Michael Kors 2015
Uncategorized / April 18, 2017

As a girl who has recently come to terms with the fact that my hips just won’t fit into the super-skinny jeans marketed to my age group, I enjoyed reading Lizzie Widdicombe’s piece (“The Plus Side,” September 22nd). It is worth pointing out something that may prove to be crucial in fully understanding the relationship between 0-to-12-size clothing and plus-size: a size 8 today means something quite different from what it did in 1985. As the article states, the average dress size has gone from an 8 to a 14 over the past thirty years. We are calling more people plus-size these days, and I am beginning to wonder if this isn’t creating a sharper dichotomy in the fashion world. In American culture, at the peak of fatphobia, it seems only natural that legions of women would channel their discontent into the body-positive movement, creating such events as Full Figured Fashion Week. As Widdicombe writes, people now feel that they have to fit their clothes and not the other way around. But I think there is more to it than that. As more people continue to struggle to become “normal-sized,” concern about sizing is getting the attention and discussion it…