Dear plus-size fashion designers,
My name is Kristyn, and I have a few things I need to get off my (well-endowed) chest.
I guess I should start by saying thank you for even bothering to design clothes for me. I know there are a lot of people in your line of work who have no interest in doing that—a fact that blows my mind, considering how willing I am to fork over lots of cash for nice clothing—so I appreciate you for being around. When you think about it, it’s kind of weird that I feel I should be grateful to you just for existing—grateful that there are places I can go to help me perform so basic a task as dressing myself—but the clothing options for big girls are so few and far between that I can’t help but feel lucky to have you. So I’ll say it again: thank you.
However, there are so many problems with the clothing available to fat women that I feel compelled to speak up about them. Fortunately, none of the problems are insurmountable, except maybe the prices you charge (can they go down? Even just a little bit? I know I said I’m willing to spend a lot of money on clothes, and really, I am, but some of you are trying to sell me basic black t-shirts for, like, $60. Even you will agree that’s a little outrageous, no?)
In the interest of clarity and brevity, I’m going to present the problems in list form. I don’t want to appoint myself the voice of all plus-size women, but I feel like most of the items on my list are frustrations shared by the majority of big girls who love fashion. Considering how high our numbers are, I think it might be worth your while to read on.
1. Our thighs rub together—a lot. Can you put some extra-strong material in the thighs of of our jeans?
Honestly, there is nothing more frustrating than finding a great pair of jeans only to run a hole right through them in a matter of months.
2. We’re not afraid of horizontal stripes. You shouldn’t be either.
Sometimes a big girl just wants to rock a nautical-themed outfit, and she’s going to need a cute navy and white striped shirt to do that.
3. We’re also not afraid of big, bold patterns.
Fat girls are bold fashionistas too, guys.
4. We love trends, but please consider our body shapes before you go haphazardly slapping trendy features onto our clothing.
Take mesh, for example. I love mesh on my shoulders or upper torso. Across my lower stomach? Not so much.
For some reason, designers think all fat girls want to wear cover-ups and black one-pieces to the beach. Not so, my friends. Not so.
6. A lot of big girls wear Spanx under their dresses to keep chub rub at bay. Please remember this when you’re designing dresses and skirts for us.
I love a short skirt as much as the next girl, but unless it’s skin tight, it needs to be long enough to hide my Spanx. Anything flouncy requires a bit of extra length, please.
7. We don’t want to wear shirts that say “Sexy Angel”.
We also don’t want to wear shirts that say “Miss Thang”, or “Hottie”, or “Sugar n’ Spice”. Why do so many plus-size labels try to force these on us?
8. We have wide calves and we cannot lie, so we’re going to need boots that can accommodate them.
Give us an extra inch or two in the calf section, please.
9. Why are the armpits on our sleeveless shirts so massive?
Yes, our upper arms are big, but they aren’t the same circumference as our heads. I’m sick of having to wear a bandeau underneath every single sleeveless shirt I own just to make sure I don’t flash a ton of side-bra (or worse yet, side-boob).
10. And finally, a lot of us love to show off our bodies. Please don’t force us all to dress in tents.
Here’s to the future of fat girl fashion!
A fat, frustrated, fashionable (and optimistic) woman