August 21, 2011


Arghhh this is gonna be a non-makeup related post; more on the fashion side of things (my other interest). I'm a huge fan of the show Mad Men. It's smartly done and I can really relate to the character of Joan (the gorgeous curvy red-head) on the show. I also love buying my clothes from Banana Republic. So when I found out Banana Republic was doing a Mad Men inspired collection, I was absolutely thrilled! I could not wait for the collection to hit the stores here in Canada. I must say I was a bit disappointed that the used a skinny girl to model "Joan Inspired" clothes but it didn't bother me that much.

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I went to my local BN this past Friday to see the collection in person. As expected, I loved many of the pieces inspired by Joan and took a few items to dressing room to try on. This is when the problem started. Many of the fitted dresses did not fit my ample chest. Frustrated, I called one of the SA's for help and see if I can get a size bigger. His answer was "sorry sweetheart, but we don't really cut for girls with a big chest." Now that is where I got pretty annoyed. Half of this collection is supposedly inspired by Joan who like me has an ample chest. I'm not really a large girl. I wear a size 8, have small shoulders and waist but a big bust. I was really hoping that this collection would be ideal for me.

I ended up getting a couple of tops but still left the store annoyed. The more I thought about the incident, the more angry I got. Was this collection for girls to feel like Joan or was in for girls who actually had a similar body to hers? I'm not one who believes in slogans like "real girls have curves" but real girls come in all sizes and I had been so excited about a collection that finally seem to cater to my body type only to be disappointed right away.

What is your opinion on this? Am I overreacting or expecting too much here?

3 Responses to "Rant - Mad Men Collection @ Banana Republic"

  1. Bedalyz Says:

    WTF! Once again, goes to show how hypocrite Hollywood and designers are. It's sad, such a beautiful collection. And don't you just love those type of SA's.

  2. ChiffonLaceLeather Says:

    I am with Bedalyz, WTF. No need for me to even both looking. Believe me, other designers are going to catch on and come up with their own lines

    Chiffon, Lace and Leather Fashion Blog

  3. Shayla Says:

    Eugh, how lame. I'm in the same boat as you...guess I won't be looking into this collection.

    My favorite store to shop at is still Ricki's :)

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