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Plus size fashion: Saluting the Plus size fashion divas!


Plus size diva

Plus size diva

I just got chastised, by a plus size friend on the blogosphere. Apparently I don’t know what I am talking about. Only a ‘Fatshion’ blogger knows what its like and has the right to comment on plus size fashion.  In case you are wondering (I know I was), fat is not used in a negative context meaning something to be shed or loathed but an acceptance of being real and perfectly normal.

Plus size shopping is hard; the concept of just waltzing in a mall and picking an outfit in your size is apparently unheard of. The entire fashion industry is tailored (literally) for size 18 and below. So what do you do when you are a size 24? The few brands that do cater to plus size fashion have limited styles and work from the standpoint that if you are a plus size you are definitely 9 feet tall. So what do you do when you are short and fat? Love vintage or retro or basically have a personal style? What about if you are plus size and pregnant? Try finding clothes that fit a plus size with an hour glass figure, apparently if you are that big you are not allowed to have a tiny waist!?

Also, you are penalised for seeking out plus size fashion by being charged exorbitant amounts, not mention the fact that the designs are inspired by what granny used to wear.  Stylish shoes that fit are non-existent and there is a conception that plus size women don’t need hosiery??!!

What was I thinking when I wrote a post on how to be a plus size fashion diva? Did I think that plus size women have no sense of fashion and no sense of style? Except for the positive body image message, I apparently scored very low on all other counts. To that I say my humble apologies! It just hit home what an international conspiracy there is against curvy women.

To all the plus size women who overcome all these hurdles and still rock it, I salute you!  You gals are true divas, your constant vigil for stylish outfits, your online scavenger hunts, your years of experimentation and dedication to fashion is truly inspiring!

I end with a comment that made me smile, “Offcourse we are in shape, round is a shape!”



Author: Antonia Rapheal

Author, blogger, philosopher and mother of three. I ruminate over things that disturb me, write about things that inspire me and blog about things that tend to annoy me. I love life and it saddens me to think that there are so many people out there, unhappy and stressed. I hope that my writings and stories will help ease a little of that.

9 thoughts on “Plus size fashion: Saluting the Plus size fashion divas!

  1. Sticks and stones may break my bones but clothes will never hurt me! x

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  3. Short, Simple & precise article with quite good photos.Keep posting such a nice article. I also run fashion blog on plus size clothing & accessories. Do visit at for more information. Feel free to share & your feedback is most welcome.

  4. You make a very good point when you say that just walking into a mall and picking up a dress or new jeans is hard. The words full figured fashion are still not everyday words for the retailers and I really think it is a shame that we do not have more shops available to the women who want to look amazing despite there size. Keep up the great writing!

    • Thank you! It is really quite sad that in today’s day and age we have such blatant bias, I mean one would argue that commerce was the greatest incentive for availability of good (plus size dresses), apparently not!

  5. Excellent Post!
    I also like it very much.I think that your article is very important for us.
    Thanks a lot for sharing this article.
    Munmun Nishi.

    Plus Size Fashion

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