Rosemary Mac Cabe

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What does it take to be stylish?

I remember a conversation I had with a friend a couple of years ago, as we bemoaned the fact that size 14s were a lot more difficult to find than other sizes. And not only that, but items that were …

Tue, May 10, 2011, 10:30

   

I remember a conversation I had with a friend a couple of years ago, as we bemoaned the fact that size 14s were a lot more difficult to find than other sizes. And not only that, but items that were made for a size-8 dummy just don’t look as good when you move those sizes up a few brackets. We concluded that, when you are a smaller size, it’s much easier to dress – not only is it easier to dress, but easy dressing is easier. What do I mean?

If you’re a size 8-10, chances are, your staple “casual gear” is a pair of fitted jeans and a T-shirt or string vest of some sort. You might pair those with some amazing jewellery and a cool scarf, Converse or strappy sandals, but the basic routine might stay the same. Now, take the same woman, same age, same demographic, but in a size 12-14. Chances are, a pair of fitted jeans and T-shirt aren’t going to make her look amazing. (Two of the major problems with working this look are boobs, incidentally.) She’ll probably spend a bit longer finding items that skim rather than stick; T-shirts will be oversized, perhaps from Cos, rather than fitted, from Topshop.

Another aspect of good dressing is, of course, money. You can argue until the cows come home that, if you’ve got style, you can make Penneys look amazing, 24/7, but why is it then that so many of the best fashion bloggers seem to have money coming out of their powder pink Hermes handbags? Aside from the keeps-me-awake-at-night aspect of wondering where they get this money, it seems a little unfair that money can automatically grant you a passport to style.

But is it true? Do the rich and thin among us dress better, or, more precisely, do they spend less time and effort dressing well? Does it come easier to them? Or am I talking out of my Birkin? What do you think?