UPDATE: One size 18/20 reports the clothes don’t fit any better than other lines’ larger sizes: “You can’t just take a shirt designed for a size 2 body and add more fabric. Clothing cut for an average size woman WILL NOT fit a fat girl no matter how much you increase the pattern size. We just don’t have the same kind of body. We need more boob room, larger arm holes, more allowance across the shoulders and a wee bit more length in our shirts and sweaters. Give us more room in the thigh of pants, more ass room, more forgiving waistbands.”
Sarah Jessica Parker has put her name on a line of clothes. Her manifesto states: “It is every woman’s inalienable right to have a pulled-together stylish, confident wardrobe with money left over to live.” The prices? Not Hollywood-affordable. Real People Affordable, with a helluva lot of pieces at $10.98.
Now, of course, it should also be every woman’s inalienable right to wear clean, pressed clothes and think no more on the subject and get jobs and promotions and dates because of who she is and what she does, not how she looks. But even men aren’t that lucky. We judge everyone by appearance, which I think sucks, but where it differs for women is that we’re constantly being told we must spend more than men do on clothes, we must not wear the same item over and over like men do, we must wear trendy crap even if it looks bad on certain body types and we should feel bad about our bodies when we don’t fit every trend the designers spit out. In short, that we should be slaves to the fashion industry – eager, willing, self-loathing slaves – or forfeit the right to expect anyone to treat us well.
This is bullshit. The older you get, the easier it is to see that, but in the meantime there’s always a huge bunch of young women and teenage girls on the planet who are bombarded with these messages and have not yet figured out how hilariously stupid they are.
SJP’s clothing line isn’t just affordable; it’s non-trendy. The pieces are classic styles that don’t need to be thrown out at the end of the season after everyone is, like, so over that. They’re also styles that look good on various body types. Whether they will or not, I don’t know, but at least the pitch is different from the usual crap we hear. For example:
The BITTEN collection was designed for women of all ages and sizes, with a full size range from XS-XXL in tops, 0-22 in bottoms, and 5-11 in shoes.
Clothes shouldn’t be hugely important. But since we have an industry that’s capitalized on making them tremendously important and using messages of shame and blame to pressure women into thinking there’s something wrong with them, it’s good to see a different message coming from someone who’s right in the middle of the appearance obsession, and knows it for the joke it is.