Plus size workwear and fashion: women want gaps filled and a wider range of inclusive clothing
When Co Gear began as “She’s Empowered”, Kym O’Leary, knew she wanted to cater to women of all body shapes and sizes. This is why our sizes range from a petite 4 to a plus size 26 – contributing to a high quality, sustainable women’s workwear brand that’s made to last. We have found that by collaborating with working women, it’s not only the size of the garment that matters but also the features that allow a comfortable fit for different body shapes such as slender, hourglass, pear shaped etc. This is why we make our work cargo pants from a soft and durable stretch cotton fabric, including extendable waistbands and pant legs that are customisable in length.
We wanted to hear what your thoughts were surrounding size inclusive clothing brands, the options available to curvy women and what struggles you face the most when shopping for plus size or specific body shape fashion. A poll was conducted to reveal that 94% of women believe that more brands should cater to a wider size range, and we agree! Here’s what common feedback was revealed in these discussions.
“The “standard” sizing dimensions such as hips, waist, bust etc only accommodate to one body shape. I can wear anywhere between a 10-16 when it comes to clothes. Big bum, small bum, wide hips, narrow hips, cinched waist, generic waist, small chest, big chest- how can you possibly expect a size 14 woman to wear/fit the exact same clothes as a size 14 with a completely different shape.” - Maddison H
“I struggle to find some things because I’m a different size to my thighs to legs to upper body, so some dresses or like jeans for example might not fit thigh area but they fit waist or vise versa. Depends where I shop too. I wouldn’t class myself as plus size but with a body shape as a pear I find that a struggle. I feel like there’s a massive room for improvement when it comes to sizing and being more realistic for the women actually buying it.”- Pas
I’ve always struggled finding pants that fit or any “sets” that fit. My hips are basically 14-16 and my waist is 8-10. My top is 10-12. So basically, nothing ever fits me perfectly. Our bodies are literally designed to have kids and have our hips grow and change because of that, but nothing seems to be designed to account for it. In fashion, you’re either “plus size” or “skinny” and apparently there is no in between for your waist.” - Maddison G
It's not surprising to hear about the gaps women are consistently finding when it comes to plus size and curvy clothing options. Co Gear will continue to lead and advocate for an inclusive, body positive culture where all women can feel confident and love the clothes they're in. Did you know that we have the widest size range in Australia when it comes to industrial and hi vis maternity women's workwear? Check out our range of workwear here and we welcome you to provide feedback on our designs.