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Size 16 Mannequins in Debenhams

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calamitygin Thu 07-Nov-13 10:18:33

unveiled yesterday ... is no-one talking about this??? Or have I just missed the boat (as usual)

rainbowfeet Thu 07-Nov-13 10:24:07

I saw it & thought it was a positive step towards reducing the pressure on women & in particular young girls to feel they have to look a certain way! smile
However the waist & hip measurements of the mannequins might have been a British size 16 but the tummy's are flat, thighs & buttocks toned... Where's the wobbly bits?!!! wink

calamitygin Thu 07-Nov-13 10:28:50

yes, well it's a start isn't it?

KosherBacon Thu 07-Nov-13 10:29:09

I looked at the model and thought "she's got skinny legs for a size 16". They seem to have given her bigger hips and thats about it.

calamitygin Thu 07-Nov-13 10:41:07

some size 16's do have skinny legs though I take your point.

Karbea Thu 07-Nov-13 10:46:32

Is 16 the average size of a British women then?

Branleuse Thu 07-Nov-13 10:47:27

i dont particularly see the point. I dont think its even "a start" Its a crap token gesture. They may be bigger, but its not about saying all body shapes are acceptable, if youve got a choice between kate moss or christina hendricks,

rainbowfeet Thu 07-Nov-13 10:47:29

I'm a 16 & fortunately have slim legs (ish) but have wobbles elsewhere!

Hope they help by putting clothes on the mannequins that are designed to flatter larger figures to give us inspiration when shopping! (Not that I need any encouragement to spend money)!! wink

LaurieFairyCake Thu 07-Nov-13 10:49:31

I personally like it as it gives me a much better idea of how something is going to look.

If there are no lumps and bumps that can be achieved by a real person in control underwear if they want to. I always wear light control pants, light control tights and that slight smoothing effect is good enough for me.

DesperateHousewife21 Thu 07-Nov-13 10:50:17

I dont think it'll catch on though. I get the point of mannequins but you still need to try things on.
Im a size 8 and doesnt always look the same on me as it does on them.

calamitygin Thu 07-Nov-13 12:51:48

I agree, I think it does give you a better idea of what a particular garment will look like if you're bigger than an 8/10 and yy agree you must still try things.

Branleuse everything has to start somewhere doesn't it, you may see it as a crap token gesture but I don't. Not sure what your point is about Kate Moss and Christina Hendricks. They both look great imo.

Karbea Thu 07-Nov-13 13:25:47

I'm a size 8 and 5 ft tall, seeing a size 16 model won't help me. The best thing would be to have different size/shape models. This would be hard to do in store, but relatively easy online I would have thought.

SundaySimmons Thu 07-Nov-13 13:50:29

Stupid idea. Why not have mannequins of all sizes.

I'm a size 10, I will be put off by bigger sized mannequins because they will not show how the clothes look on me.

rainbowfeet Thu 07-Nov-13 14:00:14

Karbea ... I believe these mannequins will be on display alongside the usual size 10 ones not replacing them. smile

dottyaboutstripes Thu 07-Nov-13 14:01:15

I'm a size 10 but I'm only 5ft 1 so I never look the same in clothes as on mannequins anyway. The size 16 one has a WAY better figure than mine!!

BobaFetaCheese Thu 07-Nov-13 14:03:24

If they're going to do a 16 because it's the 'average', why not make the mannequins 5'4 instead of stretched out?
I'm a size 8 but seeing a size 16, 5'4 mannequin (with average bust, waist & hips) would give me a better idea of how clothes fit than a size 8 6'5 one!

calamitygin Thu 07-Nov-13 14:04:29

until window displays go digital and all mannequins are virtual (patents idea) you're never going to get 50 different body shapes and heights. The point is that they are starting to diversify and that's got to be a good thing surely?

Yes it's a drop in the ocean but it does helps with the debate about body issues because it makes the news and people post on twitter/facebook/blog about it etc

OBface Thu 07-Nov-13 14:17:25

Not sure about this TBH. A size 16 shape certainly wouldn't be healthy (in most cases) and overweight people put a huge strain on the NHS. Does this start to normalise obesity?

calamitygin Thu 07-Nov-13 14:32:23

not this old chestnut again ... look when I was a size 16 I was still within the "healthy" weight range as deemed by the NHS, admittedly I was close to the edge but I was a damn sight healthier than someone who smoked 20 fags a day/drank "moderately" every day/took no exercise at all etc.

size 16 is not "obese"

OBface Thu 07-Nov-13 15:21:16

But for a lot of people it is. When I had my DD I put on a lot of weight and at 5ft 7 and a size 14/16 my BMI just crept into the obese range. I was told this by my GP.

Size 16 is most certainly unhealthy if not obese. We have a problem with weight in this country, I don't agree that Debenhams increasing the size of mannequins is sending out the right message.

CajaDeLaMemoria Thu 07-Nov-13 15:25:02

The virtual mannequin idea has already been patented.

So has the idea of having displays which use mirrors to "import" your image and show you what the outfit would look like on you, roughly. There's data protection concerns with both at the moment.

Just as an FYI!

iwantanafternoonnap Thu 07-Nov-13 15:28:07

You can be a size 16 and healthy you know! There are skinny people where I work and ask one of them to run 5km and they could not manage it where as I can.

OBface Thu 07-Nov-13 15:32:00

I understand that you can be a size 16 and healthy! But it is more unusual.

Having a high percentage body fat ratio is without doubt less healthy than having a low one.

DelGirl Thu 07-Nov-13 15:32:21

here obface have one of these biscuit

OBface Thu 07-Nov-13 15:43:26

Really? I am honestly and genuinely shocked. When my weight went up following pregnancy I wanted to get back into shape, mainly for health and fitness reasons.

Given the strain on the NHS why I am so bad for not wanting to normalise the nations' weight gain?

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