I recently graduated from fashion design school, and am starting to cultivate what I want my line to be like. In the mean time, I still see items that I would like to see made in plus sizes regardless of whether I make them or not. Creating a plus size line is hard. Trying to develop a decent size chart and patterns to match is stressful, and trying to fight people’s stereotypes and misconceptions about themselves and how they should dress and/or how plus size women should dress in general is even more stressful. I get why developing a plus size line is hard, but come on…some of us want cute styles too.
I am heavily influenced by street style photography. Phil Oh is one of the best at capturing these random images of people sashaying from fashion show to fashion show for Vogue Magazine. I love how these women put looks together that I would think would match, but strangely do. I also love how they take one item of clothing and maximize to the height of fashion with a cool accessory or shoe. You don’t need much to make a great outfit.
Some people have a hard time with plus size women wearing big or oversized clothes. With all the body conscious skirts and dresses and crop tops out there, plus size women are finally feeling freedom. As a matter of fact, they get offended when they see designers making oversized clothes for plus size women. I love oversized clothes because I am love with a freer, more minimal look.. I am more prone to buy something boxy or oversized as a preference. I don’t see anything wrong with bodycon clothing, that just isn’t my style, and that is ok. The picture below is something that I would make for my line. I think it -along with all the others-would look great in plus and straight sizes.
Photos from Vogue Magazine and Phil Oh.