Why You Shouldn't Call Melissa McCarthy's New Line Plus-Size

Meghan Blalock

We're already big fans of Melissa McCarthy's foray into fashion (her line is now available at Nordstrom!) and particularly fond of her intelligent comments regarding personal style and the fashion industry. So it's no real surprise that when McCarthy spoke to Refinery29 about the "plus-size" designation of her new line, she kept it real—and we totally agree with what she had to say.

"Women come in all sizes," she said. "70% of women in the United States are a size 14 or above, and that’s technically ‘plus-size,’ so you’re taking your biggest category of [shoppers] and telling them, ‘You’re not really worthy.’ I find that very strange."

More to the point, "I also find it very bad business," McCarthy continued. "It doesn’t make a lot of sense numbers-wise. It’s like, if you open a restaurant and you say, ‘We’re primarily gonna serve people that don’t eat.’ It’s like, what? You would be nuts. Yet, people do it with clothing lines all the time, and no one seems to have a problem with it. I just don’t get why we always have to group everything into a good or bad, right or wrong category. I just think, if you’re going to make women’s clothing, make women’s clothing. Designers that put everyone in categories are over-complicating something that should be easy."

Hear, hear! As we've learned from other "plus-size" women in the fashion space, the term is rather dated, and we would love to see it start to be phased out. McCarthy summed that up brilliantly: Clothes are clothes. That's all we need to know. Keep scrolling to shop some of our favourite pieces now!

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