Do any of you feel frustrated about shopping plus size clothes online here in Malaysia? Have you ever looked at the model or photo of the clothes advertised wondering what it would actually look like on your body? I have! And I think this is a problem that needs to be addressed. There are a number of plus size brands and stores here in Malaysia who tend to use models that just doesn’t seem to fit the bill. Just look at some of the examples below:
Here you see a beautiful slim girl wearing a beautiful outfit. But wait.. apparently her top is available in sizes L to 5XL. But can you really imagine how it will look like on you? I’m sure some of you might be wondering if the style would actually fit a real plus size person.And here, they used a skinny girl to show how big the dress is instead of actually putting the dress on an actual plus size women! I mean why would they do that? Not only is it demeaning to us plus size women, it doesn’t even show the dress in a flattering manner; just how big it is on this little person.
What about stores brands that show perfectly curved women who doesn’t seem to even have a tummy? Could we really look just as good like those models in the photo by wearing that dress.
It’s enough that we’re having trouble finding the right clothes that fit us properly, and it doesn’t help when people just keep asking you to ‘loose weight so you can have better clothes’! Why can’t better clothes be made for us buxom babes instead? The fact of the matter is, there are people who are big in size because of factors such as genes, an illness or even post pregnancy. And instead of embracing their curve, they are forced to hide under unflattering clothes because our culture and what the plus size industry is like here in Malaysia is not very supportive to the industry.
When I first started out my blog, I came across a local brand called Mis Claire. Starting from a small seller in 2012, they worked towards producing their own collection for plus size women only after collecting numerous feedback from their customers. Their sizes cover a wide range, from 2Xl- 7XL. Their cuttings are specifically tailored for Asian plus size women that usually have a wider waist and hip. I came to learn that the brand actually does several fittings on different body types of plus size women before their design goes on to mass production, which is very thoughtful of the brand.
Even the photos produced by them seems very ‘real’, using real Malaysian women with no modeling background instead of the beautifully photoshopped and almost perfect looking Caucasian models.
The other thing about Mis Claire is that they’re constantly updating their designs and keeping up with the latest trends. Just because we’re big doesn’t mean we adhere to just one style. We want to be fashionable too right? So it’s great to know that a local brand like Mis Claire is really trying to change the plus size industry here in Malaysia and not just catering to more mature women by restricting their designs to look like ‘auntie’ designs.
I believe that Mis Claire is able to challenge and change up the plus size industry in Malaysia and they have a bright future ahead. They even get requests from smaller size girls to have their designs in a smaller size, but even with that, Mis Claire still stands by their mission and believe and will always remain for plus size women only. However, they are trying to produce a new size- XL, but this is still in beta stage and they are ready to listen to more feedback before deciding to permanently include XL in their collection.
So, what do you think? Should they introduce size XL to their collections?