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Old 09-08-2013, 11:09 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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You can buy clothing if you are overweight; you just can't buy designer clothing.
Or things remotely in style. Or professional and work appropriate (and flattering).

At the end of the day, the average american does not care about high fashion. But staples and a modicum of the latests trends should be available to everyone at any size. And options that are not polyester.
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Old 09-08-2013, 11:27 PM
 
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There is a difference between true fashion and plus size clothing. A lot of what the designers put out there simply doesn't translate into fat people sizes. The rule is: if you are fat, wrap it up. Go to Jenny Craig until you get right. But don't wear trends meant for thin people. You will look like an idiot.
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Old 09-09-2013, 01:01 AM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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There is a difference between true fashion and plus size clothing. A lot of what the designers put out there simply doesn't translate into fat people sizes. The rule is: if you are fat, wrap it up. Go to Jenny Craig until you get right. But don't wear trends meant for thin people. You will look like an idiot.
99% of what is in stores isn't "true fashion." And 90% of "true fashion" looks crazy on normal people.

But you shouldn't be deprived of the color or shape of the season. Everyone can wear cobalt blue, or the military trend, or ankle pants or whatever other "new" thing is in this season.
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Old 09-09-2013, 08:12 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I always seem to have a hard time finding brands that make short sizes, or they are way too expensive. I do have a pair of Ann Taylor's that fit pretty well, but even they are a tad long. Now that I have lost weight and am almost where I want to be, I may suck it up and spend the money.
We have no trouble finding them at the thrift store...any time I take my daughter, she finds at least ten pairs of jeans that she just can't live without (teenagers! ) but I make her pick one or two.
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Old 09-09-2013, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Hampton Roads
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I am a size 16-size 18. I have a strange body, like most women. I have a 38K bust in European styles, so if I want a bra that fits me I must purchase it online. There is one store here, which I am lucky to have in my area that will carry my size, but I'll be paying $85 per bra. I have a relatively narrow waist (32in) and wide hips, so all of my pants must be taken in at the waist in order to fit my hips. From what I've heard for plus sized women, it is hard because we all distribue our weight so differently. mine will go to my chest, butt, or thighs first....

I don't think I have a problem finding things, because I know where to go and know what brands I like.

I hate shirt shopping. Because of my chest, regular sized shirts look short on me..... If I can find something long, i will purchase it!
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Old 09-09-2013, 09:52 AM
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We have no trouble finding them at the thrift store...any time I take my daughter, she finds at least ten pairs of jeans that she just can't live without (teenagers! ) but I make her pick one or two.
Yeah, I actually got my pair of Ann Taylor's at Goodwill. LOL The last time I went, I got three or four pairs that all fit. I'd never have that kind of luck in a regular store.
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Old 09-09-2013, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Annandale, VA
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Perhaps but you still need cute, flattering and appropriate clothing.


On an autocorrecting iDevice.

The major fashion houses (Dior, Chanel, etc.) don't care about anyone outside their target demographic.
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Old 09-09-2013, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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The major fashion houses (Dior, Chanel, etc.) don't care about anyone outside their target demographic.
They are "small potatoes" for volume. Their designs have no impact on the average person.
Mainstream stores, should cater to mainstream audience. The average Joe goes to Gap, Old Navy, Banana REpublic, Ann Taylor, J. Crew, Abercrappy or other stores at the mall (or etailers)
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Old 09-11-2013, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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I have a friend who's a bigger woman, and she says the problem with plus-sized clothes is that (like with everything) big women are all built differently. but the retailers don't want to have to carry different clothes for the woman with the big bust, who's built differently from the woman with the big belly, who's built differently from the woman who carries her weight in the hips/butt. So their go-to shape is "tent," which fits everyone poorly.
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Old 09-11-2013, 10:30 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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Well as a tall woman (5'9"), it is nearly impossible to find pants with long inseams, so I sympathize there.

I'm a size 6 so, I can't say whether or not I've noticed a lack of sizes larger than a 12.
A lot of 'hip' mall stores (like J. Crew and Abercrombie and Fitch) don't stock sizes larger than 12-14 in-store. A lot of high-end brands like Kate Spade don't go above size 12.

The plus-size market is seriously untapped and plus-size clothes are HIDEOUS; I used to be overweight and have endured the burning humiliation of shopping at Lane Bryant. It is awful.
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