Dabei seit: 22. May 2021
The Future of Plus-Size Sustainable Fashion Is Bright
Just a few years ago, a woman in a monochromatic linen ensemble staring at a blank wall was the epitome of ethical fashion. Who was she? How did she end up there? What about the nothingness of a beige wall captivated her attention, or was it merely the perfect foil to her impossibly crease-free linens? I didn’t overthink it; I was too busy desperately wanting to be her. I longed to feel a sense of belonging in the ethical fashion sphere, to be a monochromatic angel with unkempt curls and that Glossier glow.Get more news about Plus Size Dresses for women,you can vist 5xsize.com!
But in reality, I was the fat girl emailing designers to ask them why their sizing all stopped at an XXL when they insisted their sustainably designed garments were here to save the planet. I wanted to save the planet too. I wanted to wear clothing that was consciously made. I wanted to stare blankly at an empty wall knowing deep in my heart how effortlessly cool I looked.Being plus-size means so much of your experience in fashion is being firmly told how not to dress. Don’t wear horizontal lines, things that are too tight, things that are too loose. Think of clothing more as fashion-adjacent camouflage. Sometimes I wonder if a lifetime of being told how not to dress made me the perfect candidate for minimalist fashion. There was no way to do it incorrectly—just make sure you match your bone, sand, and muted olive-toned linens together.
In hindsight I wonder if I ever truly wanted to be the aforementioned minimalist dream girl, or if she was just the most obtainable fashion icon. When you exist in the niche of sustainable fashion for plus-size bodies, it’s hard to distinguish between what is a style choice and what is your only option. But in 2020, a new wave of bright, ethical fashion answered that question for me, and spoiler alert, my closet now has a neon floral silk dress hanging in it.
Somewhere between Lizzo twerking to herald in the new year in a multicolor bikini and Barbie Ferreira’s character on Euphoria unequivocally declaring that “there’s nothing more powerful than a fat girl who doesn’t give a fuck,” the “fashion rules” prescribed to plus-size customers, which almost always existed to shame our bodies, have been drowned out. As this new era of fat-positive fashion dawns, there’s been a shift among sustainable brands. Not only are they extending their size ranges, but they’re also employing prints and patterns with abandon. In the span of two years, I went from begging brands to make minimalist capsule pieces in plus-sizes to choosing which checkerboard lounge set best fit my closet color story. After years of monochromatic linen, it’s a welcome change.
First came the muted capsule staples from ethical brands dipping their toes in size inclusion, like Sotela, Only Child, and of course, Elizabeth Suzann, the sadly now defunct brand beloved by ethical fashion minimalists. Then just as quickly, in a desperate stretch to compete with the eye-grabbing prints and sequins of fast fashion houses like ASOS and Eloquii, select ethical fashion brands started releasing brighter and bolder collections. “We’ll have what they’re having!” proclaimed the plus-size consumer.
For me, it all started with a brightly embroidered matching wide-leg pant and tank set from Nettle Studios that arrived at my doorstep late February 2020. I had cautiously reasoned the set would mix well with my existing wardrobe. I was not prepared for how glorious it would feel to stand out, not because of my size, but because my outfit demanded such attention. That pull towards the ornate is how I found myself standing in Wray’s Brooklyn studio, a Latinx-owned brand known for its art-influenced patterns. Wray clothes have been worn by celebrities like Aidy Bryant, Maya Rudolph, Sasheer Zamata, and Hilary Duff, and on that particular day, me. Wray Serna was fitting me for a shimmery black and emerald floral cocktail dress.
Serna, the designer, founder, and namesake of the brand, wholeheartedly acknowledges the lack of maximalist, size-inclusive fashion, despite the demand from plus-size customers. After expanding its size range in June 2020 to include extended sizes up to a 5X (with plans to release its full line in a 6X by spring 2021, and 7X also in the works), Wray has seen unprecedented growth in its plus-size customer base: “We felt strongly that we don’t have the authority to decide what people want to wear for them, and that to truly be inclusive with our products and our sizing, we had to make every single garment in the full size range.”