Carnie Wilson of 'Karaoke Battle USA'
In a world where size zero wasn't small enough, double zero was invented. It's enough to make women who wear a size 8 feel enormous.
Adding to the pressure is anything above a size 12 is considered plus-sized. By then so many women feel they should wear only subdued solids and often wear clothes too big, hoping it camouflages them.
Then there's Carnie Wilson. The singer, writer, and judge of ABC's "Karaoke Battle USA" has a fun look that costumer Warren Baker describes as "elegant but flouncy and almost whimsical. I just wanted to give her a whole new image."
"With Carnie I kind of didn't want to go for anything traditional, or anything people would expect her in," Baker says. "I wanted to play with prints, and I am a big fan of purple."
Wilson, who has been public about her struggle with obesity, says, "After I had kids I had so much trouble. And being 43, it is really hard to lose weight. I don't show my arms. I don't wear things that are too tight.
"My style is kind of polished," she continues. "I love a leopard print. I am wearing a sundress to the floor, one of those, almost like a lizard print, black and white and lavender, and I am wearing a sweater jacket, hot pink, over it. I like color. I like an accessory that's flashy. For this show we are doing really beautiful dresses with a great print and splashing with an amazing necklace."
He often tops a print dress with a cardigan from Karen Kane.
"They do really cool kind of sequined jackets that are kind of chic and interesting patterns or styles, where edges are frayed and really floaty," Baker says.
He finds her jewelry at Charles Albert.
"They are kind of like prehistoric rocks" that are strung together "on a necklace and quite heavy but incredible to look at."
Baker's advice to larger women is to look for materials that have some give to them.
"There are some really gorgeous fabrics," he says. "Just keep everything neat and clean. And some fabrics out there, if there is too much stretch, or shows too much, it can get a little bit messy."And never forget the accessories. Off camera, Wilson says, "I love myself a really nice bag. I love Gucci, Chanel, and Dolce & Gabbana, and there is nothing better than a Louis Vuitton. I love the name brands because I am a whore for that. I learned some big lessons with spending, so I will shop anywhere. I will shop at Forever 21. I like to mix and match, and I will find some great pieces at the Gap."