DOES FASHION HAVE A SIZE?

September 30, 2014 3 Comments

A few days ago I stumbled upon an article written in early of January 2013 entitled “The Most Influential Personal Style Bloggers Right Now”. I won't list the title of the blog as a courtesy but I will give you a synopsis of the article and why I choose to talk about the subject matter. The author starts with and introduction of how some people claim that the age of the personal style blogger is over although he/she disagrees. For those of you who don't read too much on style blogs there is a difference between a “personal style blogger” and a “style blogger”. Personal style bloggers primarily write and report only on things that they wear, like OOTD (Outfit of The Day) and thrift hauls and the like. Style bloggers report more on what's hot, new, and runway shows,etc. With a little bit of persona style and opinion sprinkled in. After the spiel on the evolution of the personal style blog and how there are so many now that only a few stand out, the author proceeds on to name 15 bloggers and accompanies pictures of each.



I scrolled down the list, reading the first two lines or so about who they were and looked at the picture of course to see what type of style they had. As I came to the end of the article I was surprised to see that only one 1 of the 15 bloggers were of a race that was not Caucasian and only 1 was a male and none of the 15 wore a size bigger than 4. I am usually not one to pull the size or race card but in this case, not seeing diversity surprised me. Fashion has really evolved over the decades, specifically concerning diversity. Trends always come and go and make their rounds, but what really has changed about fashion is who wears what.

 

In the past, Eastern cultures such as Japanese, Korean, and Russian wore more traditional style clothing closer to their heritage more often than wearing what was “new” and “fashionable”. In comparison to now, where we see people across all cultures expressing, not only the style of their culture in a new and more modern way, but wearing the clothing of other cultures and styles residing from fashion on the global stage at New York, Paris, and Milan Fashion week.

Moreover the size of the average American woman is 12. The size of the Average woman in U.K. Is a 12. The average size of a European woman is size 8. Nonetheless, I have made my point. For an author to list 15 top personal style bloggers and none of them are the style of the average woman is surprising. Reading this article made me contemplate if fashion has a size. By that I mean, is there still a lingering discrimination in styling and the options available to a woman that are bigger than a size 4, or just bigger in general. I know there are REAL women bloggers on the internet, but why do they not receive the same credit that those who are smaller receive? Would encouraging a more diverse praise and blogger community allow younger women and girls who are going through the changing stages of their life to embrace more of who they truly are? If the younger generation of girls are looking to the internet, (which they are) to learn what beauty is and how to be stunning and bold and fashionable, would it not be in the power of all of us as bloggers, authors, and readers to uplift the articles that encourage diversity in age, race and size? Let's talk about it.





3 Responses

TGHamilton
TGHamilton

October 01, 2014

Fashion has a distinct size if one chooses to accept the images presented in mainstream media. I stopped looking long ago for mainstream media to depict the global and varied fabulousness of women and fashion. Most people of any ethnicity or nationality cannot meet those standards. This situation illustrates one of the reasons why I love the internet and still tolerate social media. Through cyber space, I can connect with bloggers, like the fabulous Natural Girls Rock (NGR), and vendors (like Bluffa Jo cosmetics and Etae and Rapunzul hair care products) who share my sense of style and show images that truly reflect our diversity, and it is to these vendors that I direct my spending. Keep of the great work, NGR! You help keep us sane. :)

Belinda Billingsley
Belinda Billingsley

October 01, 2014

I am not at all suprised. Unfortunately the lack of diversity will always be a challenge for women of color as well as women who wear sizes larger than 12. Lets not forget for many many years women (African-American) who were born with gorgeous lips and behinds were not accepted nor seen. Now all of a sudden its best thing since sliced bread. The bottom line is we have to uplift, praise and support each other; because clearly without our African-American magazines and Natrual Girls Rock; there would not be any resources for us.

Keep up the good work Kelly!
NG do Rock!

Peace
Belinda

Sharita
Sharita

October 01, 2014

It would be interesting to see what would happen if a fashion blog article were posted that was reversed – i.e. mainly exclusive of Caucasians and primarily in larger size yet stylish clothing. I can’t say I’m at all surprised, though, since runways attempt to portray diversity but magazines and other fashion media are still disproportionately one sided. I remember wanting to view “Hipster” fashion but having to specifically Google “Black Hipster” or “Blipster” to see us represented.

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