USA TODAY Weekend Extra - - LIFE - Carly Mal­len­baum @that­girl­carly USA TO­DAY

Do curvy girls want to wear tight, body-con­scious clothes? If you ask ac­tress-turned­fash­ion de­signer Rebel Wil­son, the an­swer is a re­sound­ing yes. But it has been an “evolv­ing process” to get depart­ment stores to agree with her, she says.

The Aus­tralian com­edy ac­tress, best known for play­ing Fat Amy on Pitch Per­fect, launched her cloth­ing line, Rebel Wil­son X An­gels. The clothes, which were made avail­able at Nord­ start­ing July 14 and are avail­able at se­lect Nord­strom stores now, run in sizes 14 through 24 and cost be­tween $49 for a shirt and $129 for a jacket.

Speak­ing from the Nord­strom Seat­tle store launch, Wil­son said, “We have some stuff that’s not bodycon, but then I’m try­ing to in­fuse a lot more bodycon stuff in there, be­cause I think women should be con­fi­dent, what­ever their size. They shouldn’t want to hide parts of them.”

Wil­son re­calls pitch­ing her cloth­ing line to depart­ment stores that were of the mind­set that plus-size clothes should con­tinue to be more tent-like.

“At first, the stores were like, ‘I don’t know if the plus-size girls would wear this, (in­stead) we still want some of the big­ger stuff that kinda hides things,’ ” Wil­son says. “To me, I wear a lot of bodycon stuff. I’m like, ‘I think they will (wear the tighter clothes), and I think they’re re­ally gonna like it.’ I like cel­e­brat­ing peo­ple’s fig­ures.”

Though the ac­tress in­fused much of her per­sonal style in the line that has cold-shoul­der tops, asy­met­ri­cal shirts and sheath dresses, she un­der­stands the im­por­tance of ca­ter­ing to cus­tomers. Wil­son lis­tened to data that showed “prints are a big seller for plus-size women,” she says. As a re­sult, “a lit­tle shell top has prints on it, (which) weirdly isn’t some­thing that I per­son­ally would wear,” she says. But there’s plenty Wil­son does wear, of course. “I love a lot of the jack­ets,” she says. Her line cur­rently car­ries a suede mo­tor­cy­cle jacket ($129) and the lilac bomber jacket ($109). “Com­ing down the track we have a dou­ble-sided se­quin jacket that you can brush them one way and they look a cer­tain way, and you can brush them an­other way,” she says. There’s also the neck­band shirt ($49) that looks like the top Wil­son wore to a launch party in New York City and the fit­ted lace-up shoul­der top ($69) the ac­tress rocked at her Seat­tle store launch. Wil­son, who learned a few tricks of the fash­ion trade through col­lab­o­rat­ing on two cap­sule col­lec­tions with plus­size brand Tor­rid (“de­sign­ing, hav­ing a vi­sion, the man­u­fac­ture process”), ex­pects to re­lease new items ev­ery six weeks for her line. Rebel Wil­son X An­gels will ex­pand to be made avail­able at Dil­lards, Lord & Tay­lor, Dia & Co. and more Nord­strom stores next month.


At $109, the Rebel Wil­son X An­gels sig­na­ture bomber jacket fea­tures zip­per pock­ets and em­broi­dery on the back.


Rebel’s cloth­ing line, which in­cludes this knit top with neck­band, is avail­able on­line and in Nord­strom stores.


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