Saturday, May 30, 2015

Melissa McCarthy on Plus-Size Shopping: It's Hard When You Can't Find Clothes Because 'Your Store Is Upstairs Hidden by the Tire Section

At a time when it seems like every celebrity is launching a clothing line, Melissa McCarthy has managed to set hers apart from the pack with some commonsense style advice (and head-turning appearances like these). And now she’s opening up more about what to expect from her designs (as well as what inspired her to create them) in the cover story of June’s More magazine.
Melissa McCarthy More MagazineDavid Slijper/MORE Magazine

“It’s pretty consuming,” she says about the design process, which includes incorporating doodles from her kids into the finished product. “My problem is, I don’t hand things off very well. I just figure if it has my name on it and I want to make people feel good about wearing it, I can’t pass it off.”
But it’s worth it to her — after all, this idea has been a long time in the making, and it was inspired by her own disappointing shopping experiences, as she’s talked about before. “People don’t stop at size 12. I feel like there’s a big thing missing where you can’t dress to your mood above a certain number,” she says. “[Malls] segregate plus-size. It’s an odd thing that you can’t go shopping with your friends because your store is upstairs hidden by the tire section: ‘We’ll put you gals over there because we don’t want to see you and you probably don’t want to be seen.’ ”