Back on March 11th, on my drive either to or from school (it has all blurred together), NPR’s Marketplace report ran a story about how ‘plus-size’ retail has become a growing trend and how professional clothing is still hard to find. With Vogue Curvy and other magazines showing ‘plus-size’ models on their pages and even noting that they are hiring ‘plus-size’ columnists. The latter I am assuming are probably a few fat bloggers I read.
But this story left me annoyed and slightly bitter about the reasoning that one of commentators gave for why retailers leave fat people in the dark. They gave their normal answers like designers not wanting to see their clothes on fat people or larger sizes don’t look good on the rack. This was their main answer,
Which means shoppers who wear much bigger sizes are still a small group. And that group is divided into even smaller groups, because different women want different clothes. Some, like Deb Holland want professional clothes. But others want sun dresses, or maybe jeans. Riley says, for big retailers, selling to those narrow markets doesn’t make economic sense.
There might have been a small amount of rage building up when I read this person’s reasoning for why they don’t have clothing for different sizes. While I don’t have the statistics for how many women fall below the size 14 dress size that makes up the ‘straight’ size category I would ask why are thin women allowed to want different kinds of clothing and fat women are not?
I’m pretty sure all of the thin people I have met want different kinds of clothing. I know for a fact that not all thin women want professional clothing or sun dresses. But the fact that they made it seem like asking for jeans is this crazy notion really pissed me off.
Listen/read for yourself here, the story starts at 12 minutes.