LINDEN:MADE IN LA
I am officially madly in love and completely obsessed with the LINDEN “Christie” Skirt in lemon. I don’t think I’ve ever felt this way about a skirt but the fit the way the skirt flows and moves has me completely in love.
LINDEN is the California based line owned and designed entirely by independent designer Jennifer Lynn. The brand actually offers only straight sizes but Jennifer is no stranger to designing for curvier bodies. She’s previously designed plus size and the pieces LINDEN has to offer are designed and cut in such a way that fit and flatter any body type.
What I’m Wearing:
LINDEN Christie Skirt in Lemon, Size L
Kohl’s Bathing Suit Doubling as a Body Suit (Shrugs I’m from LA we wear bathing suits all year round)
Mossimo Faux Leather Jacket
BCBG Max Azria Sandals
Lipstick: Milani ‘Flamingo Rose’
Photos by Danilo Martinez
Unless you’ve been living under a rock with no internet connection you’ve already heard about the latest retailer to piss off the plus size community. Plus size women are outraged because the CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch issued some incredibly shocking [insert sarcastic tone here] statements regarding his disdain for the plus size community and ugly people in general.
Abercrombie & Fitch’s CEO, Mark Jeffries purposely doesn’t make clothes above a size Large because anything bigger than that attracts uncool fat people. Before I get into anything else let me start by saying that ain’t NOBODY checking for Abercrombie. The glory days, circa early 2000’s when the brand had a huge surge of popularity are long gone. Hey Mike, the “cool” kids most definitely do not wear your clothes just in case you weren’t privy to that information.
Now on to the important issues, because trust me Abercrombie is not relevant here. The store is just a black hole in the mall that reeks of too much bad perfume. Abercrombie is not saying ANYTHING new here. They’ve never carried plus sizes and their straight sized clothes run small as it is. So let me tell you why the shit that Abercrombie and their PR people are feeding to the media doesn’t matter. It does not matter and it is not relevant because it doesn’t serve any specific purpose other than to create buzz and press for a brand that is looking to jumpstart public opinion with shock value. How do you do that? Pick on the fat and ugly people. Brilliant PR strategies there Mike [insert sarcastic tone once again.]
I am speaking about this not because I am upset at Abercrombie but because I am upset with the plus size community and its reaction. I am sick and tired of the plus size community ready to bring out the pitchforks and burn mainstream retailers at the stake. Yes, I know as plus size women we are limited to where and what we can shop for. Yes, I know we have BUYING POWER. The latter is precisely why I am so upset with the plus size community. Before the plus size community was enraged with Abercrombie, they were pissed at Zara, before Zara it was American Apparel. If a brand chooses to make plus size clothing then cool, but if not FUCK THEM! And for those in the plus size community calling for a boycott how are you going to boycott a store you can’t even shop at anyways? Seriously, we talk so much about having buying power yet we sit there in front of Zara and other mainstream retailers like dogs waiting for scraps when there are a number of independent designers that we are not supporting that are making clothes for us. If a store makes clothes that fit you buy from them if they don’t then simply move on to a store with clothes that do fit you.
Stop complaining that mainstream retailers don’t make clothes for plus size women and start supporting small businesses that do. Start supporting small boutiques that do carry plus sizes. Start funneling your money, buying power and influence into the plus size fashion industry.
Mike Jeffries is laughing right now as he reads all this press about his brand, because let me assure you that he has no intention of apologizing. Or making plus size clothes. Ever. He probably thinks it’s hilarious that he pissed off a bunch of fat people. But let me ask you, what good is it to be upset if you’re not going to do anything except keep crying because Zara or the next mainstream retailer doesn’t carry plus sizes. Hey! Remember Eloquii, the plus size line from The Limited? No? Well they’re having a huge going out business sale after only being around for about a year or so because they didn’t get enough support. Do you see where I’m going with this? The only way we are going to get what we want is if we support our own and show love to those who are showing the plus size community love.
I’ll close with this:
I’m your worst nightmare! I am a beautiful, cool ass FAT bitch that wore Abercrombie once upon a time before it was played out. So FUCK YOU, your clothes are shit quality anyway and I’d rather spend my money somewhere else. You lose in more ways than one. Go have a seat in the irrelevant section.
PHAT Magazine is a new plus size fashion and beauty magazine and to celebrate the upcoming 1st issue they are having a fashion and beauty Twitter party. I will be co-hosting the party along with other fashion bloggers and PHAT’s editior-in-chief will personally answer all your fashion and beauty questions. You will also get an exclusive first look at the upcoming 1st issue of PHAT Magazine.
So come join me in support of another great milestone for the plus size community and win some awesome prizes since we’re in a celebratory mood!
When: Thursday, March 28th, 7-8 PM EST
Where: Twitter. Use Hashtag: #PHATTMAGAZINE
Be sure to RSVP For Awesome Prizes: Leave a comment with your Twitter Name Here
SEE YOU THERE!