Well, I’m so thrilled with the response I have got to + Plus-Size Plus +! I’ve already had 60 people sign up to the page on Facebook in just a few days. On Friday, after seeing some people had already done so, I asked people to post the top 3 things they’d like to see improved in plus-sized clothing retail in Australia. I’ve got some great responses which I’d like to share with you here, and invite you to add any more you might have.
I will condense those together who have asked for the same thing so that we’ll keep this post as concise as possible. I know you’re all very patient with my long posts!
1. Better fabrics. More natural fabrics. Better quality fabrics. Most folks are sick of polyester and it’s cousins nylon and rayon. Thicker fabrics. Especially around knits – some available now are so thin that you can push your finger through them, and they’re so thin they cling to your undergarments or body in just the most irritating way. Fabrics that don’t pill or snag.
2. Options with sleeves. Some folks like baring their arms. Others wish to feel the comfort/warmth of having sleeves. Most plus-sized fashion seems to be either sleeveless or have 3/4 sleeves. How about full length sleeves, or elbow length, or cap sleeves as options. And for the sleeveless tops and dresses – make those armholes the proper size. Not huge gaping holes that expose the bra, ribs and sides of bodies.
3. Colour. Black, navy, white, chocolate and beige are all well and good as “anchor” pieces for an outfit, but how about some colour? ALL colour, not just one or two. Bright colours, pastels, nudes, neons, the works.
4. Palatable prints. Not “jolly fat lady” big florals. Not Nanna prints. Not “let’s camouflage the wobbly bits” big bands of dark colour. Prints that are pretty, striking, fun, iconic, feminine, mod, stylish and so on.
5. Tailoring/shape. No more mu-mus. Clothes with waists, busts, hips, style shaped into them. No more boxy or baggy “hide the body” shapes. But shape that actually fits a body, not random sticky-out bits added for “interest”. When stretch knits are used, they need shape too, so they’re not saggy baggy or so tight that they look forced on.
6. Bust lines that fit large breasts. Straps/bodices that fit a bra that a plus-sized and large breasted woman needs to wear to support her breasts.
7. Accessories that fit and are attractive. Belts made to fit a larger waist. Bangles that go over larger hands, necklaces that are the right length and don’t choke larger necks. Rings that fit larger fingers. Tights, stockings, thigh highs and fishnets that fit larger sizes properly (and aren’t assuming that fat women are amazon tall women).
8. Attractive underwear. Bras that are practical, comfortable AND pretty. Knickers that are cute, pretty, sexy, fun, modern. Fat women don’t all want to wear beige cottontails.
9. For those retailers that are department stores, how about some more floorspace, and some more prominent floorspace. We’re sick of a tiny percentage of the overall clothing space down the back near the fire escape or the elevator or the staff entrance being our zone. How about expanding the amount of stock, the space it’s displayed in (no more stacking it all in sideways so that you have to pull it out to look at it, because fat lady clothes shouldn’t be displayed outwardly like the straight sizes) and the location to somewhere more inclusive.
And the final one for today, the one that I find the most important and that was repeated by several people:
10. The same things that are offered in straight sized ranges. Yep, we want all the variety and the fashion of the straight sizes, just made to fit bigger bodies.
So that’s what some of you have left on the Facebook page as what you want from plus-sized retailers. Can you think of any others? Either leave them in the comments below, or pop on over to the Facebook page.
And may I ask you to please share http://www.facebook.com/PlusSizesPlus with any other plus-sized ladies you know. Collectively we will make a change!