Plus-size clothing previously meant women were limited for choice, all that clothing brands had to offer were baggy trousers and unflattering tops. But now the world of plus-size fashion is changing.
60 years ago the average British woman was 5ft 2, weighed 9st 10lbs, had size 3 feet and she was a dress size 12. Today's average woman is 5ft 5, 11st, has size 6 feet, and is now a dress size 16.
With plus-size advocates such as Ashley Graham and Paloma Elesser walking shows at fashion week, the industry is becoming more accepting and brands are adding plus-size sections to their websites.
Pretty little thing had the stigma of only offering to anyone below a size 12, however, in recent years they have received a lot of praise for their plus-size range. Their clothing sizes now go up to a size 30 and they have hundreds of options on their website, all of which are stylish and affordable. They offer a range of items, from loungewear and gym wear to dresses and bodysuits, so whatever you are looking for, you can find it on pretty little thing.
One that we never expected, Levi’s offer up to a size 24 in their jeans. This comes as a shock to us all, we always thought you had to have a certain figure to fit into the famous 501’s. We are happy to see the world of denim changing to fit all.
Another unexpected contender, New Look has a curve & plus-size section on their website, which offers clothing up to a size 32! To make it even better, the pieces are very similar to the ones you would find in the other sections of the website, making you feel comfortable. They are affordable and can be found on their website as well as in-store.
Black Leaf Print Midi Dress £25.99
This one might not come as a shock, many people know that Asos offer a plus-size range, Asos curve. However what did pleasantly surprise us was the size range, reaching up to a size 34. Not only do they offer a range of sizes, but you can also get almost anything you are looking for on Asos curve, whether it is loungewear or a dress to wear to a wedding, it is all available on Asos.
With the bodies of women changing over the years, it is obvious their breast size would too. The average British woman in 1957 had a size 34B bra, in 2017 the average size was 36DD.
We all know Rihanna is owning the game, with her makeup brand offering 40 shades of foundation, and Savage X Fenty giving us the lingerie plus-size girls have never been able to wear. Larger size bras have always been unattractive and unflattering, but thanks to Rihanna you are now provided with gorgeous bras with sizes that go up to a 46G.
We love to see inclusivity in brands, this is a small step in the right direction for a future of equality.