Because we're "fat" or "plus - sized"?!??!
Let me explain. I'm not just ranting, I promise. Something absolutely glorious and stupendous happened this past Saturday after work: I walking into Macy's and for the first time in FOURTEEN YEARS purchased an article on clothing from the "regular sizes" department!!! Now granted, they are leggings...but they were a freaking MEDIUM! Regular ladies medium. It should be known though that I chose Macy's that I knew if I really didn't need a regular ladies large like I thought I needed, I knew there was a Plus Sized section that I could go to in the store. At the moment, there are a total of 4 stores in Boston proper where I can buy plus sized clothing: Macy's, Marhsall's, Lord and Taylor (where I REFUSE to shop - another story for another time) and Saks Fifth Avenue. There used to be five...Filene's Basement when it was still in business and I would have VERY good luck there. I was so sad to see it close its doors.
But be still my beating heart!!!!! A Nordstrom Rack was opening in the very same location. I love Nordstrom! It's my very favorite of all the large department stores and I have had good luck at more than one Nordstrom Rack finding clothing in my size. I had high hopes!!! Until today.... Nordstrom Rack had a bit of a preview. I was reading on twitter about it from several bloggers... but here's what made me stop: Tashia of Hips and Hangers mentioned that there were no plus sizes to be found. What the F$CK!!??!!??!! Only four places in Boston to shop! There is a reason why my entire closed is pretty much Old Navy. You know, come to think of it I have no REALLY nice clothes. My husband - who really doesn't like clothes - has some nicer clothes than me! This is all funny because I REALLY F*CKING LOVE FASHION!
I've realized as I'm typing that this past is going to be MASSIVE POST! (And I'm wicked sleepy!) I'll give you one main reason why NOT stocking plus size clothing is just about the DUMBEST idea ever, and then cover the rest in Part 2.
Lets took it from a pure profit standpoint. There's an obesity epidemic in American, and we need to be clothed. That epidemic, sadly, is growing....and we need to be clothed. Retailers should/could be cashing in. "Fashion" just doesn't fit most of America. Do we deserve to just walk around in burlap sacks? You're not skinny, so therefor you can't have nice things? This is what my subconscious hears. I know my subconscious it a little kooky, but if mine is hearing it...there's a damned good chance that someone else's is. Upon hearing that I can't have nice things...well, that makes me depressed. Know what I like to do when I'm depressed? Eat and eat a lot. ||: More fat, less nice things, depressed, eat :|| What a cycle! My idea for part 2 is to talk about what a devastating affect this can have. You know...cause I'm all sunshine, moonbeams and sh!t! Until then (which may be awhile, because I have a friend coming to stay for a few days starting tomorrow), sweet dreams y'all