Last week, Savage x Fenty released its super-sultry, love-inspired Valentine's Day collection. At first it was well received, given that most things related to Rihanna are straight fire, but upon further inspection, plus-size customers felt somewhat cheated.
In a recent tweet, fashion blogger Alysse Dalessandro (@ReadyToStare) criticized the brand for offering drastically different design options in the straight and plus-size collections. While Savage x Fenty does a better job than many other brands out there (*cough* Victoria's Secret *cough*) at providing an inclusive range of lingerie, there's always room to improve. And Dalessandro is one of the leaders of the cause.
Dalessandro tweeted side-by-side shots of the most advertised "Hearts" bralette, one in straight sizes and one in plus sizes. The styles are listed separately on the Savage x Fenty website.
It's easy to see that the two styles are completely different. The straight-size bralette is strappy and revealing, while the plus-size bralette has more coverage and less detail. "I know you can do strappy bralettes in plus, so why do brands do this?" Dalessandro asked her followers.
While many of her followers quickly agreed with Dalessandro's critiques of the brand, others fought back. So, she provided proof.
She offered a few examples from Cacique's intimates collection, each with strappy detailing on the front, like this red, lacy number.
To further her point, she provided examples from plus-size retailer Torrid as well.
This underwire bralette from Torrid is almost the same design as the Savage x Fenty straight-size "Hearts" bralette. In other words: It can be done.
She added that she understood there were more styles to choose from, but these were the main product shots and there's a huge discrepancy in design.
"I realize that there’s more images and more items on the site than these two. Like I said, I’ve reviewed their pieces before and I liked it. This was a comparison of the two main product shots and a question about why they couldn’t have made the plus version more strappy," Dalessandro explained to her followers.
Dalessandro drove that point home further, adding that the brand does not cater to fuller busts at all.
"Savage x Fenty is NOT a full bust brand, so I wouldn’t expect this style to fit someone who is a bigger than a DDD at any band size. Also there are smaller busted plus-size babes. You can be a B or C cup and be plus which a lot of folks seem to be missing here," she explained.
Let's hope the brand takes note of its inconsistencies and works to make improvements.
After all, if you aren't catering to everyone, you aren't *truly* inclusive.