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Plus-Size Moms: 2014 Was a Big Year for Us in Fashion

The Short of It

If size 10 and above is considered "plus-size" in the fashion industry, then most of us ladies who have had babies fit into this category. So when I heard that the fashion industry made several moves to better appeal to those of us with curves, I was elated and had to share. Yep, 2014 was our year, ladies.

The Lowdown

Have you ever been in a department store that sells all sizes and found yourself looking longingly at the Misses Department, thinking to yourself, "Why can't they just make those cute clothes a little bigger?"

Well, they finally are! The fashion industry has made big strides in plus-size fashion this year. Here are some of the highlights of 2014:

  • London Fashion Week featured an entirely plus-size fashion show. The show featured the "Design Collective" line, which asked designers to rework some of their classic styles for more shapes and sizes. The company said the show proved that "high fashion is for all." Yes!
  • Eloquii relaunched this year and now offers hot fashion trends in a range of sizes. Creative director Jodi Arnold told the Huffington Post: "One of the biggest misconceptions people have about plus-size women is that there are only certain things that would look good on her. We want her to know that she can wear every trend, as long as it's cut for her specific body and proportions." Finally!
  • ModCloth and Nicolette Mason, the blogger who writes Marie Claire's "Big Girl in a Skinny World" column, created a clothing line for sizes XS to size 4X.
  • Actress Melissa McCarthy announced she is launching a plus-size collection next fall.
  • Borrow-a-dress website, Rent the Runway, now has dresses to loan in sizes 14W-22W from designers like Badgley Mischka, Kay Unger and Anna Scholz.
  • Plus-size model Denise Bidot opened Chromat's fashion show—with the skinnier models trailing behind her.
  • IMG, the modeling agency that represents Gisele Bundchen, signed five plus-size models.
  • Candice Huffine became the first plus-size model to pose for the provocative, and highly selective, Pirelli calendar.
  • Calvin Klein hired "in betweener" model Myla Delbesio for its "Perfectly Fit" lingerie line. Although it was controversial because some women said that a size 10 shouldn't be the representative for larger ladies. Definitely not!
  • Magazines started paying attention: The New Yorker magazine covered former plus-size model Gwen DeVoe's Fuller Figured Fashion Week; editors from Glamour and Vogue magazines attended Lane Bryant and designer Isabel Toledo's plus-size show in New York; and published a lingerie editorial that featured bigger chests titled "The Best Lingerie Comes in All Sizes."

The Upshot

The big year was backed up by big numbers: Plus-size apparel sales have grown 3 percent and now make up almost $18 billion of the $116 billion women's apparel business. As usual, money talks, and finally the fashion industry is listening.

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