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Old 05-26-2013, 11:49 PM   #1
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Plus Sized Models and Shopping Online

So for a few years, I've been doing something that I suddenly realized sounds a bit bizarre and I was wondering if anyone else is doing this.

When I buy clothes online, I go and look at the plus sized pictures of how an outfit will look first, if it's available. If not, I try to find something very similar on a plus-sized model. Then I go back and buy the outfit in my size (8 - 10). I look like what the plus sized models look like in a particular outfit, not what the regular models look like.

DH watched me doing this today and asked what the heck I was doing. I explained. He informed me that women's fashion is completely insane. He then looked something or other up online and came back with the figures that plus sized models are 5'8" to 5'10" and range in size from an 8 to a 16, generally. Sooooo. . .this means that the plus sized models aren't plus sized, but medium or larged sized, which I'd already intuited.

Anyone else in regular sizes already using this rule of thumb, or is it just me? And now that I'm thinking about it. . .yeah. Women's fashion is insane.
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Old 05-27-2013, 12:44 AM   #2
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I agree with your husband. Women's fashion is insane. Couple of examples: (this one stands out) Project Runway, the judges were discussing one night's challenge, and one of the guest judges commented about the versatility of an outfit, that "it would look good on any size, from a zero all the way to a twelve" . The current issue of Good Housekeeping has 'this month's guest plus-size model, size 12...". And finally, catalog-shop. At least one catalog claims it uses non-plus-size models because that's what its customers want
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Old 05-27-2013, 08:18 AM   #3
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No, I am the opposite, I look at the models and I hope to see it in my size, a size 16 in pants or a 2X for the shirt or top. Rarely do I see plus size clothes made smaller. Tell me where you shop. Kohls has a Plus size Junior clothes and so does Macys and JCPenny, but I noticed the clothes choices are starting to get very limited again.
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Old 05-27-2013, 08:26 AM   #4
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I am a size 12-14, and I do this on the Lands End site with tops and dresses. I'm larger on top and regular size models can never give an adequate representation of what something will look like on me. I'm not sure what other stores offer this as an option. Glad to know I'm not the only one!
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Old 05-27-2013, 08:47 AM   #5
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I love that more and more places are using plus size models. The average lady has some curves.
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Old 05-27-2013, 09:05 AM   #6
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I was told to be a plus size model you needed to be a size 12 or size 16
that is for the clothes that are size 18 to 26 besides being 5'10"

I don't understand the 5'10" thing - isn't the common size 5'4"??
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Old 05-27-2013, 09:22 AM   #7
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The problem is that plus size models are even more unusually-shaped! All the ones I've seen are literally like regular fashion models, but bigger in all dimensions except for their heads, like you held down the Ctrl button and dragged the mouse to resize.

I wish they'd use health magazine models, to be honest. At least I know if I put down the tortilla chips and did some work, that's what I could look like in that outfit. To have the figure of a plus-size model, I'd have to change my entire genetic make-up.

It's why I kinda like Gwyneth Paltrow, because she's all like "get stuffed... I spend half my life in the gym" rather than the classic "oh, I've never dieted and I hate exercise!" line. It makes me tell myself "either work harder or stop whining".

Having said that, at the moment, I'm not interested in seeing anything modelled by anyone who hasn't had children with a man the size of a Viking. With 10 weeks to go until DS2's (second son, not expecting a two year old - although it feel's like it) arrival, people with perky bosoms and taut stomach skin are just upsetting me right now.
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I was told to be a plus size model you needed to be a size 12 or size 16
that is for the clothes that are size 18 to 26 besides being 5'10"

I don't understand the 5'10" thing - isn't the common size 5'4"??
The camera puts on 10+lbs and makes everyone look shorter. Therefore, if you want to sell clothes you get a tall model who has balanced dimensions rather than a shorty who's apple shaped. Seriously. People don't want to look a fat women (or men) in fashion magazines. Not that size 12 is fat. But on a short woman a size 12 will look fat in photos.

Not hating on fat people. I am short & fat myself. Two of my sisters tip the scale at 300+. But I'm pretty sure no one wants to see the three of us in our underwear.
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Let's face it, plus-sized models are NOT plus-sized! If you wear clothes that don't have a "W" attached to them, where the sizes don't have two digits that start with a "2" or a "3", you aren't plus-sized. The fashion industry says these models are plus-sized, but they really aren't. They are just larger than what the industry considers "normal," but are appropriately sized/proportioned for misses clothing. There's a whole world of REAL plus-sized women out here, and I don't know a single one who wears sizes 12-16, and it's really frustrating as H-E-double hockey sticks to see these models in the catalogs... cuz I KNOW that the clothes aren't going to look like that on ME!
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I am a size 12-14, and I do this on the Lands End site with tops and dresses. I'm larger on top and regular size models can never give an adequate representation of what something will look like on me. I'm not sure what other stores offer this as an option. Glad to know I'm not the only one!
I am a HUGE Land's End shopper, but there are no Land's Ends near us.

I used to have luck with this trick in work clothes at JCP, but haven't much shopped there since the changes. I will also go on the Lane Bryant website and look at styles. I know if it looks like that on their models, an outfit cut the same way will look like that on me, maybe a teensy bit better (not really, but I like to pretend).

I'm a 36DD, so I'm big on top too, but I'm also extremely curvy - just how I'm built, nothing to be done for it - and the plus models have curves!
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Old 05-27-2013, 07:01 PM   #11
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Let's face it, plus-sized models are NOT plus-sized! If you wear clothes that don't have a "W" attached to them, where the sizes don't have two digits that start with a "2" or a "3", you aren't plus-sized. The fashion industry says these models are plus-sized, but they really aren't. They are just larger than what the industry considers "normal," but are appropriately sized/proportioned for misses clothing. There's a whole world of REAL plus-sized women out here, and I don't know a single one who wears sizes 12-16, and it's really frustrating as H-E-double hockey sticks to see these models in the catalogs... cuz I KNOW that the clothes aren't going to look like that on ME!
Oh yeah. I have a dear friend who is a 3XL. It really sucks that she can't go online and see what something would look like on HER, she has to make a wild guess. But I, who am on the large side of medium, I can look at the plus sized models and know what an outfit will look like - and the clothes that the store actually sells? Are NOT IN MY SIZE!

This is total and complete bizzaro world.
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Old 05-27-2013, 07:36 PM   #12
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Check out Penningtons.com - they have some actual plus-sized models on their website and ads. I really appreciate that! And in their stores, they have plus-sized mannequins. One of the staff at the store near me told me that the mannequins were based on the actual body of one of their plus-sized models. It's great because you get a much better sense of how the clothes look. I'm not always crazy about their designs (apparently they believe all larger sized women want to wear gaudy flowery prints) but I really appreciate their use of realistic models.

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