Tired of everything trying to sell with the message of making you look slimmer, lost 10 pounds, lean, cut for illusion. Clothes that fit well are definitely more flattering than those than don’t obviously. But clothes don’t make you look skinny or make you look lean. It’s a very deceptive selling strategy. Figure flattering, attractive, embracing curves are most definitely things we look for in clothes as well as stylish and empowering to make you feel confident. Maybe some women don’t want to look skinny. Since when is skinny ever a compliment? I would attribute skinny to malnourished and not healthy.
Oh happynNC! Thank you. With a response like that it makes taking the time and thought to write all worth it. Be well, healthy, happy and don’t forget to laugh alot SISTER!!!!!!!!!!! All the best to you.
veniceshopper ….. All I can say is AMEN SISTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The sizing by DG2 is deceptive and quite comical as used in a selling strategy. Diane Gilman wants to bring sexy and skinny back and change your life. Being a size smaller is just not doing it. It’s deception as to what size you are in the real world. Yes, sadly enough here is a vendor who wants to so much give to women so much is using deception tactics to sell her clothes. I listen to her mantra time after time and I just have to chuckle that she actually believes she is so much smarter than the rest if us. Is she believable no. Is her selling tactics a croc of garbage aimed toward women who feel insecure and made to feel so because they look sloppy unless they wear her jeans and burlap sack shaped tops that cover our "bad" areas like our mid sections,thighs,bottoms and hips. Really? Does age make us so incredibly grotesque that we need to buy super stretchy jeans and overpriced tops to then cover up everything that aging has sorely done to our bodies? Older bodies are not repulsive. Perhaps Diane thinks hers is but don’t stand there trying to convince the rest of us that we have anything to be ashamed of and cover up with shame. Its pathetic that so many women think that her sad stretch with little pockets are fashion forward and classy.
Reading some of the reviews of the jeans the quality is so awful I don’t understand how its passing any quality control. Toxic odors, color coming off, uneven tailoring of sizes, inseams and sizes. How is this happening over and over again.
On the blog that Diane Gilman started many customers address these issues and she totally ignores each and every one of them. That’s disgusting as she sells hundreds of thousands of jeans and refuses to address any problems. I was in shock she ignored them and find her a shoddy character. As she keeps up selling junk and blatantly ignoring her horrible products then its not going to be a show of listening to her bragging rights of traveling to Milan and London and Paris of the dollar of HSN customers.
I understand HSN makes huge profits from Diane Gilman but turning a blind eye over the product customers are receiving is shameful.
Thank you to those that have taken the time to post on a thread that I initiated here. I am overwhelmed that the posts are so articulate and written with a realistic desire to express that as women we get it. We are really above the hype of advertising and marketing of clothes and skincare.
The current constant insisting to change my flaws has been hurtful.Women do not require to change and purchase products in hope of turning back time. Age is not a sin. It’s really a beautiful thing and a blessing. I don’t want to spend my precious life moping over lines or muffin tops. I am just glad that I can still be confident knowing that aging isn’t a curse and do not have drawers of skin care and makeup.
It’s made me feel so relieved that there are such great women who can be comfortable and content knowing that life is a gift not perfect bodies or skin. Besides what is perfect? I forget because I don’t know. I never thought the word described people as it is erroneous to ever think that perfection is possible with anything. The illusion of perfection is just that and beauty as always said is not what media interjects into our minds but just the reflections we see everyday in our own mirrors.
Wow…..this is such an amazing thread! Thanks everyone!!!! There is nothing on the market that is going to take away wrinkles! If there was one company would take over and it would be over with! We need to wake up to all the marketing tactics they use! It’s all about marketing and the all mighty $$$$$$$. And remember some of the vendors are contracted to HSN. 🙂
Also, due to descriptions of her sizes, I guess if you are a size 2 wouldn’t you be like a negative 4 in her jeans??? Do they come in those sizes??? Just saying…
I agree with all of you and as the designer you should actually tell the proper size that you are wearing. I am exactly the same measurements that Diane states she is and I cannot get into an extra small, don’t know how she does. Anyway, I just wanted to say that I sent Diane an email a couple of years ago about how if you purchase her jeans in the right size for your butt then you would get muffin top at your waist. I found "comfort fit" as she calls it in Canada about 4 years ago and let her know where and the shop and asked "why don’t you make jeans like this", then there is NO MUFFIN top. Never heard back but low and behold all of a sudden the top appeared and it really sounds like she is taking the credit for making it. The only difference is the seam for the "brazillian butt lift" as she calls it, but she would have to change something because that comfort waist is trade marked so there would have to be some change to it and I guess another seam did it. And, as another person stated, the quality has gone down, sizing if off, etc etc. I will try one more time and if there is still a problem back they go.
