In today’s guest article, Edith from Style has No size, fashion stylist, graphic designer and blogger, introduces us to a new generation in fashion: the ‘inbetweenies’.
Style has no size! In my opinion, a size 18 woman can look as stylish and fashionable as a woman wearing a size 8. When it comes to style, why should size matter, and why the need to define how we look by the sizes printed in our labels? Currently, in the fashion industry, women are fitted into two categories; ‘straight size’ and ‘plus size’, but what about those of us wearing a size 12-18; in between sizes, who bridge the gap between these categories? It’s my mission to bring the meaning of the ‘inbetweenies’ to people’s attention.
Top fashion designers still use ‘regular’ models to show their creations, which wouldn’t be a problem, if it were not for the fact that these are anything but regular size girls. For most high-fashion labels, the largest size they carry is a meager size 12. Unfortunately, for women it’s just not representative of our bodies. We are the ‘inbetweenies’, and why shouldn’t we be able to buy ourselves a beautifully designed outfit, if pricing doesn’t exclude us, then why should size?
Like my mother, I have always been an ‘inbetweenie’, and she has long been my inspiration. Having owned her own fashion academy, she has always managed to interpret and tailor the latest runway trends to suit. This is how I have grown up, knowing it was possible to live in the notion that style has no size! So why, now that I am in the position of being able to splash out on a designer item, am I so disappointed to discover that there is very little to offer a woman of my size? Working as a fashion stylist, I am able to source stylish and fashionable look-a-like designer outfits on a budget, but not all ‘inbetweenies’ have the time, even though they might have the money. Women these days lead busy lives and want the ease of buying beautiful items and wearing them with pride!
The plus size fashion collections I have found on the high street are often unfit for the ‘inbetweenies’. The fit is either too big, shapeless or just plain thoughtless. You have a far better chance of succeeding in ‘straight size’ shops by picking out the XL sizes in a style you like, and with a bit of luck, you will find something that is more current. Brands as Carmakoma, Anna Scholz and Sallie Sahne are getting more into fashion lately. The Elena Miro runway is fabulous! That’s a good improvement. A new generation of plus size women are confident with their sizes, so their demand for fashionable clothes is getting bigger. Fortunately there are numerous big fashion chains catching also on to our demands. They are updating their collections to a larger range of sizes.
I think in the future there will not be 2 fashion-worlds anymore. Plus size will not be separate anymore from straight size fashion. That’s what I am hoping for: collections from size 6 to maybe a size 22. So the media can show a diversity of model sizes – because it’s ridiculous to call a size 12 model plus size. I know, everything not size zero is called plus size.
Even the aesthetic of today’s role models have changed, such as singers Adele and Carol Emerald, being examples of confident, stylish women that have gained fame and success ‘despite’ being curvy. And also the famous ‘inbetweenie’ models like Robyn Lawley, Tara Lynn, Laura Catterall and more… Fashion needs to change too, famous labels need to make designer items in larger sizes – and by larger I mean bigger than a 14.
And so I have a dream, and that is that high end fashion samples like Sonia Rykiel, Marc Jacobs or Chanel would be made and shown in two sizes, size 8 and size 14. Fashion magazines should be filled with all kinds of models, varying in size. Only this would be an accurate reflection of today’s women. So that we, as ‘inbetweenie’ fashion lovers can buy that designer item we always dreamed of, instead of settling for yet another pair of shoes.