Spent yesterday afternoon in downtown Philly with my bestie/twin sister Sheila doing one of our favorite activities: shopping. While I did not find anything to buy, Sheila on the other hand was more fortunate with the buy of life a long black Calvin Klein jumpsuit on sale at Burlington Coat factory(more on the jumpsuit in another size matters post). And while yesterdays shopping trip was overall a good one, there were a couple of things that dampened the experience. As a person of size I am always fully aware that any store that I may go in to may not have clothes in my size, or if they do, it may be in a less desirable section of the store. This is only one of many things that one will encounter shopping while fat. Yet I still get disappointed when I go in to a store and do not see anything in my size. I still get frustrated at having to go clear across a store to get to the plus size or women’s section only to see clothes that look cheap, boring and unattractive. Or if the clothes are attractive, the location of the section makes the clothes less appealing. Another shopping while fat fact that I have encountered is that if I do find clothes in my size that I like, I will have to pay more for my clothes than my thinner counterparts. Nothing brought this home more than when Sheila and I went to Century 21, the discount designer store located in the Gallery Mall. While waiting for Sheila to finish trying on clothes, I decided to take a look around their plus size section. I saw quite a few things that I liked from Mynt 1792, Marina Rinaldi and Vincent Camuto. One particular item that caught my eye was this red with black lace overlay dress from Anne Klein. Since I am always on the lookout for appropriate work clothes that are reasonably priced, this dress was a steal at $69.99. Or so I thought. Not more than a few feet a way was the same dress in a straight size for 25% off. I don’t know about anyone else, but I was offended at the notion that because I was a double-digit size, I would have to pay more for the same dress that my thinner counterpart can get at a discount.
Even though my photography skills leave a lot to be desired and I was not able to do a side by side comparison, as you can see from the pictures that both dresses are the same but priced differently. I would like to say that this situation is unique, but I can not. Unfortunately this happens much too often. It seems like retailers want to punish plus size consumers for being fat. Or they are oblivious to their pricing that leaves a sour taste in the mouth of plus size consumers.
As disappointing as that may be, I do have faith that things are getting better for plus size consumers with more retailers introducing plus size lines in their stores and new plus size clothing labels and stores popping up.
I know that I am not alone in experiencing shopping while fat, so tell me your experiences in the comments below and on Facebook: facebook.com/plushclosets and twitter:@MyPlushCloset.
Until Next Time,