April 11, 2009

Faith for Plus-Sizes

Plus-size lines are hard to find in malls and shopping centers across America. Aside from Lane Bryant, Torrid, and select plus-size sections, anything beyond a size large is rarely seen or admired. Forever 21 hopes to change that. On May 1st, Forever 21 will debut Faith 21, a junior's plus-size line, in select stores and online at Forever21.com. Faith 21 promises to deliver trendy clothes in junior plus sizes.
A lookbook is available for viewing on Forever 21's official website. From what I've seen thus far, it seems like the line will not disappoint. I'm very happy that a retailer with such popularity and mass availability is offering plus-size apparel for young girls. They are getting a chance I did not have while in my teens.
In high school my shopping was limited to Lane Bryant and -- well, more Lane Bryant. Don't get me wrong, I love Lane Bryant. They cater to my style and have a fabulous selection of clothes. Growing up, however, I was embarrased to shop there. Immediately after exiting Lane Bryant I would hand the shopping bag over to my mom or dad. That embarrassment came out of sadness that I couldn't be "normal" and shop at stores every other girl could.
The last time I stepped into F21 was about five years ago with a friend of mine. She was having a blast trying on clothes while I browsed at the accessories. She encouraged me to find something so I began looking through the racks, attempting to fool myself and others into believing the piece of clothing I admired could actually fit me. I did so well at deceiving myself that I left F21 with a new red blouse.
The blouse didn't fit me but the pride I got from holding that yellow bag was tremendous. I felt normal, even if it was just for an afternoon. I want teen girls to feel that way every day and every where they shop. Hopefully Faith 21 will do just that.

Photo credit: Forever21.com

16 comments:

  1. Love your blog. You're an inspiring women :D

    Leah

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  2. The stuff looks really cute. Loving your new header too btw!

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  3. That's great! F21 is a great place with reasonable prices. That makes me happy to hear that they're catering to all shapes and sizes! :) I remember shopping at certain places and the only sizes that they'd have on the rack is 0, 1, and 2...come on! Bigger girls deserve to wear cute trendy clothes too!

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  4. thank you so much for commenting on my blog. I do think that this is great. I am so excited about this.

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  5. im really exicted about this line too, i hope more stores will follow forever 21 lead and realize not all of us are skinny girls like they want to believe.
    p.s. you have a wonderful blog, i love it =)

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  6. This is an awesome post. You know I like Faith 21 It's a good follow up on developments with this line.

    I hope you are wonderful!
    ;-)

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  7. wow, I had no idea about this--thanks for sharing, doll!

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  8. I'm so happy they are! My sister and mother, and most of my family members are thick chicks so I definately support that. Alot of my friends are thick chicks too, so I know they'll be excited! ;]]
    By the way, Amanda your so pretty girl, you should model. I so think you should. also, thanks for commenting on my blog!
    --Sarah

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  9. Yeah they need to do something because Their larges are NOT large at all. My Breasts dont fit in their button down blouses, and jeans???? FUGHETTABOUT IT!

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  10. @ Leah - Thank you so much! I appreciate that!

    @ JGeb - I love the new header, too ;) Thanks for noticing!

    @ Jen - Bigger girls do deserve to wear trendy clothes too. Amen!

    @ Fashion Without Guilt - I'm excited too. Also, thanks for linking me on your blog!

    @ Brit - Hopefully more stores hop on board. I know many do offer "extended sizes" but only online. Lets hope that changes! And thank you :)

    @ Ope - this post wouldn't be possible without you telling me about it ;)

    @ Tanya - You're welcome!

    @ Sarah - You're so sweet! My bestie has always told me to try out to be a model but I don't know I could do it. I'm more of a behind the scenes type of girl. I'd rather style the model than be the model! lol

    @ Super Woman - LMAO. You are always so damn entertaining girl!

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  11. Love your blog!
    A friend of mine just told me about F21's new line I was so offended(embarrassed) when she mentioned it! She was like "hey now you can shop here too!"--gee thanks :-/

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  12. Forever 21 is one of the few "trendy" places I can still shop at. I can find a piece here or there at Charlotte Russe and Wet Seal but generally they're for teeny tiny girls. Forever 21 usually has a decent amount of clothes that are 1.) long enough for me (since im 5'11) and that fit since im an XL. I am looking forward to their new plus line though as im in between regular stores and plus size. We will have to check it out when you come to Vegas!!! yay! =)

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