I have a question about DG jeans? I have never bought a pair, but I see she always sells alot of her jeans when she’s on and I rarely listen to her and I have looked at the reviews. I know, I know I said I had a question. lol Does she just make her jeans twice as big so women can buy her jeans two sizes smaller to make us think we will somehow be thinner in wearing her jeans?? If so wouldn’t this be a little deceptive ??? Now I don’t know it’s just a question, like I said I’ve never purchased her jeans nor do I plan on it. Just wondered if this is why she sells so many because most of the reviews on her jeans aren’t all that great. Now please , if you love her jeans and her as a designer that’s great . Please don’t be offended by the question?? Just can’t understand why in her jeans you need to size down sooo much? I guess I’m just wondering if she thinks women are that naive to not understand what’s going on in her marketing. JMO
The word ’empower’ with regard to females is used in such a backward way these days. Years ago female empowerment meant breaking down barriers and giving a voice to females in political and economic realms and allowing females to make decisions regarding issues that impact on their lives, having more control on the political front so they can improve their economic standing. It also meant freeing themselves from manipulation, abuse, and exploitation. Now, for some wacky reason, the term ’empowerment’ is used in conjunction with ‘figure flattering’ clothing. I’m sorry, but that throws us back 50 to 75 years when the power of a female only resided in her sexuality and the way she wore her clothes. Tricked up figure flattering clothing doesn’t empower anyone; it just covers up or hides what a synthetic or false society (fashion industry, movie industry) deems unattractive. If females really want to empower themselves, they’ll wear the kinds of clothing THEY like without the negative commentary of gimmicky clothing. They need to start saying, "This is what we look like. We’re human and we’ve got curves and bumps, and here we are!" The fact that so many females cave in to all of this tricked up clothing shows that females allow others to humiliate them into silence (covering up and/or manipulating their bodies with "figure flattering" clothing), and define who they are.
Sherry…love your post. Loved reading your insight and candid honesty. I agree and feel empowered reading this critique of how women are brainwashed to feel about themselves as we age.
I think its ridiculous and just hype to sell miracles in a bottle. Did you notice that the skincare is becoming so much higher priced lately? It’s going to sell as the dismay and self loathing becomes ingrained by all media. I am shocked to see the continuous offering of insanely priced skin care and makeup with promises to take the hands of time away.
I only wish that more money was put into research of diseases that are killing women…young women wat before they get their first lines.
I am not bothered by age. I just hope that I can continue to have adventures,smile, love and laugh at myself if I ever start thinking too much about vanity and not embracing everyday with grace, dignity and thanks for being able to still love myself as I am.
I would prefer if the word were substituted with "figure flattering". That way nobody is left out; it would mean the garment will look great based on the body you have now and not using one specific type as a benchmark. Of course this is a pipe dream…..sorry but I do believe one selling tactic, unfortunately, that retailers love is to make customers feel bad about themselves on some level in order to create a sense of urgency to try their "magical" product (many fashion mags are the worst offenders). When you hear the word "revolutionary" you know you are about to hear a mouthful.The correlating buzzword in skin care would be "young"- "healthy" would be a better word, or even radiant, and does not rely on age shaming or paranoia about a natural process. Getting older means you are living longer not losing your value (for example skin care demo before and afters- subtext is that you are better if you end up looking younger, when really you are just less-lined). It makes me uneasy when women are made to feel like an abomination if they don’t look a certain way. I cant watch those "before" shaming shows- where hosts cackle while pointing at amplified "flaws". I think that is just an outdated and insensitive format for my taste.It isn’t that many people don’t find youth or being skinny to be favorable, but it is quite cheesy that companies are cashing in on perpetuating societal obsessions that push people to extremes- and many times their products don’t actually deliver but only offer false hope and dissatisfaction.Of course there are things we can do to look our best, I think the main problem is that marketing is often relying on language or ideas that can be detrimental to a woman’s self-esteem by relaying societal biases either directly or indirectly. It also relies on the assumption that everyone wants to be super thin or that is the gold standard. The expected outcome is for people to buy buy buy based on hype or a false promise. Granted some things are effective, but I doubt anything is more potent than consistent healthy habits.Yes we are here buying items that improve our outer appearance, but it is always wise to consider the message which is prompting us to make such a purchase….I’m sure it is good for our insides to be critical thinkers aware of the subliminal message. Call it mindful consumption.Please excuse the lengthy response, it is just that these subjects have been on my mind recently 🙂
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02.22.15 11:50 PM