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Forgotten Cusp of Sizes

The average woman in America is “plus sized.” But only just… Sixty-seven percent of US women are a size 14 or higher, typically defined as “plus-sized.” Yet, the average of all US women is a size 16. So here’s a question: why do “straight” fashion lines end at size 10 or 12 and “plus-size” start at 14-16? You know how this works, right? For the average clothing company, they create a pattern somewhere in the middle of their size range. They perfect the fit on that one size. And then they do the math to “attempt” to fit it on all the other sizes they offer. There are two huge problems with that. And it doesn’t take a veteran fit...

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Retail Disruptors: Women Are Changing How they Shop

The fashion industry is nothing if not an epicenter for trends. We’ve all heard of the huge shifts at both extremes: fast fashion and sustainability. We all want sexy or sporty new pieces in our wardrobe. And most of us want those pieces to be ethically and sustainably made. But there is another trend that intersects both of these ideas: thrifting. Thrift shopping is on the rise. And not just a slight increase. According to threadUp’s 6th Annual Resale Report recently published, 40% of closets will be made up of clothes purchased used by 2022. And this segment is growing faster than any other, a whopping 49% annually. threadUp is one of the largest clothing resale destinations. But it isn’t the...

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5 Essential Spring “Seasonal Shift” Pieces

Spring is here! We know, not many feel like that could be true. For our East Coast sisters, it probably won’t be for a few more weeks. But you also know that when it does come, it’ll come all at once. So, now is the perfect time to start thinking about the big “seasonal shift” we all must make to our wardrobes. You know what we mean: switching out those cardigans for some mid-sleeve tops. Dusting off those little black skirts… the ones that don’t look quite right with winter leggings. Adding in some color to your outfit by way of a favorite patterned top or dress. For many, this “seasonal shift” gives us a great excuse to go an...

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5 Essential Pieces for Any Wardrobe

Wardrobes are like gardens. They need essential nutrients. And without working at them, they can become overgrown with weeds. But if you give them the right amount of attention, they can look beautiful. Of course, few of us have the kind of time and attention to let ours blossom in the way we’d like. Fortunately, there are techniques to get the most out of your wardrobe without spending every waking moment (or penny) on them. Capsule dressing is becoming a much more common term these days. And for good reason. By definition, it simply means to build your wardrobe with only the pieces you most love to wear and feel are essential to your “uniform.” Everyone has different preferences on...

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The Fashion Industry Revolution Enters “Phase Two”

We’re in a period of great transition in the apparel world. In fact, we are entering the second phase of a fashion industry revolution. The way women – and for that matter, men – shop for clothes is changing. That, in and of itself, isn’t that shocking. We’ve seen it coming for many years. The increase in popularity of everything from Amazon to Instagram is not all that new. In a matter of moments from the convenience of your own couch you can browse new styles on Instagram or Pinterest and instantly order said styles on Amazon or other ecommerce retailers. But those interesting new ways of shopping are only the beginning. 2017 is going to go down as the...

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