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It's really hard not to like Zendaya.
The 20-year-old singer has proven herself to be more than just a performer. Her stance on body positivity and social justice makes her nothing less than an icon. So, when Zendaya dropped an inclusive clothing line, Daya by Zendaya, I knew I had to try it.
ACTUALLY, it goes from XS to XXL. And the XXL measurements aren't even close to a 22. Compared to other brands, Daya's XXL is more like 14/16.
Not to mention that some of the straight-size offerings are not made in plus-size. Only select pieces are available in plus.
Read our full breakdown on the sizing gaffe here.
Alle and I decided to give this collection a try and see what was actually going on. We bought the same outfits to compare the straight- vs. plus-size fit and quality. All in all, we spent $903.61.
Being a plus-size woman that wears a 2XL/3XL on top and an 18/20 on bottom, I was not feeling good about this.
Alle started with the tri-color faux fur coat ($108) in a size small.
FROM ALLE: I ordered a small, even though the site says to size up to wear with layers — which is mystifying, because it's a fucking coat, what else would you wear it with? Nudity?
When it arrived, the first thing I noticed about this coat was the smell. It had a strong chemical odor that didn't go away, even after airing it overnight. It's ABHORRENT. You can literally smell these coats from other rooms. If I were going to wear this IRL, I would have to get it dry cleaned first.
Buy it here.
"The coat fit me fine, and I liked that it had pockets at the front. But for the price, the quality of this coat was not what it should have been."
Faux fur is always a risk, but this coat was very thin, with hook and eye closures at the front (which isn't great for cold weather). And it shed like CRAZY.
All things considered, it's a cute coat — but the smell is terrible and the quality is awful. I would buy this for $20.
BUT. I agree with Alle that it'd need to be dry cleaned to get rid of the smell.
Next up: a ribbed one-shoulder crop top ($44) and matching joggers ($48). Alle is wearing a small on top and bottom.
Per the Daya size guide, I am a small in both of these products — so that's what I bought. WRONG. This is the worst outfit I've ever put on my body.
To begin with, the color is bad for me. The faded grayish-blue makes me look jaundiced, even under our perfectly-balanced studio lights.
"Next, the sizing on both pieces is insane, primarily because the cheap-feeling ribbed material stretches SO much."
The top was so big on me, it was practically pornographic. I needed to go two sizes down — and Daya doesn't come in an XXS. So.
The pants were terrifying. I admit that I'm fairly new to sweatpants, but even so. The crotch came halfway down my thigh. The thighs of the pants sagged and bagged to a ridiculous degree, giving me a horrible pancake butt.
"They were also insanely long, even for me — I'm 5'10 — so they ballooned at the bottom by my ankles."
I didn't look cute. I didn't feel cute. Zendaya is known for her chic take on leisurewear, so I feel really bad that the manufacturer of this line screwed her over this badly.
I award this outfit no points, and may god have mercy on its soul.
Goth queen Alle was instinctively drawn to this military dress ($128) in size small.
The first thing I noticed is that it is transparent. This isn't visible under our studio lights, but if you're going to be attending an event with flash photography, you've been warned.
The dress is cute, but fits oddly. It fits me beautifully through the arms and shoulders (I'm in a size small, per the Daya size guide), but was incredibly wide through the chest and waist. That's fine — could be a style choice. But it also gaps like crazy at the chest; the buttons pull apart across the boobs when I stand up straight and hold my shoulders back. This dress is not into good posture. How it manages to be too big AND too small is nuts to me.
Buy it here.
"The split is... interesting. One errant gust of wind and the world is gonna see your knickers. I did like the flowing hem and the longer train at the back, though."
The big buttons were cute, and the high neck with collar was really chic. Final verdict: fine, but overpriced for the quality. And invest in a slip.
Here's what we learned about Daya by Zendaya:
-Size down on all items. Keep in mind that most stretch materials from this collection will loosen after a wear.
-The material of the dresses may be much more see-through so invest in a slip.
-Even for tall people, the dress and pants may be too long. You might have to wear them all with heels.
-Do not be discouraged by the size chart. Most items will fit comfortably.
-The XXL jackets actually fit like a 3XL.
-The joggers are stretchy enough for people who have bigger bottoms. After a couple of wears, the joggers may even fit comfortably a 22.
I'm so happy that Zendaya wanted to make her line inclusive, and I still love her. HOWEVER.
I think someone on her team needs to be fired. Because they have her out here selling a story to the press about 0-22 when that's definitely not the case. For plus-size women, this line is a welcome breath of edgy modernity, but anything that doesn't have stretch is a gamble if you're size 16 or over.