You will know from my blog that I am a passionate advocate of trying to find suitable plus size clothing for us ladies that have plenty of junk in their trunk. The problem is, it is still proving very frustrating to buy clothes in my size, particularly online.


I had a dilemma recently wherein I was given some vouchers and had to choose from a certain range of clothes. The problem was finding anything in my size. Seriously. Do you know how frustrating it is to keep being told there’s nothing available for you?  You’d think that the fact that most items have sold out in my size would perhaps give manufacturers some small indication that there are a lot of women like me out there.  (ie. perfectly normal!)


Every time I write about this subject I hope that things will have changed. I’m now 42 and have faced this problem for most of my adult life. I just hope that I don’t get to 52 and still have the same problem.


There are lots of shops on the High Street that are making a token effort, but what they don’t understand is that they are just not hitting the mark.


It’s still not good enough!


I love shoes, boots,  jewellery,  fitted clothes and bright colours – everything most other women love … I just need clothes in a bigger size!


In a slightly related matter, I went back to the gym today after having 18 months off from doing any meaningful exercise, and when my trainer asked me what my goals were, I had a light bulb moment. He asked if I had a holiday coming up or a special occasion that I wanted to prepare for. I replied I didn’t, but fundamentally he was asking if I wanted to lose weight.


Honestly, I’m really not that bothered about losing weight – I just want to get fitter.


You see, being a ‘big girl’ really doesn’t bother me – it never has. What does bother me, however, is being made to feel like a second-class citizen because I’m overweight.


You may think that overweight people are treated the same as everybody else. Let me show you an article I read today by an overweight lady in America and you can make your own mind up whether that’s true.


In the meantime, I am about to dish up pasta and peas for dinner and intend to enjoy every last morsel.




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  1. “You see, being a ‘big girl’ really doesn’t bother me – it never has. What does bother me, however, is being made to feel like a second-class citizen because I’m overweight.”

    THIS! TOTALLY THIS! I have managed to drop from a size 24/26 to a size 18, and to be frank, I am bloody proud of myself. Can I find clothes? Can I bollox. Unless I want to pay out excessive amounts.

    Yes I do work, my wages just about pay the rent and the bills, I’m lucky to have £50 a month left to buy my son and hubby stuff they need, let alone treat myself (Hubby can’t work due to health problems, however the problems aren’t problematic enough for him to be eligible for any sort of benefit, even though he was signed off by their own docs. really don’t get that).

    I’d LOVE to be able to buy nice clothes that don’t cost a bloody fortune. Until clothes retailers wake up and discover the fact that “normal” doesn’t mean a size 14 as “plus size” there will never be anywhere that sells decent clothes for me.

    Sorry for the total rant


  2. Yep, exactly that. Plus I’m sometimes tempted to buy something JUST BECAUSE IT’S IN MY SIZE! Sorry for shouting, but y’know. Oh, and I’m over 50 too so something that might have worked when I was 40 doesn’t always work now. Double bollocks.
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