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After being in the works for over a year, Melissa McCarthy's clothing line is finally here. As its September 1 launch approaches, the funny lady is putting all jokes aside and getting serious about making her mark in fashion.
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On that note, McCarthy's collection will be made in an extensive range of sizes, from a 4 to 28—and feature basics, signature prints, and her hand-picked must-haves. "I thought, What do I wear in a week? I designed selfishly with things I want in my own closet," said the actress. "I wanted to do basics with great detail that are easy to mix—all so that the customer can dress for her mood."
Overall, the collection is super wearable and will be easy to integrate into anyone's closet. Our favorite pieces? The long-line knit vest, printed Le Meow sweater (side note: her seven-year-old daughter Vivian drew that graphic!), and uber-flattering pencil skirt. Don't just take our word for it—check out how to wear the collection IRL, right here:
"Needing a little more on your bust does not mean that your wrist is the size of a stop sign!" says McCarthy. "I don't think people have necessarily looked at the clothing on the body. I went to every fitting and got down on my hands and knees pinning to make the clothes proportional. You can't just grade up the cuts of clothing, you have to make adjustments in design."
Tuesday: Checkered Skirt
The designer explained, "I wore all the pieces for a full day and made adjustments after that. At first, the waistband in the skirt was a little too tight. I changed that and some lengths too. With those adjustments and everything that's in there as a base, it's like a built-in foundation. You don't need to double up and wear all the underpinnings
Wednesday: Checkered Pants
"Somebody said to me, 'Oh, no one plus-size wants a patterned pant!' But I was making patterned pants for myself all the time—because I can't find them in stores—and people were asking me where I got them," she says.
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Thursday: Knit Vest
"The basics are stylish but really versatile," says McCarthy. "With the simpler pieces, I want the woman to be the statement. The long-lines are a little chicer and really forgiving. If you don't like it, nothing's easier than taking up a hem."
"I think we do so much tearing down of women. In the same amount of time with the same amount of energy, you can lift them up. If me doing a clothing line that's like, 'Yeah, wear the checkered pants! Wear the flannel! Wear the damn cheetah print, I beg you!' helps lift them up, that's amazing. We only get one go around, have a little fun," she says. Amen!