Ratio of sizes; how to get your dress in your size

HowToGetYourDressInYourSize

 

Are you often frustrated when you can’t find your dress size? We’re here to explain why you occasionally might not see a dress in your size and what you can do about it.

 

While we do our very best to offer the widest selection of dresses possible,  it all comes down to the ratio of sizes. You may or may not know that most companies cut their production of clothing in a ratio. The majority of units cut will be in the most popular sizes (middle sizes) and the smaller and larger sizes will receive fewer units. This is common practice in the clothing industry and it’s also how retail stores order clothing for their stores, too. The way to change this is to make your opinion heard, which ultimately means supporting the brand that carries your size by buying your size.

 

We always pay close attention to our customers’ needs, however, changes can take some time (a season or two) to implement. We’ve recently noticed a lot of size 3X’s selling, so we’re making a pointed effort to carry more of that size. We’re also getting a lot of feedback from customers asking us for a size 4X, and so we’ve gone ahead and offered more 4X sizes for this season. If you’re a 4X and like our dresses, we have a great selection in your size!  Here’s what we’re offering right now in 4X.  We’ve definitely made more plus size dresses this season over last season when we tried offering 4X for the first time. When the demand increases, we’ll offer more dresses and more prints, however, currently our supply exceeds the demand.

As a boutique online retailer, we cannot make masses of dresses in each print we offer. We usually make 25-40 dresses per each unique print and those units get divided up over the sizes we carry. That’s not a lot of dresses per size and, unfortunately, some sizes can sell out quickly.

To avoid any disappointment, please consider ordering these sizes early in the season. As we see an increased demand, we’ll add more units in 3X and 4X. We truly care about our amazing customers and do our best to respond to all your requests.

We’re releasing a Customer Survey soon and would love to hear all of your ideas, feedback, and comments!

We want to know what sizes and colours you’d like to see!

XOX Cherry Velvet

Cherry Picking with Barb

It’s Cherry Picking season!

Hi, I’m Barb! I have had a chance to form some opinions and discover some of my favourite frocks in my first few weeks working at Cherry Velvet and I want to share them with you.  I’ve worked in the Plus Size clothing industry for many years now and being a Plus Sized woman who doesn’t do frumpy or boring, I’m thrilled to have landed in the perfect spot! I am surrounded by adorableness all day long and I see potential in every style and print so picking only three was harder than I thought it would be. Cherry Picking is all about choosing the sweetest, juiciest and plumpest fruit and that’s exactly what I tried to do here. Enjoy!

Chrissy Hothouse Floral

This dress is just so flattering! Honestly, I normally wouldn’t think a bold floral like this would be my first pick but I was taken in with the beautiful coral red with subtle pops of green. I love wearing anything with a little green in it because it sets off my green eyes. This dress fits like a dream and has the perfect amount of coverage at the bust and the little sleeve. I feel like this dress is perfect for attending a summer wedding or dance. Who wouldn’t want to make that skirt flare while twirling around the dance floor? Honestly, a gal could get married in this dress—it’s that special.

Cherry Velvet Chrissy dress in Hot House Floral

 

Danielle Shutterbug

I LOVE this print!! Vintage cameras of all shapes and sizes and not a hint of “Cheeeese”! The colours are amazing, too. I adore the combination of acid green, orange and aqua. These are the ultimate classic “old school” shades that remind me of  60’s and 70’s retro modern trends. Yes, I am old enough to remember that era, thank you very much! The little collar and three button detail on the front are so stylish and give this dress a classic, crisp feel. I would wear this dress to an art opening or a cocktail party, or… anywhere, actually.

Danielle Cherry Luau

Once again it was the print that made me choose this dress. I love the cut too, so much so that I chose two different Danielle dresses in my picks. This rich coral background with creamy flowers, green leaves, and bright red cherries is just perfection in my opinion. This dress takes me back to Hawaii with its warm tropical hues. The colour is so flattering to my skin tone and I can’t wait until I can wear it when I have a bit of a summer tan. Delicious is the word I would use to describe this dress. Now, where is that Mai Tai I ordered?

Cherry Velvet Danielle dress in Cherry Luau

 

Come visit me at the studio sale this weekend!!

→ Fri. Apr. 21 2-7pm
→ Sat. Apr. 22 11am-5pm

1635 Powell St. Vancouver, BC
(Street parking available right out front and in the lot off Woodland Drive beside the Flag Shop)

Love Barb for Cherry Velvet XOX

Plus Size Labels, who needs them?

Labels.

We can spend our whole life avoiding them, living up to them and proving them wrong, but when it comes to your clothing are they really that important? Many articles have been written about the use of the term plus size. Many feel that it’s an outdated and marginalizing term that tries to put larger women into a less exciting and frumpy box.

The plus size clothing industry has come such a long way and smart consumers expect the same quality and attention to fit and detail as anyone else. Why wouldn’t we?
What if we just forgot about that label and concentrated on clothing companies that spend the time and effort making sure that what they make really fits properly and makes you feel fabulous?

Plus is not a size but it is a definition of clothing sizes and that’s really all it needs to be. In the clothing industry garments are grouped into different sizing clusters like Missy, Petite, and Tall and Plus is just another range of numbers that literally corresponds to a group of sizes. Before retailer Lane Bryant coined the term “plus” in it’s advertisements for “Misses Plus Sizes,” way back in 1922, women who didn’t fit the flapper form of slender and boyish figures were called “Stout.” It wasn’t until the fifties that the term “plus sized” came to be the norm, and the rest is history.

Cherry Velvet's Shimona dress available in regular and plus sizes

This is what allows me to stick my head into a cute clothing store and ask, “Do you carry Plus sizes?” If the answer is no, I am on my way.

Fashion rules are made to be stretched and broken according to what rocks your world and lights you up. Labels that we despise will always be around and one of the best things we can do is ignore them and create our own words and meanings to describe our fabulous selves. Don’t get hung up on the terminology. We aren’t saying that a world where size is just a number, and a size 2 and a size 20 are marketed and sold exactly the same wouldn’t be a wonderful dream, but until that happens the term “plus” can just mean “more”.

More Awesome! More Joy!, More Love! More clothes please!

Barb for Cherry Velvet XOX

P.S. The Dresses in the photo are the Shimona dress in Plum stag and can be found here