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Why does sustainable fashion still have a problem with plus-size bodies?

Nyome Nicholas –Williams

I decided that it would be best to respond directly to the comment with another video. I hoped this would encourage them to seek meaningful change by addressing the real issues at hand — patriarchy and capitalism— or by writing to brands and campaigning, rather than attacking Black, plus-sized content creators.

I said: “I would love a world where I could wear sustainable pieces – true sustainable pieces – every day. But for me as a plus-sized woman, it’s not always affordable or accessible. For someone to comment and assume that I can afford sustainable pieces or a whole sustainable wardrobe when there aren’t many sizes for plus sizes is not mindful at all.”

A comment by a follower of mine, @Theludensatlas, perfectly captured and broke down the dilemma we face with clothing.

  1. Clothing that fits and is fashionable
  2. Clothing that is sustainable
  3. Clothing that is affordable

Unless you have substantial wealth, achieving one or maybe two of these goals is possible, but rarely all three. For those who are plus-sized, this challenge is even more daunting.

I have always loved shopping vintage or supporting slow fashion. As an ambassador for Crisis charity, whose mission is to end homelessness, I once worked for The Emperor’s Old Clothes in Brighton, a small sustainable brand dedicated to slow production and remarkable size inclusivity. However, finding fashionable, plus-sized pieces in charity shops is almost impossible. It feels like both criteria cannot co-exist.

Why does sustainable fashion still have a problem with plussize bodies

Gareth Cattermole

Very fortunately, my work allows me the privilege of being gifted beautiful, sustainable, and slow fashion pieces from brands I adore from time to time, such as Beyond Nine; an incredible brand that caters to the changing bodies of women.

Reformation is also a great slow brand that offers plus sizes, but I must reiterate that I am fortunate to have been gifted the pieces I own – otherwise, the high price tag would have been prohibitive. Without these gifts, I wouldn’t have been able to afford them.

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