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Why We Need To Talk About Body Inclusivity in Fashion

Why We Need To Talk About Body Inclusivity in Fashion

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I am so excited to share today’s post with my lovely photographer, Sarah Wolfe. I am launching a NEW series around body inclusivity in fashion! I am going to be working with Sarah to highlight brands that provide inclusive sizing for all women. We are going to be featuring the same pieces in our respective sizes.

 

SIZE INCLUSIVE FASHION

Many women find shopping stressful. That is a large part of why I started my blog – to make more fashion fun and accessible. But I have always taken for granted how easy it has been for me to find pieces and styles in my size. I am typically a size 6-8. It’s something that I had never really given a lot of thought about until I started working with Sarah, who is a size 16-18. She has shared her experience with brands and fashion:

 

Sarah’s Experience: “I always thought I couldn’t be in fashion due to my size and I never felt like the brands were talking to me. I have been told not to waste my time shopping and that nothing would fit me. How can I feel positive about my body in a world that tells me my body is not included.”

 

I began to really look at the brands and retailers that I shop to see if they offer inclusive sizing. I was shocked by how many brand’s sizes stop at a size 12 or just go up to large. This seems like such a large miss to me and a poor business decision. Retailers are leaving money on the table by actively ignoring a huge customer base and only catering to a subset of women in select sizes

 

The reality of women’ sizes in the US is:

A study published in the International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education revealed, “The average size of an American woman is now between 16 to 18. With 67% of American women wearing a size 14 or larger. Plus-sized shoppers represent $20 billion worth of buying power

 

 

HOLDING BRANDS ACCOUNTABLE

It’s been amazing to see the role social media has played with holding brands accountable for making clothes for all sizes. Someone who does an amazing job of holding brands accountable for the sizes they offer is Kate Sturino,  founder of ‘The 12ish Style’ and Megababe.

 

She has been featured everywhere from WWD, Refinery29, and Entrepreneur around her Body Positivity movement. She started a “Make My Size” hashtag on Instagram and regularly posts to ask brands like Zimmerman, Theory and Neiman Marcus to make inclusive sizes. She recently partnered with Stitch-Fix, a popular styling service, to create a 21-piece collection. The best part is that this collection is 100% size-inclusive clothing line — and it retails for under $100!

 

REFORMATION – INCLUSIVE SIZING

The first brand we are featuring is Reformation! Sarah and I love their dresses! Reformation added extended sizes in 2018 and now permanently offer inclusive sizing from 0-24. We picked their Carina Midi Wrap Dress to feature. I am wearing a size 6 and Sarah is rocking a size 16.

 

 

My goal with this inclusivity series is to really put my money, attention and focus behind brands that are really catering to all women and not just some women.

 

Size inclusive means that, no matter how you look – short, tall, big, small, athletic, curvy, flat, plus size – you will not be discriminated against based on your size. When it comes to clothes, it means a brand is trying to cover as many different sizes as possible and doesn’t just cater to one figure. 

 

What brands do you know that are size inclusive you think we should feature?? 

Tell us below! 

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Photography by Sarah Wolfe

 

 

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