The Main Frustrations Plus-Size Models Still Have With the Fashion Industry
My first though upon seeing The Candice, a sleek club top with a cold shoulder on just one side, was, "Hot damn, I want that shirt." Then I reached out and touched it — it wasn't made from a flimsy, fast-wrinkling silk like so many of my going-out tees. It's actually a satin-back crepe material that's still got stretch. It felt comfortable and looked well made, and I could imagine it styled with so many different pieces in my wardrobe.
That is Universal Standard's goal: to make quality pieces for women sizes 10 through 28 who have felt limited and unacknowledged in fashion. The Candice was designed by Candice Huffine, which is a name that probably rings a bell since she's a supermodel with plenty of campaigns and a Pirelli calendar under her belt. Universal Standard asked Candice, Katy Syme (who's been working with the brand since its start), and Georgia Pratt to think up a staple they'd been missing. It turns out they're not the only ones in need of a chic top, a versatile shirtdress, and a forgiving yet flattering tunic.
When I sat down with Candice and Katy, they told me they barely had to think before they arrived at their dream creations. There's no doubt they're going to satisfy so many women with their picks — preppy, professional, girlie, sporty, streamlined, you name it. But striving toward a more inclusive industry doesn't end with three new essentials, no matter how many outfits may come of them.
Read on to hear what standards Candice and Katy are still frustrated by, what personal achievements they're proud of, and what projects excite them most. Candice summarised a curvy girl's place in fashion perfectly: "It's really frustrating when curvy girls are just 'asked to the party.'" Can't we all agree that at this point, with the fact that the average woman's size is 16, they shouldn't need an invitation?
Ahead, see Candice, Katy, and Georgia star in the Universal Standard campaign, shop their personal looks, and then share how you wear them on Instagram with #Tria4Us.