There is no doubt that the fashion industry has embraced plus size clothing during the last several years. It was once taboo to produce a plus size line, but now designers are racing to create their own. More and more women are also developing their own personal styles and enjoying the new world of fashion that has been opened to them. Sadly, there is still a bit of stigma around the term “plus size” that can affect some women.

Separating women into the “normal” and “plus” sized categories seems unnecessary to some folks. After all, can’t all of the sizes just be considered normal? Although this is one argument, more women are concerned about the advent of plus sizes for younger children. It could be difficult for a 10, 11, or 12 year old girl to shop in the plus size section and then be teased or singled out by her friends.

Obviously, debates of this nature are complex and multi-faceted. What is truly important is that, regardless of what they are called, designers continue to create stylish, flattering clothing for women of all sizes. For now, that means plus size clothing. If that title changes at some point, hopefully it will be in response to the greater acceptance by society of women of all shapes and sizes.