(Closed) How do you define full-figured?

posted 6 years ago in Full Figured
  • poll: Someone is full-figured:
    If they are overweight : (47 votes)
    31 %
    If they are obese : (6 votes)
    4 %
    If they consider themselves to be full-figured : (26 votes)
    17 %
    If they don't fit into 'standard' sized clothes and need plus-sized ones : (74 votes)
    48 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble bee

    Ipersonally class it as overweight- but then I do rarely use the term full-figured.

    Post # 4
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I think the term “Full Figured” is really loose. I think it depends on what you personally consider yourself to be. Also, to me, “full figured” and “plus size” are very different. You can be “full figured” and be a size 6 if your bust and butt are rounder… It depends on your curves, not your size. 

    Post # 5
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    I think full-figured basically means you need to shop in the women’s department or specialty stores. I see it as meanign that the figure you have is plumped up with fat (as opposed to muscle or bone mass). I do not think it is the same as curvy. You can be curvy as size 2 and you can be straight at size 22. I do think it is the same as plus-sized.

    Post # 6
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    @mrsSonthebeach:  Excuse my ignorance… But why is it only “full-figured” women who have to shop in the women’s department. Where do other women shop?

    Post # 7
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    @SpecialSundae:  In clothing, misses is where non full-figured women shop and women’s is where the full-figured shop. Check it out next time you’re in a department store.

    Post # 8
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @SpecialSundae:  While I disagree with her, I think she means the “womens” section rather than the “misses” section…

    Post # 9
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 1993

    @SpecialSundae:  There might be a cultural thing here – women’s clothing is divided into Junior’s, Misses, and Women with Misses being the size 0-12ish.

    Post # 10
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    It can mean a lot of different things, but I think in the context of the “full-figured” board, it means plus size/fat/curvy/chubby/thick

    Post # 11
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @SpecialSundae:  It’s a US thing 🙂

    Post # 12
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    @mrsSonthebeach:  I live in the UK. Women’s departments go from size 6/8 (UK, so 2/4 US) upwards. There are plus-size retailers, but most department stores are pretty integrated these days.

    Post # 13
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    @SpecialSundae:  Just saw you are in the UK… it may be different there than in the US.

    Post # 14
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    When it’s apparent that the woman is not at at a healthy weight. I think for women with small frames, this can happen within a “standard” size, and I think women can wear larger “plus” sizes and still be at a healthy weight for their frames. Since “overweight” is defined by the BMI (which doesn’t distinguish between muscle mass and fat mass), I stay away from using that term, but for the average-build person it probably overlaps well (but not entirely) with “full-figured”. 

    Post # 15
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I take it to mean curvy as well as the size thing.  Like I’m a pretty full figured size ten now (was a 14 previously)  Like I am curvier than most size tens.  Small waist, big ass, medium boobs.  I think it depends more on the person than sizes too.  If you’re a size 14 and 6 feet tall you probably look thin, but if you’re a size 14 at 5’5″ you probably look a little bit more full figured.  It’s a proportions thing for me less than a size thing.  

    Post # 16
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    @SpecialSundae:  So here in the US:

    Junior = teen (and sizing is on the uneven numbers, usually 00, 1-13, to indicate this; cuts are different and meant to accommodate a girl without a lot of bust or hip).

    Misses = normal ready-to-wear for women (sized on the even numbers, usually 0-12 or 14, rarely 16).

    Women’s = ready-to-wear for women who are generally size 14 and above (sometimes 12, sometimes 16). Sometimes, sizes restart for vanity or continue on from 12/14/16.

    Most stores separate out women’s from misses to make shopping a quicker as you can find your size more easily and because the cuts often change. A plus sized woman usually (usually) does not have the same ratio of proportions as one who fits in misses and generally sizing is based on just taking the measurements in or out a certain set number of inches in all dimensions, and you get to a point at which that doesn’t work so well anymore. A plus-sized woman is probably not 12 inches bigger in each dimension that someone smaller, say, but more needs her clothing designed off of a different proportion standard. Also, many items will only exist in misses or women’s because the styling would not be appropriate for someone on the other end of the spectrum. Often, this results in really unflattering and unstylist women’s clothing, so a number of designers have begun to tackle that problem in order to offer more fashionable, trendy clothing specifically designed to flatter but not hide a full-figured woman.

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