There are so many styles I would love to wear but cannot find in my size. Why? I never understood why it was so hard to find good vintage styling in true plus sizing. Speaking of dresses specifically, there are so many styles out there that look amazing on the larger ladies but good luck fitting your curves into true vintage pieces, my theory is that the larger, fabulous vintage gear was worn a lot and didn’t necessarily survive to make it into vintage shops and retailers. It seems to me that most of the dresses in your local vintage shop are TINY and I wanted to know why. I called my good friend Natalie Kunow who owns Woo Vintage on Main Street in Vancouver and asked her what the deal is. She agreed with my theory and also had some ideas of her own.
– As we get older we get bigger and the cuteness factor of clothing back then went down as the sizing went up. Older means more conservative.
– People were smaller back in the day. The average size of women has increased considerably and it’s a well known fact that Marilyn Monroe was a dress size 14-16 but the truth is, in todays clothing she would be wearing a size 8. The numbers don’t mean the same as what they once did. That being said, I don’t think I’ve ever really seen a size 16 or 18 in a vintage clothing store and even if it was there it would fit much, much smaller.
– Up until the mid 60’s most women wore girdles. Iron clad foundation garments that would easily draw a woman’s waist in by 2-4 inches. Back then clothing was made with this in mind. A woman would conform her body to fit into the clothes and manufacturers would create clothing for the shape a woman should be.
Things have changed and in my fashion buying career I started looking into new garments with vintage styling. What I found was poorly graded sizing and tiny cuts that did not actually fit the sizes they were supposed to. How dare they call something a size 3X only to have it fit no bigger than a standard size 14. What kind of message does that send to us curvy girls? The same message we have received again and again, we are not important enough to truly take our fit needs into consideration. I say nuts to that!
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