So, I know I’m fairly late to this party, but since some of us CIVILIANS don’t have lines sent to us in advance, I’m reviewing this line now because it’s at MACY’S.
Sometimes when I’m in the area, I like to stop in Macy’s without the intention to buy anything, just to look, scan the plus-size floor, and drink in all of the clothes in the semi-solitude that the 7th floor usually provides. It’s the very top of the store, folks don’t really go there unless they’re specifically looking for plus-size clothes so it gets much less foot traffic than the rest of the store, and the (often) fat ladies behind the counter are extra nice to you. Also, I cannot talk enough about how great I think Macy’s is, by the way. Like, where else can you get higher-end, well-made clothing in plus sizes for like 85% off? Also, their range of sizes is GREAT (often extending to a 28/30), and if you’re extra nice to the employees, they’ll root for you to find shit so fiercely that they literally magic $99-dollar skirts into $15-dollar skirts. Also, not all of it is Charter Club. There’s some fashion-forward, fresh stuff up there.
So, this is what brought me to the 34th Street Macy’s this past Sunday. I had just had a meeting with that fashion line that’s still in development that I intern for and I wanted to keep riding that wave.
And I found Melissa McCarthy’s plus line! Lucky me, to stumble unsuspectingly onto a token such as this one! Kind of ashamed to admit that it’s the first time I’ve checked it out (it came out summer of 2015), but better late than never?
Fun fact about Melissa McCarthy: she went to school for textiles and had dreams of being a fashion designer before she was ever an actress. For real. When she first moved to New York, it was because she wanted to go to FIT. That fashion background, and the fact that she’s been a fat woman in the world for 45 years, and her life as a performer leads me to have a pretty intense trust in her to make a thoughtful, fashion-forward plus collection. Also, take. a. look at her red carpet choices. She is not afraid of being creative, visible, or stunning in the public eye. This is the type of bold that the plus-size fashion market needs (IMHO). With all of this in mind, I will be JUDGING the Melissa McCarthy line in the following 4 categories, from 1-10:
So, without further ado: the line. I’m surprising myself and definitely have more positive things to say than negative things to say (I’m very critical and picky).
The bad news: It falls into the same traps we’ve seen from Ava and Viv and even the Rebel Wilson for Torrid line: lots of slub, lots of slouch, lots of drape. Too many weird overpriced t-shirts and sweatshirts. The same iteration of crossover streetwear/activewear that we have seen from nigh every plus size collection. Seriously, marketers (I’m looking at you–I don’t blame the designers, frankly), we live in 2016. Lots of fat people like to dress their bodies in things other than shapeless bags. Lots of fat people do not have lives where they are perennially lounging about eating burgers at home (ugh, dream life, tho). Here are some examples…
Also, I forgot to mention the price point: think the most expensive stuff at Lane Bryant, without a sale.
Toooooooons of slub. Like, I’m sure it’s well-made and comfy slub, but can we tone it down A LITTLE?!
And for the pièce de résistance…….
The Angel Pullover Sweater. Like…wha…how….who….WHO ALLOWED IT. Okay so full disclosure it’s actually a drawing by Melissa’s daughter, but COME ON. It needs to come with a bonus Precious Moments™ figurine on the side.
Okay, here’s the good news. This is where things start to look up. There is a brighter sun on the horizon, everybody! In addition to all of this oversize nonsense, there were many statement pieces that I actually really loved (and one that I was able to try on in the store, so you’ll get to see it on my real live body). They were totally on trend, which was nice. And I haven’t seen similar stuff in many places, which is also A+.
The first piece I’m going to mention/gush over is this amazing sweater/cape thing. It was the first thing I saw and it literally drew me over. One wooden button near the neck, a bit of a boucle knit, and this giant removable faux-fur cowl.
Here’s a few pictures of me modeling it in Macy’s:
Please don’t look at my snow boots.
I should add that their sizing is extremely generous. This was a 1X sweater. I usually look for 2-3Xs on top in most brands.
But okay let’s TALK about this sweater, for real. It’s a weird hybrid thing and I love it. I have no idea how I would wear it and I love it. It comes in black as well and I love it.
It has a detachable fur cowl. I didn’t take pictures of it not attached, but when you take the fur cowl off, the piece takes on a longline blazer-feel. I have not seen anything remotely like this in another other plus collection. I like how it has vintage glamour undertones, but it’s also very modern. The one thing I would like to change is for it to have a better fit because it covers up the parts of my body that I love most. But, that’s just a me-thing. And, I think something like this deserves some major fuck-flattering props, does it not? And the pockets! Those are some big honkers. That’s like….a book and some cough drops and a bottle of water type big.
Here’s a photo of the sweater online–
Some of the other stuff that I really liked online…
I’m a sucker for a great rhinestone-embellished sweater.
Okay Melissa, HERE’S where you can showcase a weird hand-drawn print.
SUCH a great blouse. Looks like it has good shape, too.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME AHHHH:
The most perfect heavy handed patterned skirts.
And great wet-look VEGAN jeggings! Dude– they look comfortable (I can attest to that, I felt these in-store), they would go great with tunics and also with shirts tucked in, and they can be dressed up or down. Good quality as well.
MELISSA MCCARTHY’S GRADES (out of 10):
- Quality: 8
- Creativity: 6 (because of those slub tops, g-dammit)
- Wearability: 10
- Fashion-forwardness: 9 (points for a pleather skirt, which I know a lot of people like, but minus points for this $98 monstrosity)
So that’s my review! What are your thoughts? How do you feel about this collection and the slub trend as it relates to plus size fashion? How do you feel about that amazing sweater with the fur cowl? Let me know!