Ladies, I’ve discovered the simplest possible way for designers and manufacturers to start really addressing the fashion needs of their plus-size customers. Sure, it’d be great if there were more designers who learned how to cut patterns for larger size. It would also be fantastic if we saw more men and women models represent a variety of body shapes and sizes. My answer is much simpler.
It’s time to burn up all the fabric dyed these colors:
Why? The majority of plus-sized fashion that isn’t black, red, or navy is one of these five colors. And it has been since sometime in the early ’80s when I first realized the junior’s department was not going to meet my shopping needs. This limited color selection has created what I like to call the plus-size paradox.
Exhibit A: The basic t-shirt.
It’s time we break free of the time vortex holding our fashion choices to the time when this was popular:
An informal scan of all the stores offering plus-sized fashion I could find in a thirty minute marathon with The Googles found that when items weren’t one of the above offending shades, they were one of these:
Now, if you will, observe the fashion colors in the following well known clip:
I don’t know about the rest of you, but as much as I love Dorothy, Blanche, Rose and Sophia, I’m a good thirty years from an age I can pull off their sartorial feats. Even then, I’m not sure I want to.
Still doubt me? Take a look at this random sampling of plus-size fashions I found online today.* First, count how many poor women are shown without a head. Second, count how many are actually wearing plus-sized clothing, and then third, count how many fall into one or more of the above colors. (Click each image to see it bigger.)
*I’ve removed all identifying details, to protect the innocent.