Melissa McCarthy to the Rescue? What Fashion-Frustrated Professionals Really Want

Plus-size women demand a wardrobe that suits their stature

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After the buzzworthiest fashion designers rejected actress Melissa McCarthy's request to design her 2012 Oscar dress, the Best Supporting Actress nominee eventually decided to take matters into her own talented hands. When McCarthy recently announced plans to launch her own clothing line, fashion-frustrated women responded with joy -- and relief.

Plus-size professional women are now begging the beloved actress, who once studied fashion design at Southern Illinois University, to rescue them from clothes that resemble "great grandma's table cloth, a flower garden, and F&*#ING stretch synthetic fabrics."

As one fan told AOL Jobs: "Designers need to get on board. The world has more size 14+ women in it than size two." Another said: "I love my job. I want to get ahead. Please help me look the part!"

What design advice would fashion-frustrated career women give Melissa? We asked plus size pioneer Chrystal Bougon to tap into her thriving "curvy" community. Many responded with humor, honesty, and smartly specific ideas for the beloved star's upcoming line:

Age-appropriate Styles

I don't want to look like an old lady or tent and I don't like cartoons on my shirts or a weird flower. I'm 22 years old I want to dress like 22 year olds not 98.

I want regular clothes, fashion industry. I don't want to look like I'm 90.

Please use patterns that do NOT look like it was my great grandma's table cloth or curtains from the 60's.

I'm in my 20's, I would like to be able to dress as such, just like my smaller friends.

Cute clothes for ALL ages! Even 80 year olds want attractive styles not boxes!

Patterns, Flowers and Stripes OH MY

Stop with the ugly patterns and designs. We deserve to look and feel just as confident as anyone else.

By the way if I want to look like a flower garden I will go lay in one!

STOP with the giant loud patterns!

Regular colors would be great. Not everyone looks awesome in mustard yellow.

Stop with the random ass embellishments please.

Plus size is not one size fits all

Remember we have TALL curvy women and short curvy.

Curvy girls come in all sizes, we need petite curvy and hip stylish clothes and bras that fit!

Please keep all shapes in mind...we will be grateful and buy your clothes!

Please do not assume all curvy women have big chests!

Longer cut jackets and sweaters!

Make the clothes in proportions that actually work. What I mean by that is not all curvies are 5' 10", so pant legs shouldn't be flared from the hip down.

Just because we're plus size doesn't mean our arms are longer than normal. I can't tel you how many tops I've had to shorten the sleeves on.

Just say no to ...

Professional wear that's completely shapeless and boxy. I know I am curvy but I should not have to wear tents when I testify in court!

I'm a VP at my company. I can afford to pay for quality clothes. But the only ones who seem interested in selling me anything are designing caftans and mu-mus.

(Business) Dresses that are too shiny, or too short.

I also don't want to pay twice the price my friends pay for the same item.

There are other fabrics besides rayon & polyester. Try some linens, cottons, satins. Please!!!!

But most of all, Melissa ....

I want reasonably priced trendy clothes that fit and make my curves go pow not oww.

Remember, I work. I represent my company. I have to look put together.

To be honest, I would like the same things smaller women can wear.

I promise you will make money!!!!!!!

We also want things that are affordable and durable!

When you're designing clothes and then using models in your fashion show to show off your designs how about you use curvy girls?

How about suit jackets that fit broad shoulders but are cut for women's bodies?

We hike, we swim, we paddleboard, we ski, so make gear we can actually use and feel comfortable in.

And finally:

We want exactly what other fashionable women want. Trendy clothing that fits well, and is sized for our bodies. We're no different than women in size 0-2-4!! We all want the same thing!

Note from the author: We've been amazed and encouraged by the comments in response to the article about Melissa McCarthy's rejection by the fashion designers. We invite you to add to the comments below -- or join the conversation going on here.

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Beebee

I am 5'2" and 26lb overweight and have experienced huge problems with finding a dress recently for a wedding. The American market is really bad with fashion choices for women like me. I recently took a trip to Dublin, Ireland and was blown away by the fashion there. Awesome diversity in sizes and styles at reasonable prices, it left America in the dust . I am excited for Melissa and I look forward to her collections. You go girl!

July 07 2014 at 1:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
anninh2o

I am a retired teacher (40 years in the profession). I am 76 years old and have been plus-sized for most of those years. Presently, I am playing guitar, singing and performing professionally in a Country Band in Central Florida and having lots of fun. But, as usual, I have a hard time finding appropriate clothing. I want sparkly tops and jeans that fit well. I would like a few PRETTY-PATTERENED maxi-dresses taht also fit well. I surely hope Melissa McCarthy can help. I am a great fan! Annie

June 19 2014 at 12:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
b72941ga

I want a sophisticated bathing suit like smaller sizes wear. A one piece or tankini with a taylored skirt would be nice with some bling and without the large ugly flowers. Why do designers think plus size women or older women want to wear flowers? One of the places larger size tops should cover is the back of the neck because often there's a pad of fat. Yet most of the tops scoop down there. I wear lotsof scarfs to cover that area.

June 09 2014 at 8:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Paul

Melissa's a good poster woman for DIABETES

June 09 2014 at 5:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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jrb1863

I am a big beautiful woman and I do not have diabetes

June 11 2014 at 12:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
yayabeanes

Even if one decides to change their shape and weight for what ever reason...Shouldn't they have nice clothes to wear...Are they not entitled to the same...Jeesh, too many people just don't get it...It's not "puff" you're the right size now for everybody else to accept and finally, you are allowed to wear what I can.

June 09 2014 at 5:02 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Judge Davis

Bring it on Ms. McCarthy...bring it on. It is long, long overdue.

June 09 2014 at 4:25 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
ringmasterigs

There are comments here about McCarthy being "average", if she is "average" then we really are in bad shape physically because she is really OVERWEIGHT.!!!

June 09 2014 at 4:16 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
tytina

This article is dead on. I can give you an example of a company named B.L.E.U. has these great henley style t-shirts with some awesome graphics and a bit of bling for the s-m-l-xl. But when they made the 1x,2x, etc they left out the henley style and lessoned the graphics. REALLY DISAPPOINTED. I gave my suggestions to the company but they don't listen. Still the same old fashioned grandma style.

June 09 2014 at 4:00 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
loveeurope2

What about us, who are only slightly overweight, but have ugly knobbly knees? Try to find clothes that cover your knees ( I am not talking maxi skirts) i.g. a business suit! Dresses are either maxi or mini. Victoria Beckham had some midi? skirts and dresses in her collection. They look fabulous. I just cannot afford them.

June 09 2014 at 3:44 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
kominiakautumn

This article was spot on. I can't tell you how many times I've said many of those exact comments to my husband - especially the ones about having the same patterns as the lower sizes and keeping away from the garish prints - or even just the huge flowers, that no one who wears a size 8 would ever be caught dead wearing. I hope Melissa McCarthy starts her own clothing line that is fashionable and affordable.

June 09 2014 at 3:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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