Open Letter to Clothing Designers and Department Stores:
I wanted to take this opportunity today to help you understand who a plus-size woman is.
I’m a plus-sized woman. I play. I work out. I run. I hike. I ski. I swim. I love music. I go to concerts and festivals. I dance. I’m a mom. I spend a lot of time doing whatever my kids are doing. I’m a wife. I go out on dates with my husband. Sometimes I dress up. I’m sexy. I’m a professional. I frequently speak at conferences. I know my shit. I like to look like I know my shit.
I know the perception of plus-sized women is “lazy couch dweller with no self-esteem who rarely leaves the house.” But it simply isn’t true. I’m no different from any woman of any size. My clothing needs as a size 16/18 are no different from the clothing needs of woman who’s a size 10.
I need jeans, slacks, suits, t-shirts (but ease off the printed floral jersey knit please), skirts, dresses, active wear, swim suits, lingerie, and more.
What I don’t need is to see your ad and hope you have that shirt in my size. (Lauren Conrad, you’re my favorite designer. Adjust for the bust, and I swear to you, I will be your best return on investment, ever. Design for all women, please!) And I don’t need to hunt for “my section” in the back of the store. And it isn’t much better if my section is “this half of the store.” And no, referring to my section as “Womens” isn’t empowering. And, to be clear, I don’t need to shop in the maternity department. Unless I’m actually pregnant.
An average rack of clothes includes size 0-14 (XS-XL). Sometimes, 0-18 (XS-XXL). Plus-size fashions are typically 14-24 (XL-3X). Sometimes 14-32 (XL-4X+).
0-14 is a pretty big spread.
Spread it some more.
It’s no different then the adjustments you’re making for my tall and size 0 girlfriends.
If you want to change fashion, and change the way women feel about themselves and clothing, and BONUS, make more money, STOP SEGREGATING PLUS-SIZED SHOPPERS!
Angie, being Angie. A perfectly imperfect woman, daughter, friend, mother, and wife. I’m a lover and a fighter. I’m up, and I’m down. I succeed. I fuck up. (I cuss). I hope people see things here and in my writing they only think to themselves and are inspired to be unashamed of who they are.
Let’s live life… out loud.