Torrid, Plus, Plump and Happy | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

Welcome to Friday Fashion.
For long time fashion designers have refused to design for Plus Size women. After so much efforts and countless hours spent at the gym, the population of women out there is not getting any smaller and fashion designers had to take notice of that. I don’t really know the reason we must be subject to accept the cheap and deceiving clothes sizes coming from China, actually I do, but I don’t want to talk politics here.  I am sure shopping for clothes it is hell for women size over 12. Sometimes the number is right, but the clothes don’t fit, because Chinese industry cut patterns based on the size of their population, not based on the size of people in the Western world. They want to sell us their clothes, but do nothing to improve the sizes that fit our bodies.

I am size 12 and I have tough time finding the right clothes as it is. I spend hours and hours in stores trying on various pieces of clothes and regularly leave without buying anything.  Those few times I do find something that fits,  I can’t match it to anything else I own, thus the search to match items becomes endless.  I can’t imagine how difficult it is for bigger size women.

(Photo: Torrid)


Watching the European news this week, I am pleased to have learned that a fashion company called Torrid finally showed its line for Plus Size women at New York Fashion Week. Apparently, Torrid is not the first fashion company showing Plus Size for the first time, as they claim. In 2013, designer Eden Miller of Cabiria showed her first collection of Plus Sizes at the Fashion Institute.


(Photo: Frazer Harrison, Getty Images For NYFW: The Shows)

(Photo above: Torrid Collection)

(Photo above and below: Torrid Collection)

I like how designers of Plus Sizes have conceived the healthy curvy women. In their collections there is nothing dumpy, dowdy, mumsy, or boxy. It’s OK to show off the curves instead of covering up with oversized clothes. The new lines look very shapely and embrace the body. Now, even large women can show cleavage, can wear corsets and leather jackets. They have choices of dresses with high slits, sheer fabric attached at the end of a short dress and flowing Bohemian dresses. They can have fun with flare sleeves and puffy sleeves on jackets and shirts. They can pair cigarette pants or short pencil skirts with longer blazers. Designers of Plus Sizes did not turn away from colors, flowers and patterns. They want large women to have fun, life is too short for not looking good. Ciao,


Copyright © 2017 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved


I am Valentina, a trained Fashion and Interior Designer, born in Italy in a family of artists. Style has surrounded me since the very beginning of my life. My many years of experience in design business led me to offer consultations in both fashion and interiors, so much so that I can remodel homes as well as personal images. I am passionate about colors and I encourage my clients to express their individual style in their homes and with the clothes they wear. I am the author of three books, one of which is a book on color theory: ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors available on

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    Sep 23, 2017 @ 01:27:24

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