Classy Little Fashions: Body Positivity and Non-Standard Body Types
By Alexandra Barone--Do you ever wake up in the morning and have a difficult time deciding what to wear? IMAGINE, as an adult, not having any clothes to choose from other than children’s sweatpants and shirts. The fashion industry does not design garments for ALL body types. There is a part of the population who struggles daily with finding clothes to suit their needs.
Classy Little Fashions Foundation, a non-profit organization, has stepped in to fulfill their fashion wishes. Co-founding Directors, Jane Hash and Carol E. Briney, and Co-Director Jess Wallace have collaborated to assist others with non-standard body types in finding age appropriate and fashionable clothing.
Jane (left) and Jess (middle) were born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta. These women were not born with standard body types, but they have not let that stop them in their journey to become the intelligent and hard-working women they are today.
Jane Hash came to Kent State’s Fashion School to talk about body positivity and diversity in life and fashion. Every one of us should have the same opportunity to wear clothes that express who we are. That is what fashion represents. Knowing other people do not receive the same opportunity saddens me. We need to go back to the root of why clothing is special to a person. It is one of the first things we see when we look at another. Some designers choose to not make clothes over a size zero. Research has shown that half of the world is above a size 10. That says to me that those designers are missing the boat. No matter our size we want to be able to wear clothes that express, “This is me!”
It is a difficult task to love your body 100% of the time. When you have a group of people that surround you with support and love, it increases our level of self-acceptance. Find people who accept you for you, but first and foremost make sure that you accept yourself. Discussion of body acceptance is something we see a lot of in today’s media. We have all seen the Dove commercial where plus size, skinny, women of color and different ethnicities try out Dove’s body wash. However, we do not see people with non-standard body types due to physical disability included in these types of commercials.
Think about how you feel when you see someone in a commercial that you can relate to. These people are not given the same opportunity. Put yourself in someone else’s shoes, and by doing this we can become a stronger group of men and women who accept one another for who we truly are.
Classy Little Fashions Foundation was aware of this missing piece in the industry. They understand there is a lack of support and options for people with non-standard body types. When they first set out to fill that need, Carol E. Briney was their sole designer/seamstress. Now, with a whole Classy Team, they create wonderful garments that men and women can feel stylish and comfortable in. They no longer have to worry about what to wear to a job interview, a date, a special event, or a social gathering. Carol, Jane, Jess and this foundation is changing lives. With your awareness we can be a part of this as well by giving them the support they need.
Always remember we are supposed to be people helping people.
About this blogger: Alexandra Barone is an aspiring blogger, traveler, and fashion photographer. She is majoring in fashion merchandising with a minor in photo-illustration at Kent State University in Ohio. She is currently a Co-owner of an odd job called Daughter and Dad Stone Cleaning and writes for a personal blog called the The Souls Place.