100 years of “plus size” fashion

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Have you ever thought back on plus size fashion from the past and wondered what it looked like or what inspired it? I know in the past plus size clothing has been pretty iffy, or hideous. We seem to finally be getting some style.

I frequent YouTube in my spare time and came across this video. The video is full of diverse able bodied models.

Finding plus size clothing that was also flattering, fashionable and trendy has been a challenge for a lot of us. When Torrid came around in 2001 they offered more styles and variety, which was highly appreciated.

100 years of plus size fashion (video was taken from Glamours YouTube channel)

Related post- How Body Acceptance changed my shopping experience

My thoughts on the fashion

It’s fascinating to read about some of the history of plus size fashion. Such as the term “plus size” first being used in the 1920’s by Lane Bryant.

I liked seeing what was considered fashionable in the past decades. As with everything I thought some styles were a hit while others were a miss.

What was your favorite decade for fashion? I wish they would of had mini skirts and gogo boots. That could have either been really awesome or incredibly bad. Now we shall never know.

It would have been really smart to have shown the model representing the 90s in the trenchcoat to have a chic suit, or classy day dress under it. Something that would command the attention they completely deserve.

Let’s think about this for a minute

Do you have (or had) a favorite outfit that resembled one of these styles? For myself personally, my first “plus size” article of clothing was an empire waisted top I bought from Penningtons in 2007. It was black with sheer long sleeves and a outlined flower print.

When I entered that store it was like a weight had been lifted off me. The store was welcoming and comfortable. The store staff were incredibly friendly and helpful which just added to my experience.

Be mindful, there is a difference between clothes being made in “plus sizes” and clothes that were made for “plus size bodies”.

Wrap up

What do you think about these fashion trends? Would you wear any of them now? Which one was your favorite/least favorite? Let me know what you think down in the comments below.

Till next time,

Tanya xoxo

15 thoughts on “100 years of “plus size” fashion”

  1. Thanks for sharing this awesome video! I agree that there is a huge difference between clothing companies that make the same outfits in plus sizes and the companies that design clothing specifically for plus-size bodies. I carry most of my weight in my butt/thighs, not in my stomach. When I used to buy clothing that was for larger sizes, it would be huge on my stomach and tight around my butt because it was not designed for my body type. My first time shopping at Torrid was so liberating. I finally felt like I could find clothes that flattered my body!

    1. It’s an amazing feeling isn’t it? I carry weight everywhere (I’m pretty stocky) haha. The first time I tried on plus size jeans was nuts! There were no weird gaps, and my hips and butt actually fit comfortably. Haha. Thank goodness someone thought outside the size box and thought bigger humans also require clothes that fit. πŸ˜‰

    1. My favorite style of dresses are fit and flare and swing. If I could afford to I would look like I was from the 1950s. Lol, That’s to key. To wear what you personally are comfortable in and what makes you feel good πŸ™‚

  2. I’m not plus-sized, but it was really interesting to watch the video and learn about how plus-sized clothing and fashion has evolved over the years. I’m glad there are a wider variety of fashionable and well-fitting options for plus-sized women nowadays, although I did like the dress that the 1910s model is wearing!

  3. Plus size β€˜fashion’ in the UK is still not particularly great. Plus shops have this habit of using non-plus size women in their online adverts.
    I’d love to have been around in the 1950’s. I love the dresses and skirts

    1. I hate when advertisers do that! They would never use a size 18 model for sizes 00-10 so why should it happen in reverse? It’s ridiculous. I agree with you on the 50s, I love the dresses from that era

  4. Finding shops like that is the best feeling ever, it really makes you feel great! I love the 1940’s one, I wear things like that and I find they look the best! Great post 😊

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