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Old 17th August 2005   #1
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Default ''Refusing to simply hide'' (excellent article)

This is one of those perfect, positive articles about plussize fashion that we are seeing more of lately. Not a word about epidemics, flaws, or any other nonsense. Just a really exciting look at how fashion is getting more and more pro-curvy all the time.

Just listen to some of these quotes -

"Refusing to simply hide their curves behind oversized tunics and formless jackets, today’s plus-size woman wants stylish pieces that highlight her assets. And many find the cami, in its many incarnations, to be the piece of power."

And as the article says, its not just about showing off the figure, but about being feminine and beautiful -

"There’s better shaping. They’re more body conscious and often made with beautiful embellishments, like lace," explains Catherine Lippincott of the camisoles offered by Columbus, Ohio-based Lane Bryant stores.

"It started about a year ago when we started seeing feminine details, embroidery and lace trim. It morphed into the camisole being the key items and seeing celebrities wearing it," Lippincott says.

I think this article shows how the old anti-plus, shame-based rules of fashion are dead - and its about time!

"One of the early misconceptions was that you had to create a line that was covering up," Weiss said during a telephone interview from his Woodbury, N.Y., office."

"Bare is a very strong category for us," Weiss explains. "Babydoll tops that are strapless, camis, tanks and even the miniskirt, which was a very strong seller last year."

This is the spirit of true size celebration. The article is here -

And it even comes with a terrific picture. For once, everybody who put this story together really got it right -

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Old 18th August 2005   #2
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Default Re: ''Refusing to simply hide'' (excellent article)

The image is lovely (what a great setting!), the tone of the article is refreshingly affirmative, and the fashions themselves are gorgeous--and perfect for the fuller female figure. What more could anyone want?

And no trend could be more welcome for the plus-size industry than the popularity of the camisole. This item capitalizes on the body-as-fashion-accessory principle, whereby full-figured goddesses realize that their most attractive features are their own womanly curves. The camisole shows off the shapely arms, soft shoulders, and generous decolletage that are the hallmarks of every goddess. And at the same time, its romantic and feminine touches render the effect of this apparel very chic and feminine, as Melanie noted. It is a perfect example of "tradition + sexiness," and wearing an item like this can raise a curvy vixen's self-esteem threefold--and her attractiveness tenfold.

As the article points out, the versatility of the item is marvellous. The same basic design can either be casual, or very dressy, especially when it is worn with a skirt (the ideal combination).

And just as encouraging as the growing popularity of this extremely curve-friendly style is the article's revelations about the rising fortunes of plus-size fashion in general:

"From July 2004 to June 2005, the plus-size industry generated $17.4 billion up 4.1 percent from the year before."

This news--coming at roughly the same time as the announcement that the Atkins company has gone bankrupt--indicates that curvy vixens are increasingly devoting their resources to things that will make them look good and feel good, just the way they are, and not on methods of self-inflicted punishment. Undoubtedly, there a direct correlation between the increasingly feminine nature of fashion in general, and its popularity with curvaceous customers. At last, full-figured women have clothing options that they can really enjoy buying and wearing, and which will enable them to outshine their underweight rivals on every occasion.

Melissa Masi showing off a lovely example of this enchantingly feminine style:

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