It’s no secret that the plus size women in our world have a much more stressful shopping experience than any other demographic. The next time you go shopping count how many retailers have plus size sections. You could probably count them all on ten fingers. The retailers that do, in fact, carry extended sizes do not have the trendiest of clothing available. If by chance you do catch a shop that really hit the nail on the head, the prices are typically more expensive than those of the straight sizes. Which leads us to the three words that retailers desperately need to hear: get it together.
Obviously, the main problem with being plus size, is in the name: size. Most retailers that specifically sell straight sizes do not carry sizes above a 14. In the fashion industry, a size 8 is considered plus size. (Ridiculous, we know.) However, the average, everyday plus size woman is about a 16. If you look through the sizes at a typical clothing retailer, you will only find up to an XL, or maybe an XXL if you’re lucky. However, even if they do carry up to an XXL, it pretty much equals about a large in real measurements. The struggle is too real when you see a shirt that is marked as an XL, but fits like an XS.
Another serious problem of shopping for plus size clothing is the lack of trendiness. Most retailers that do carry plus size clothing tend to shoot more toward the older demographic, focusing on monochromatic outfits featuring cropped pants and a rhinestoned top. Retailers should consider taking the clothing that they sell in straight sizes and make the exact same pieces in plus sizes. They’d be sure to get more business and regular customers. All we want is a plus size Coachella line that is flattering and cute. The stores that deserve a gold medal in this subject are Forever 21, Charlotte Russe, Boohoo, Asos, and Target (90 percent of the time).
The pricing of plus size clothing is no joke. Typically, a straight sized clothing piece is about a dollar or two less than a plus size one. If you’re logically looking at it, it makes sense because the designers are using less fabric, therefore it costs less to make. However, plus size women should not be punished financially because of the size of their bodies and the fabric that it took to make clothes that fit them. Plus size women go through enough with all of the above statements, and adding a fee to it is crossing the line.
Shopping should be a fun pastime that is enjoyable for everyone, but with lack of sizing, trendiness, and an affordable pricing, being plus sized makes shopping almost as unbearable as writing a four-page essay that’s due the day after it’s assigned. Gross.
Photo by: Sarah Schreiner