Plus Size Fashion: Time For us to be Real Women Again


I posted last week about how to become a Bond girl and with the release of Skyall last week Bond fever is in full swing. The new theme song by Adele has been getting blanket coverage on the radio for the last couple of weeks and I must say it has grown on me. I wasn’t 100% sure about it at first, but like most of Adele’s songs it’s one of those that gets into your head and you quickly find yourself humming or singing along to it.

I’m a big fan of Adele’s music in general and also think that she looks absolutely stunning with a great sense of style. Adele is obviously in what would be termed the ‘plus size’ end of the fashion scale and in my opinion it’s great to see a real woman who is proud of who she is and isn’t afraid to show off her curves. There seems to have been a bit of a change in the zeitgeist over the past couple of years and hopefully we are starting to see an end to the size 0 obsession. Indeed, X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger recently cited Adele as one of her fashion icons.

She has lost quite a bit of weight over the past year or so and there are varying reports, but I think Adele is probably around a size 14 or 16 just now, which is actually the average woman’s size in the UK. There is a huge choice of stylish and flattering plus size clothing in sizes 14-32 on the high street and online, so if you have curves, then just like Adele you can show them off in style!

You’ll most often see Adele sporting a black dress, which is of course always on trend and suitable for any occasion and she is a big fan of lace, which is definitely in at the moment.  Just make sure you wear matching underwear underneath!

It was also great to read about Robyn Lawley becoming the first plus size model for Ralph Lauren, a strong sign that we are all getting fed up of seeing ‘aspirational’ images of stick insects and want to get back to being real women with hips and curves. I loved Dawn Porter’s documentary on the BBC a few years back, which showed the amount of photoshopping and airbrushing that goes on in the fashion industry. We were all comparing ourselves and our bodies to what are practically computer generated images. If you’ve not seen it I would highly recommend it, just search for ‘Dawn gets naked’ on that popular video sharing site that we all know and love!

The popular urban legend is of course that Marilyn Monroe was a size 16, but this doesn’t appear to be true and it is more likely she was a size 10, or maybe a 12. Still, another classic example of a woman with real curves and showing them off certainly never did her any harm!

So girls, the good news is that thanks to celebrities like Adele who were brave enough to buck the trend, we can all get back to being who we are and showing off our natural assets with pride. Whilst it’s good to be fit and healthy it’s time we all stopped obsessing about squeezing into ridiculously tiny dresses. In fact, I think I’ll have another slice of cake…

  • Sally, this is a great post, i am a size 12/14 and i always feel fat and much bigger than the avarage bloggers out there but that hasn’t deterred me from blogging but that is because i am happy and confident with who i am, there are however many other people out there that will get an instant lift from this post.

    Thank you.