Seriously, they are. I’m not saying that I think I should get to wear every possible trend out there. I (think anyway) understand my body, its shape, and what is flattering. But omg, just because I need a bigger size does not mean style should go straight out the window! I have been an Old Navy/Target girl forever. But sometimes they really piss me off. How is it possible that they can make cute clothes and they can make plus-size clothes but they can’t make cute plus-size clothes?
Example: Old Navy has some alright jean shorts available online in their plus-size section right now. (Yes, I want to rock jorts in Summer 2011. I know, I know, I never thought I’d see the day.) The problem is they are in a super light wash. First of all, I think dark washes are cuter and more happenin’ in general and second, a girl with an ass this size has no business rocking anything lightly colored on the lower half! Dark jeans are far more slimming and look better overall. Why can’t they make the same shorts in a darker color?!
And Target’s plus-size shorts collection is equally bad. I realize that there are other resources for plus-size clothing, but I feel like Target and Old Navy are the most reasonably priced and easily accessible options. Is it really too much to ask for a plus-size short that looks like these:
Apparently because I am plus-sized I am supposed to wear dated colors/washes and camo capris. (Only the plus-size gals get to rock the ON camo pants — they don’t come in 0-16. Try not to die of jealousy.) I’m not asking for stores/designers to produce their full collections in plus-size versions. I’m sure that is would not be a good business move — hell, I wouldn’t wear a lot of trendy stuff for the sole reason that it isn’t figure flattering on a plus-size lady such as myself. But come on, you can’t give me a couple good-looking basics? I just want one decent looking pair of shorts for the summer so I don’t have to wear the super scary larry pair I wore all last summer out of desperation.
I guess not being able to walk into a store and always buy off the rack is part of the burden of being over weight. I am not a standard size and therefore am not allowed to dress as coolly as my slimmer peers. I’m not looking to replicate the likes of Carrie Bradshaw or Serena Van der Woodsen. I just want one decent pair of shorts.
What makes shopping frustrating for you? Height? Broad Shoulders? Small Chest? Waist-Hip Ratio? Selection in your size?
DISCLAIMER: I realize that wearing a size 6 does not magically turn shopping into this magical occasion during which every article of clothing you try on fits perfectly. I know that no one is perfect, all of our bodies are different and finding a good fit is difficult for everyone for a variety of reasons.
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