I remember being a size 14 pants in high school and not being able to find clothes ANYWHERE that fit me. My size 10-11 shoe was also impossible to find and I usually resorted to wearing men's shoes which were fine but didn't come in the colours I liked at the time.
First world problem? YOU BET. But I still can't describe how wonderful it felt to walk into an American Eagle store last week and walk out with two pairs of pants that fit me - two pairs I'd have loved to wear in high school (because that style has come full circle 🎉).
Let's got on it with though, shall we...
1. American Eagle / Aerie is increasing diversity in sizes and social media
It should go without saying that I'd start here given my recent experience!
I love that I was able to find up to a size 20 in the jeans at the American Eagle store when I was there. AND that they seem to be featuring more and more diverse body types in their social media.
Room to grow? Of course! There are still a lot of underrepresented groups they would do well to serve, but they are on the right path.
2. Wray knocks it out of the park when it comes to diverse waist sizes
No lie, I hadn't even heard of Wray until I started researching for this post but let me tell you, I'm falling deeply in love with this brand.
They offer everything from a size XXS to a size 6X allowing them to serve a hugely diverse range of body types. As a tall girl with a short step-daughter it would be nice to see an assortment of pant length options paired with this amazing range of waist and hip sizes. Still, this is a great start!
3. Tommy Hilfiger is on the leading edge of high fashion for disabled individuals
I want to throw a serious round of applause out there for the work Tommy Hilfiger is doing when it comes to diversity in their clothing. They've added magnetic and keyhole closures and a variety of other accessibility features to their clothing. Honestly, this just isn't a thing we're seeing larger brands do... yet!
BONUS - They have a curve collection that caters to larger body sizes, as well ❤️
4. This Girlfriend Collective celebrates a range of body types
Starting at size XXS and going all the way up to 6XL, the Girlfriend Collective not only provides a range of size options but has been incredible at showing these options off in the social media and promotional materials!
And to make it even better - they are HIGHLY eco-friendly, supporting a range of projects, initiatives, and using eco-friendly practices in the creation and recycling of their garments.
5. Knix is making period protection and more accessible for all sizes
Knix is on a mission to ensure comfort for everyone, whether you have a bust or experience periods. Their products, ranging from wireless bras to leak-proof undies, seamlessly blend style and functionality. They offer an extensive size range to cater to diverse needs which is something you'll love!
6. Loud Bodies stands for something more than fashion - Body Positivity all the way
I saved the best for last. Loud Bodies founder Patricia Luiza Blaj doesn't mince words when she explains her company's purpose. She believes EVERYone is beautiful and deserves to feel that way as they shine in gorgeous clothing. So, the stylish pieces she creates are are made to fit a wide range of body sizes, types, abilities, and can even be custom ordered for unique needs.
Look for body positive artwork to adorn the walls of your dressing room? 👇👇