I’ve written about being plus size before. Blah blah … I’m bigger than your ‘average’ woman. It’s not exactly that newsworthy. However … it IS something that a LOT of women are passionate about. Not the fact I have big boobs per se (that’s a whole other post) – I mean the fact that it’s a real ‘issue’ in every day life for a lot of us. From dealing with the “did you see the size of her tits” comments (I find bitch slapping them upside the head helps,) to finding sexy/smart/on trend clothes that fit.
Ah. The whole clothes debate. Again, it’s not something that hasn’t been discussed before but I recently began creating a Board on Pinterest (yeah, THAT Pinterest that I said I’d never use,) for ‘Plus Size Clothing’ and I have been really surprised by the popularity of it.
So I started spending more time on this particular Board and I think I’ve created a selection of great outfits that I would love to wear. I Pinned items that were already on Pinterest, predominantly American clothes, so I thought I’d search the internetz to see if I could find UK clothes that I could promote to my followers.
And herein lies the problem. WTAF has the British clothing industry got against fuller figured women?! What did we do to the head of New Look that pissed him/her off SO much that they thought this would be something we’d like to wear?!
I use New Look as my first example because it was the first website I went to. Now, not only do several of my local branches of New Look not even stock the Inspire range (sizes 14-28) anymore (“No demand” apparently,) but the one branch that does stocks, I’d estimate, twenty items at most. They are predominantly in dull, muted colours – baggy, non-descript clothes I would never wear.
So I went onto their website, hoping to be inspired (pardon the pun.) I wasn’t. And when I Tweeted my opinion, several other bloggers concurred so I don’t think I’m being particularly ‘picky.’
I know several shops, eg. Marks & Spencer, do make bigger clothes. I also appreciate that shops like Lipsy or Karen Millen just don’t give a tiny rat’s arse about catering for bigger women. But it does beg the question … WHY THE FECK NOT?
(Counts to ten ….)
OK, I can’t make every clothing manufacturer see sense but I’m just so tired of having this debate.
I did some research before writing this post (which basically just consisted of me going shopping,) but for every woman that has ever gone into Evans, you’ll know what I’m about to say. No, Evans, I do not want to always wear checked shirts! Nor do I like my clothes being tied up at the back with a big bow like I’m a six year old girl. Nor … do I want everything I wear to be covered in beading and sequins like I’m off on a cruise.
We, (I’m using the Royal ‘we’) want to look smart, sophisticated, cute, sexy, even mildly on trend. We’re not asking for something that isn’t afforded to other women. Why the differentiation just because we have bellies that move as we walk?
I date. I work full time. I’m a mother of two. A blogger. A sister. A daughter. I have bright ginger hair that I PAY to have that way. I love red lipstick. I have a waist that I like to accentuate. A cleavage I like to show off if the mood takes me. I pay my taxes. I eat cake. I also do not dodge salads. I make videos pretending I’m the Bionic Woman (long story.) I spout a lot of nonsense on Twitter. I love my job. I’m not a wallflower. I don’t want to be ignored just because I’m a size 18.
I’m a fan of women. A great believer in all of us being pretty awesome, no matter what size we are. I’m not jumping on the ‘curvy girls are better’ bandwagon, because they’re not. This whole ‘Real Women’ nonsense gets my back up – we’re ALL real!
So why aren’t bigger girls treated the same and given the opportunity to look as good as our thinner sisters?
Meh. Can’t see Mr or Mrs New Look reading this and thinking, “Oh no, one rogue blogger is kicking off so we better take her views seriously and make a change.” Nah, not gonna happen.
But wouldn’t it be fabulous if it did?