Curvy Chix Chariot is Washington D.C.’s first mobile boutique for plus size women (sizes 14-24) owned by Donna Hundley. The only fashion truck in DC, MD, VA bringing trendy fashions specifically for plus size women, they work closely with local designers and global plus size designers to provide unique designs that will complement their clients.
In addition to the trendy plus size clothing, the Curvy Chix Chariot fashion truck offers accessories, handbags, jewelry and much more that fits the needs of curvy divas. Their fashion truck is a chic cozy boutique that lives by the slogan “Love Your Curves, Sexy Comes in Every Size!”
Donna knew that she couldn’t have been the only plus size woman who was frustrated with the lack of selection of stylish and reasonably priced clothing for curvy body types. Instead of just being frustrated, she decided to take action. She decided to look into the possibility of going mobile with a boutique idea. One of her best friends came up with the name Curvy Chix Chariot.
Hundley wasn’t always been a plus sized woman. A medical condition caused her to gain weight and she found herself having to adapt to her new body. She heard similar stories from a lot of other women. Donna decided that her boutique was not something that was just going to be a store to provide products, but a want for her store to be an experience. “I want my customers to realize that no matter what your size, you deserve to look and feel beautiful. I want every customer to walk out feeling confident about themselves and their curves!”
“I think we have come a long way in understanding that there is a market and need to have the trendy, fashionable, and affordable plus size clothing. According to a Netscape article from AOL Lifestyle, “The fashion industry assumes these standard measurements for a woman: 35-inch bust, a 27-inch waist, and 37.5-inch hip.” The reality for women 36-45 is actually an average size of:
• White: 41-34-43
• Black: 43-37-46
• Hispanic: 42.5-36-44
• Asian: 41-35-43
That says a lot about how the fashion industry needs to be more realistic in what they are creating and making available for the average woman consumer.
Understanding that everyone has some insecurities about the way the look, Donna believes it’s important that women continue to show that they can be beautiful at any size. “As women, our bodies go through so many changes and I think that it is important to be healthy and feel good with the changes. Therefore, the way we are portrayed in fashion and beauty should also reflect us to help reinforce our beauty.”