You know what? I’ve had enough. I’ve had enough of supposed plus-size retailers/manufacturers/labels sizing out the upper end of a standard plus-size range. I’ve had enough of these companies deciding “We’ll make clothes for those of you who are fat… BUT NOT TOO FAT!” I’m looking at you City Chic, Asos Curve, Dorothy Perkins, Pinup Girl Clothing, Leona Edmiston, Style369, Carmakoma, Forever21, Monsoon…. there are so many more. Even regular companies that do some plus-size clothing as well as their straight sizes, like Threadless and ThinkGeek cut out before a standard plus-size range. Don’t get me started on department stores that only go to Size 22 or 24 in most of their labels either. Department stores! The very stores that are supposed to cater to everyone!
Sadly, even two of my favourite online stores, who offer some plus-sized pieces, have further limited the upper sizes – We Love Colors and Sick for Cute.
There seems to be this perception that if anyone provides clothing in anything over a size 22, that they are “encouraging obesity”, or that we won’t buy them, because we’re not interested in style, or fashion, or shopping… instead we would rather comfort and cheap prices. Which is utter bullshit. Firstly, how can you “encourage obesity” when every aspect of society hates on fat bodies to the point that one cannot shop, or walk down the street, or open a magazine, or read a newspaper article, or many other things without seeing fatness pilloried, vilified and desperate calls to eradicate/cure us as though we are a disease or a plague? And secondly, the reason we do not spend money on fashionable, stylish clothing is because there fucking is none! Or what little there is often doesn’t fit us properly, is made of shitty cheap fabrics and constructed poorly so that it falls apart after only a couple of wears!
The other one I’ve heard from retailers is “But we can’t find manufacturers to make it!” But then you go to the manufacturing companies and ask them, and they say “But the retailers won’t stock them!” The blame game just keeps getting thrown around like a hot potato on to the next guy. It’s just bullshit – you only have to see how quickly the upper sizes are snapped up on those brands that DO cater to them to know that the customers want them, and will pay good money for them. Every time I go to an online sale for any of the companies who do – Yours, Evans, Autograph, No Exceptions etc… the upper sizes are gone.
Major kudos to those companies who do, the manufacturers and labels and retailers who aren’t afraid to cater towards the full standard range of plus-sizes (which in Australia is currently 14-26) and even more kudos to those who go beyond this range to even larger sizes. Yours, Evans and No Exceptions are three companies who go up to at least a size 32 in many of their garments.
Now it’s no use complaining about this without doing something about it. So what are we going to do about it, fabulous super fatties? Well, to start with, I have put together a Facebook group called Super Sizes. Because Facebook, love it or hate it, is one place where we can spread the word VERY quickly. I also need to know how many of you there are out there. When we work together, our voices get stronger. The more of us that are visible to the plus-size clothing companies out there, the more they are likely to listen to us.
Now I’ve chosen Super Sizes as the title because I want to gather in those folks who have not yet found fat acceptance, as well as we fab fatties. And well… we’re Super Sized!
As size 22 Australian seems to be the most common cut off point, that is what I’m focusing on here – the sizes from 22 and upwards. That’s about a 2x or size 20US, or a size 20UK (by the way, sizing conversions are never consistent – it’s so hard to get accurate information about clothing sizes!) From a quick poke around the main plus-size companies I can find, this seems to be about the most common cut off point. We won’t say that sizes smaller than an Australian 22 can’t be involved, but most plus-size clothing companies do cater to these sizes, and I want to REALLY focus on size 24 and beyond, which really miss out on the most brands.
Once I’ve got a group formed, we’ll start working on ideas and strategies to campaign for more fashionable, reasonably priced, reasonable quality options for we super fatties. We will share those companies that do cater to us, talk about how we can make what we have work, and expose those companies who treat us badly, ignore us or give us pathetic excuses.
So I’m calling all of you Super Fatties to put on your capes (sizes 22 and above!) and get ready to make some change in this world!