Savage x Fenty is selling different styles to plus-size women, and people are not happy
When Rihanna announced her lingerie line, Savage x Fenty, many were ecstatic that it would carry sizes up to 3X. In addition to its inclusive sizing, the brand has been praised for featuring models of all shapes and ethnicities, and for designs that merge both sultry and sweet. But now, the lingerie line has come under fire for noticeable differences in its products’ plus-size and straight-size designs. According to Teen Vogue, fashion blogger Alysse Dalessandro pointed out the disparity between Savage x Fenty sizes in a January 9th tweet. She took screenshots of the straight-size version of a bra in the brand’s Valentine’s Day collection and compared it to the 1X-3X version of the same style.
The differences were noticeable. While the straight-size bra featured a strappy, half-cup design, the plus-size version featured full, sheer cups.
"I understand that construction cannot always be the same plus size (especially in lingerie)," Dalessandro wrote, "but I know you can do strappy bralettes in plus, so why do companies do this?"
To prove her point, she shared pictures of strappy bras from Cacique and Torrid.
Others responded to Dalessandro with similar observations.
Instagram user Ashleigh Nicole Tribble posted that she had been commenting on these disparities since the brand’s inception.
However, some defended the brand, arguing that the difference comes down to a matter of support.
This isn’t the first time Savage x Fenty has been criticized for the way it handles plus-size designs. In May, Twitter user LaKeisha Shurn shared a Twitter thread about her experiences buying a bralette from the brand. She ordered the largest size available, but it still didn’t fit.
Also in May, USA Today reported that many customers were upset that the brand didn’t carry cup sizes larger than DDD. At the time, Andria Arizmendi, senior publicist for the company, told USA Today that “there are plans to expand in the future.”
Savage X is a relatively new brand, and they’re likely still growing and adapting their approach to customer needs. Hopefully, they’re paying attention and these issues will be addressed in future lines. What are your thoughts?