If you’ve read my ‘About Me’ page you know that I am a writer, more specifically a journalist. Hence, I am creating this feature because fairness is foremost, even in fashion!
To be brutally honest, (no offense to anyone who enjoys shopping at these stores) I despise all of the plus size stores in this country: Lane Bryant, Catherines, Avenue, Torrid, etc. The clothing in my opinion is atrocious, wearing a potato sack would probably look better on a curvy body and feel better on our wallets as well. I have never stepped into one of these stores (except a few days ago), but just ran passed the windows in malls, been forced to drive passed billboards and blasted with advertisements while surfing the net.
A few days ago, I held my breath in horror and shame as I contemplated the unthinkable… to enter a Lane Bryant store because of my commitment to fashion fairness. How could I in all good-faith publish my opinion on clothing that I never actually touched, tried on or even looked at up close? As I asked myself this question, although knowing the answer, I took five deep breaths (like I do in Yoga), calmed my nerves and took what I thought were wide, quick steps to enter the store. When I came in I was greeted and of course that boring question was asked of me (to know what I am referring to read ‘About Me’ page)… I did not answer. I was on a mission for fashion and would not stop until I fulfilled it! I felt the walls closing in on me. Dresses hung on hangers with dotted patterns, multi-colored horizontal stripes, flowers with bland colors. White skirts with uneven hems and stars imprinted all over. Light beige pants with vertical stripes that even a camel should not wear. The material on all these items felt so grungy to the touch that it is not even worth mentioning. After all of those eyesores, I reluctantly remembered that my job was not done yet and that I needed to try some of this nasty stuff on. Grabbing a handful I ran to the dressing room. I could hear the rage in the rooms next door. Women shouting “I need another size this looks disgusting,” Why do they make the waist so small and the legs so wide?,” “Can’t they make clothes that look good!,” “I need to get out of here!”. In the middle of all of that, sobs were heard: “what will I wear to the wedding, nothing fits right.” “Why is this material bulging out like that?” “Ahhhhhhh.” I felt utter sadness because I knew exactly what they were feeling because I saw all of those same issues in the reflection staring at me while trying on those repulsive rags!
“Repulsive rags,” the title of my nasty pick of the day, was found while making my way through the madness at that horrid store!
My intent is not too, by any means, offend anyone. If you enjoy shopping at any of the above stores I mentioned, please feel free to do so and understand that this is simply a fashion blogger’s opinion. I do, however, hope that by reading my blog the women in this country, of all curvy sizes, will become more assertive in their style picks by opening their eyes and embracing their hips with the plethora of amazing European designers in the world of voluptuous fashion. Ultimately leading to confident curvy fashionistas!