Another thing I’m sick of: blaming fat women for our lack of clothing options

I am a size 16 and I completely agree!
Having said that, I have found the trends changing in our favor now. We have more options available online, although they are not as pretty as the ones available to the skinny ones, but it’s a start.
I have noticed that when an online site like fashionandyou.com or jabong.com put up a new section for women’s formals or even casual ethnics, the sizes that are sold out first are plus sizes.
Just last week when I went with a friend (she must be a size 18) for shopping in a mall here, I was pleased to see that they did have options available for her size too. On the contrary, even an year back whenever I used to go to to shop, it used to infuriate me. It was like we fatties didn’t exist at all! Even brands like Zara or Mango do not have clothes above size 36 or 38 😦 and if u go to Marks & Spencer, you will find clothes in your size and many options but they are so ugly and fit so badly that makes you wonder what they were thinking! You put on a pair of pants and they will look like they are holding a bag of potatoes in them.
I would definitely recommend trying pineapple. The best fit ever!
So, designers and pretty stuff makers! If you’re listening, please start making clothes for us too. We exist too!

Tutus And Tiny Hats

rack of floofy betsey johnson dresses Give me the pretties, pleeeeease.

While I’m on a roll of ranting about things that piss me off, here’s another one: the recent trend of blaming the lack of plus size clothing options on the supposed buying habits of plus size customers. This piece in TIME, and this one on Fashionista are two examples, and they make me so viscerally angry that it’s hard to respond articulately–but I’ll try.

“[R]eal change for plus-size fashion will come when customers make more conscious purchasing decisions,” claims the TIME piece. Hahahahaha, no. Real change will come when companies realize that fat women are people and start making clothes in our size. It’s kind of ridiculous to insist that fat women’s shopping choices must be the issue, when our whole problem is that we don’t have enough options to choose from in the first place.

In the Fashionista article, a blogger named…

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3 thoughts on “Another thing I’m sick of: blaming fat women for our lack of clothing options

  1. I read the entire Time article and based on what I read, their point makes a lot of sense. They’re saying they’ve done the market research, they’ve tried to make/sell the clothes, but nobody bought them. The research is likely done in small areas, so you as a consumer may not have seen these products available to you. It’s relatively similar to the complaint that good healthy food choices aren’t available in low-income areas, but when the healthy choices are provided, nobody bought them and the food went bad. Lost profits. Wasted food. While I agree, I’m sure there is much blame toward the fashion industry (don’t get me wrong, I can’t stand the fashion industry) I think what they’re saying is a culture change needs to occur. They need to see profits from the clothes you want when they provide them otherwise they’ll lose money.

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      1. All good points, though you’re assuming they actually care. If you’re a volume retailer/manufacturer it may not make sense to offer a additional sizes outside your target market if that customer base that actually is purchasing it would amount to say 5% or even 10%. That may not be a large enough percentage to make it worth it to produce additional sizes.

        I’m not disagreeing entirely with you, but based on the Time article, there’s a lot of validity in what they said. They didn’t say the industry isn’t to blame. They actually said they were mostly to blame. But, they did indicate that the consumer can affect change by changing how they consume products. Based on their research, they are being told to showcase plus size clothes on plus sized models, but when they actually did it, sales went down. When they showcased the clothes on a smaller model, then sales went up. That is a consumer culture issue. That is a population unconsciously being prejudiced against members of their own group. It appears you may not be able to have it both ways.

        It would have been nice if the article had indicated some of the changes they felt the industry could be making as well, though it was geared towards what the consumer can do, which, it also didn’t entirely answer that either.

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