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Plus-Size Fashion: Does Size Matter?

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Now, we have several bones to pick; if UK sizes 4-10 are sample size and sizes 16+ are plus-size, then where do sizes 10-14 stand? Are sample sizes necessarily better than plus-sizes and why are we still so defined by numbers and labels? While these standards of sizing may seem innocent on the surface, they can have negative impacts on the way women see themselves and the way that society sees women.

If you read our Just Curvy Crush on actress Dascha Polanco a couple of weeks ago, you would have read Dascha’s struggle of not being able to find clothes that fitted her figure or style because she does not fit into what’s deemed as sample size. This is such a shame, as her and many other beautiful women are not fully being given the opportunity to express themselves through their choice of clothing. However, at least if celebrities are facing these problems too, they can raise awareness of the problems that us so-called normal people face!

Fellow celebrity and Just Curvy Crush, Ashley Graham, has also bore the brunt of the discussion. While Ashley has faced a tonne of support from her 2.2 million Instagram fans for representing plus-size beauty, following a recent Instagram post some of her fans were offended by her seemingly slimmer silhouette. Comments under her Instagram post read: “Where are your curves?” causing Ashley to question her responsibility as a role model to her fans.

While Ashley faces difficulties in representing plus-sizes, we see another problem where there is actually an under-representation of in-between sizes in the media. Lifestyle blogger Franziska Hasselhoff is known to some as the poster girl for the larger average-sized girl, which she finds difficult to address, stating: “It’s a backhanded compliment”.

It’s not difficult to see the negative impacts of so much negative body talk; women’s body confidence could suffer and younger girls could be led astray, increasing or reducing their size in order to conform to a particular ideal.

Admittedly, the fashion industry has made some progress in regards to extending size ranges from sizes XS, S, M, L, XL to even XXXXL, but it just isn’t enough! Shopping is difficult enough let alone when different brands are catering to different demographics, using different size ranges, making it hard to compare. What’s worse is that brands often engage in vanity sizing, whereby clothes are made bigger than what the label states, distorting female body image even further.

However, here at Just Curvy we’ve got you covered with our stylish range, available in sizes 12-26. In the meantime though we should all really gain some clarity on whether size does matter.