Plus-Size? Curvy? Full-Figured? What's the Difference?
I'm sure you've seen all of these terms: Plus-Size, Curvy, Full-Figured, Extended Sizes, etc. And I'm sure it's had you wondering, what's the difference? Well, sometimes people use them interchangeably, other times, people are careful to use one over the other. Why? Let's dive in, shall we?
What do these terms mean?
Plus-Size: This is the most common term in the retail industry to describe a size 14 or higher. Because of the idea that the "+" is outside the standard or norm, people are working to get rid of the term.
Curvy: This term is often used to describe clothing silhouettes, standard and plus sizes, but also clothing in sizes 14 and up. Many women prefer this term because of the positive connotation the word takes on.
Full-Figured: Not as common as other terms, but similarly to "curvy," this term refers to a rounder body shape in larger than standard sizing.
Extended Sizes: This term is used when a retailer carries a larger size range in addition to their standard size ranges. Many retailers are beginning to use this term and expanding their offerings.
Size Inclusive: Similar to "extended-sizes," this term refers to a retailer carrying a size range that extends up to a size 24. But some consumers are quick to point out that many retailers are using this term without actually providing the accurate sizing.
(This info and more can be found on Dia & Co's Terminology post)
Here at Wallflower & Co, we're working to use the terminology that relates best to you, and the term that helps you when shopping. And as you can see from the term meanings above, they each vary slightly, but in the end refer to the same idea; a size range of 14 and higher. That is most likely why they are used interchangeably.
So what term do you prefer? Is there a term that makes you cringe? Is there a term you relate to more? Or maybe there's a term we didn't mention. Let us know!