THIS IS NOT A MOMENT, IT'S A MOVEMENT // A trip to the Anthropologie home office in Philadelphia, PA
If you’re new around here, you may not know that Anthropologie extended their sizing to include plus sizes last Spring. I was very impressed with my first fitting room experience (read about that here or watch it here). While I was there trying amazing clothing on that actually fit (tears!!) - one of the corporate team members was there and mentioned that the president of Anthropologie was actually behind APlus 100%. She said that in a recent meeting, Hillary Super (Global President of Anthropologie) had told everyone that extending their sizing to 26 was “not a moment… it’s a movement.”
I knew right then and there that this brand was going to do amazing things and change lives.
Then, something amazing happened… A couple of weeks ago, Anthropologie contacted me and asked me to be a part of a fun event they were hosting for APlus at their home office in Philadelphia, PA. If you know me, then you know this was my major pinch me moment of the year. Like… major.
Going into it, I was nervous. I knew I’d be grouped with models and other bloggers, and I was a little scared I was out of my league.
I can honestly say, though, I was welcomed with open arms. Everyone was so genuine and it was the best experience!
The most amazing part of this trip was getting to meet with the A Plus design team, fit team, and Anthropologie executives. We got to sit down with everyone at different points during the day and ask them questions and give them our honest feedback. Some of the conversations included diversity in body shape and skin color on their models, and I was so proud of the girls who weren’t afraid to bring that up to the execs.
Another favorite moment of mine was when we were meeting with the fit team, and Cheryl (I’m unsure of her actual title) told us that this was the first time in over 10 years that she could walk into a store and buy a dress she had worked on. She’s a plus size woman, who’s been helping design clothing for straight sizes.
I was actually so surprised at how many plus size women are part of Anthropologie. I even suggested they do spotlights on people in their teams to the public… I think it would be so cool to see who’s behind the scenes and making the magic happen.
It was honestly such an honor to have been included in this trip. Everyone I was surrounded by had such good energy, and has a strong voice and a strong platform. I was also incredibly impressed with the staff at the home office of Anthro that put this whole event together. It was emotional and inspiring.
Here’s the link to my dress, I’m wearing the 18.
Also, I posted a short little highlight reel of the trip here. You can also click on the image in Instagram and it will show you all of the ladies who also went on this trip so you can give them a follow!
ps: writing this blog post was not a requirement in our partnership. I just really wanted to share it all with you. xo