more work than just making the pattern bigger, it is worth it for companies to do because there are women out there who want to buy it. Just look at Rhianna's Fenty lingerie line, as one example, it offers cute lingerie in sizes up to XXXL, and is a thriving business.

The fastest way to ensure that plus-size fashion is something that is easily accessible is to make sure that high-end retailers are doing it. Since they are the ones that set the trends and act as an example for everyday brands, by them putting in the effort to make true plus-size fashion, it will make its way down the fashion line into companies lived by all consumers.

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10 Outfits Every College Girl Wears To Class At Least Once

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It's happened on more than one occasion.

The occasion of being called out more than once for dressing down for class and by "down" I mean some of the haters we hate to love claiming that they can't see the shorts we're wearing under the oversized band tee on our way to class.

Contrary to popular belief, yes I'm not oblivious to how my choice of outfits for class tends to shift on the more comfortable side and yes, I am aware that it looks like I'm not wearing pants, I like it that way.

Every girl in college wears what they feel is comfortable enough to wear in a 2-hour lecture and these are my ideas of comfort.

1. The infamous oversized tee with Nike shorts.

I'll say it right now, I have a variety of assorted Soffee and Nike shorts that I pair with almost every oversized tee I own and it's my go-to for those 8 AM math lectures.

2. Oversized tee with leggings and riding boots.

Once the first red, yellow and orange leaf is found on campus grounds, you know you're about to see a swarm of college girls, like me, sporting riding boots in every shade of brown. Jeans optional.

3. Oversized tee with leggings and rain boots.

Once the first rainfall hits campus, you better believe you'll see this same 'fit paired with Hunter boots in almost every color.

4. The "I'm going to the gym right after class, I SWEAR" look.

Whether or not I have plans to go to the gym after class or not, I'm probably in my gym gear 4 times of the week and I'm not ashamed by it.

5. Jeans.

I've always had a hate/hate relationship with wearing jeans when I absolutely do not have to and here's why: they make my derriere completely disappear. When (and if) you catch me wearing jeans in lecture hall it's probably because someone paid me a large sum of money to do so.

6. Your boyfriend's flannel paired with... you guessed it, your favorite pair of leggings.

This is probably one of the many flannels I've stolen from my boyfriend and certainly not the last one. Paired with another favorite standard black leggings, you can't go wrong with this outfit to snooze in.

7. The baseball hat and quarter zip ensemble.

One of my all times favorites, you can't go wrong with a zipper up 3x too big for your body and a baseball hat you honestly forgot where you got it from. We also can't forget our infamous black leggings.

8. Your "walk of shame" outfit.

Now, this doesn't mean you roll up to Intro to Psychology wearing what you wore to the lacrosse mixer the night before, no. This is more of the outfit you so quickly had to throw on in a span of two minutes because you left so and so's apartment downtown an hour too late.

9. A v-neck.

Another one of my favorites.

10. Dresses (or anything even relatively formal).

Disclaimer: I personally would never come to class wearing this but gigantic kudos to cute a** girls that do decide to wear this because you look good.

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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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