Though those spiked heel over-the-knee skank boots that even the willowy can’t pull off without looking trashy and are loved by the same women who think tights are pants might be the shoe of the moment, I’m still amazed at the boot buying landscape has shifted so radically in such a short time.
Two years ago it was impossible to find boots with heels lower than two inches that weren’t riding boots and if you had a meaty calf you had to track down specialty sizes online. Now, non-stiletto boots are everywhere and adjustable buckles on the tops of boots are common. I can’t complain about boots anymore. It’s a strange feeling having no apparel to complain about.
If I voice my concern enough over the junior sizing of Target’s designer collaborations do you think in two years they’ll switch from the 3, 5, 7 model to 4, 6, 8? Friday night I found some Rodarte on the racks despite being two days before the official launch. The dress I was interested in wasn’t there so I tried on this and this. The mesh-covered one was way too short, clingy and unflattering. The sturdier black one with a neck tie would not zip up no matter how hard I yanked and it was an XL. I can wear a L in normal-sized clothes so this was worrisome.
I have always wondered what brands the rare designer who is too large for couture (hence their own clothing) wears and if they feel conflicted. Off the top of my head, I can only think of the Mulleavy sisters (I like how their promo Target photo pulls a Heart and shows the larger of the two only from the neck up. I see that Laura has managed to keep off the Wintour-dicated weight, Kate not so much) and Anna Sui, though.
I also wonder why Rent the Runway only carries dresses up to a size 8 (despite 10 and 12 listed on their site—click and you’ll get a blank page) when many—not all, of course—of the designers they feature do make sizes larger than an 8. Based on a cursory look, Marc Jacobs goes up to 12 and that is common. Most designers like Helmut Lang, Gucci, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, etc. go up to a European 46, which I think is a US 12 (despite wildly varying online sources saying both 10 and 14). Diane Von Furstenberg is the rare 14.
Photo from Shoewawa