Friday, 26 August 2011

The mis-sizing dilemma

Sizing on the high street & fashion industry has been irritating me more than ever of late. It's certainly a hot topic for debate with size zero constantly in debate, fashion shows putting plus size women on the catwalk & more companies than ever catering for a wider range of sizes, but this is still only in the minority when you look at the grand scheme of things across the industry.

In terms of measurements and size guides I'm classed as a size 6-8 due to my curvier hips. But when it comes to shopping for clothes I can come out of the changing room with anything from a size 12 to 8 that fits well. It's not just chain stores that are the culprit in this either, brands across independent stores are exactly the same. One will be too tight, too low cut, or short, & the other will fit several sizes up.

It goes the same way down the sizes too, in some stores I'll find a size 6 falls off me & nothing in the shop is a sensible fit. This is whats generally referred to as vanity sizing, mis-labelling items or moving the sizes down a number.

That's not the main problem for someone of my size either, most high street stores just don't tend to stock much smaller sizes. The amount of times I've tried something on several sizes too large just to see how an item looks on, then ran back home to order it online before they sell out of a size 6. In all honesty I've rarely even been able to grab that elusive size 6 afterwards & ended up with another lost purchase.

Now to some of you this may just seem like a 'poor unfortunate skinny girl having a winge', but it's not just across the small sizes that this problem lies. After speaking to other women of various sizes it goes across the board. Stores rarely stock plus sizes, and of those it stops beyond the 16 figure with that classed as an xxl size. It's sheer madness.

It's not all doom and gloom of course, there are some shops and brands that have a perfect fit. But it should be the same across the industry, not just select companies sticking to the actual standard sizing measurements.

Some could say that's it's the 'throw away' fashion state of the industry that's at fault, with such cheap, affordable fashion so readily available, most items tend to get worn once, maybe twice without any care to the item itself. Or it's simply a case of cost cutting measures in the tight economy of the past few years.

Whatever excuses it may be it's certainly disheartening.



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Sunday, 14 August 2011

The prettiest legs in the land


When I first stumbled upon Tattoo socks on Etsy I was absolutely blown away by how stunning and intricate their designs are. With inventive and cutting edge designs that appeal to both fashionistas and those of us with a bit of an addiction to tights.

My own tights drawers are bursting to the brim with designer and brightly coloured vintage tights, so I'm no stranger to printed tights. Personally my favourites tend to lean towards bold graphic prints & dainty subtle designs, a bit of a mix of that stands out against my more vintage inspired wardrobe.

The intricate fairytale-like forest and snowflake designs caught my eye from their designs. Whilst it's still midsummer here there's nothing wrong with planning your autumn/winter wardrobe already & these are certainly on my wish list for the season, ensuring that my legs will look as pretty as my hair flowers.
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Thursday, 4 August 2011

Roll for victory


Remember a while back, I posted about vintage 'hairspiration', finding examples of vintage hair styles that would suit my hair style & look. Well I finally had a go at it a couple of months back.

Finding some longer guides I could follow, without completely messing up my hair do was a gruelling task at first. Me still behind the times when it comes to some of these 'new fang led gadgets', had neglected to turn to You tube when I had my first attempt flicking through print outs of thumbnail pics from vintage tutorials. Thankfully after a few miserably failed attempts at victory rolls I decided to turn to You tube for some help.

I stumbled upon Classic retro glamour & Lisa Freemont Streets channels, my an entirely new concept to me from the start! But how grateful was I to find those girls handy video tutorials!

Within an hour of flicking back and forth between videos and jotting down notes I had my first attempt at victory rolls for an evening out. It does take some effort to get each roll in place, a lot of hair spray and fumbling around my pin box but I got there eventually. It certainly helped visualising the tutorial, seeing the differences in styles between each video & working my own way to create them. I still have a long way to go to perfect them but each attempt is an improvement on the last.

I've been trying my hand at pin curling, although this is an area I definitely need much improvement on! So far I've got fantastic curls at the front but flat hair at the back, a side effect of sleeping in the curls I suspect.

There's still so many vintage hair styles to try out, some curling tongs and hot rollers to invest in and plenty of pronged clips to purchase but it's certainly rewarding after all the grunting and complaining setting my hair.

-Image c/o The commons, Flickr-

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