When I first started this weight loss journey a good friend and I were having coffee. And she sat across from with admiration in her eyes and says, “so what’s your goal?” And I sat back, and took a minute and answered honestly. “I haven’t really thought about it, I firmly stated. I don’t have a specific number I would like to see in the scale. I guess if I had to choose one, I would say I want to be able to walk into any clothing store and not have to head straight to the Plus Size Department”
You see shopping when you’re considered “Plus Size” is not a pleasant experience. No one feels confident in themself when having to buy the biggest size the store carries. The plus size section of stores like Target, Kohl’s and even Forever 21 are a quarter of the size as the “regular” women’s department. If you ever want to find the plus size section in just about any store, you’ll find it tucked away in the far back corner. All of these stores carry a wide range of clothing on their website but not in their stores. I am assuming to keep certain cliental out of their brick and mortar stores to convey a certain image. Victoria Secrets is famous for this. First of all, their bras are sized incorrectly and second of all of course they carried my bra size online, but never stocked in stores. I finally gave up trying to shop anywhere but Torrid. I would easy drop $200 on 2 pairs of pants and 2 shirts because the hassle of scouring multiple stores to try to find something that fits and looks good became too emotional. I also decided to avoid those brick and mortar stores that refuse to carry plus sizes.
The other problem is most plus size brands are not trendy, hip and current. All of a sudden if you wear XXL, it must be made out of the most hideous fabric, and look like something my grandmother would wear. The cuts are frumpy and made out of cheap material, yet the price is tripled. Designers are assuming that because you are considered plus size that you want to be completely covered up. The sizing from one store to the next is pretty inconsistent as well. I have pants ranging from a 14 to a 20, and they all fit the same. So ever shopping trip requires a stop at the dressing room.
I wish I had a long list of places for plus size women to shop, but I don’t. Torrid has been my go to place for years. So my goal with my Keto journey is to be able to shop just about anywhere, and its happened. But I won’t stop speaking out for all my plus size friends. Because, we deserve it.