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Old 08-19-2013, 01:35 PM   #31
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Yep...when those catalogs come, i think..."Fat-Chick clothes"...i just do. They mean I have given up...I remember my mom and her muu-muus...she had maybe two very unflattering pantsuits to wear 'out', though she rarely made it as far as the grocery, being agoraphobic. They had to drive about 50 miles south to find a place that catered to her size, 300lbs at 5'1.

Somewhere, i have the horrible picture from my brother's wedding, my toothless dad in his lime-green leisure suit, my mom in her plus-size mint-green camel-toe pantsuit and wig.
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Old 08-19-2013, 01:42 PM   #32
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Yep...when those catalogs come, i think..."Fat-Chick clothes"...i just do. They mean I have given up...I remember my mom and her muu-muus...she had maybe two very unflattering pantsuits to wear 'out', though she rarely made it as far as the grocery, being agoraphobic. They had to drive about 50 miles south to find a place that catered to her size, 300lbs at 5'1.

Somewhere, i have the horrible picture from my brother's wedding, my toothless dad in his lime-green leisure suit, my mom in her plus-size mint-green camel-toe pantsuit and wig.
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Old 08-19-2013, 02:48 PM   #33
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Yep...when those catalogs come, i think..."Fat-Chick clothes"...i just do. They mean I have given up...I remember my mom and her muu-muus...she had maybe two very unflattering pantsuits to wear 'out', though she rarely made it as far as the grocery, being agoraphobic. They had to drive about 50 miles south to find a place that catered to her size, 300lbs at 5'1.

Somewhere, i have the horrible picture from my brother's wedding, my toothless dad in his lime-green leisure suit, my mom in her plus-size mint-green camel-toe pantsuit and wig.
Poor old things.I feel a bit more compassion for my parents now when I look back at how they dressed, and how it mortified me then. You do paint quite the picture though!

ETA: I remember having to go to family functions or important occasions that I couldn't get out of, and the horrible feeling of knowing there was absolutely nothing I could do about the weight. I tried to find the best outfit I could buy, so I would look nice. Never did, if pictures tell a thousand words.

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Old 08-20-2013, 04:53 AM   #34
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I had meant to reply to this topic earlier. I opened a plus size shop about 7 years ago in Ireland, and then got another couple going as well. At my heaviest I was about 29 years old and a UK size 32/34, thats about as big as it gets in plus size in the UK and that was limited to just 1 store, who unfortunately felt that larger ladies should wear nothing more than slightly improved garbage sacks and hide themselves away from the world, until Christmas, when you should apparently feel more inclined to actually look like a Christmas tree, it was desperate.

When I lost the weight myself and moved to Ireland I recognised the plight of plus sized women there all to well, so when I opened the shop I absolutely scoured the planet for manufacturers who were plus size specialist and actually designed clothes to fit rather than simply making the pattern 2 inches bigger for each size, which is what most stores do, hence the long arms low necklines and poor fit generally, where I felt there were gaps in the market I had a manufacturer in China agree to make small quantities of my own label stuff, it was a minefield and I can see why the high street isn't overly willing to get into it.

I think largely many people would agree that shopping isn't fun when you're not looking your best and many women simply want to hide behind black sacks that unfortunately make them look 10 times bigger, persuading them to try something more fitted that actually is a better colour or compliments their shape better is very hard work and there were many many tears in my shops when women finally realised that they did in fact have some good points to highlight, it was an emotionally draining job and gave me great insight into the workings of self confidence and self esteem.

I had 1000's of customers come into the shops over the years and I can honestly say not one woman who came in the door was happy being overweight, I don't buy into the BIB mentality at all. At best it's BIB for now, but I'd prefer to be smaller.

To this day I do not know who shops sell size 32 mini skirts or sleeveless tops to, but they must else they wouldn't stock them....repeatedly.
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Old 08-20-2013, 05:49 AM   #35
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Kudos to you, Emma! That's so admirable that you went to the effort to have clothes made that actually fit plus-sized women. You are a star.

As for plus-sized mini dresses and the like, my co-worker has a favorite saying. "Just because they make sizes in those clothes does not mean you should wear them." I'm not sure just any type of clothing should be made for plus-sized bodies. I have seen too many who really shouldn't have worn them.
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Old 08-20-2013, 11:11 AM   #36
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How wonderful Emma! There needs to be much more thoughtful and insightful marketing of plus sized clothing.

As for the crop top, mini skirt, low-rise jeans issue for plus sizes....AAAAAAHHHHHHH! I cringe when I see young girls, and even middle aged women wearing these clothes with their rolls of fat hanging out all over the place. There seems to be a lot of that here where I live. Maybe it's the hot climate, or it might be some cultural differences in body image. I'm not sure, but it embarrasses me for these women/girls. In a way I'm glad they feel good enough about themselves not to just hide, but I don't think it's a good look. I tend to want to just cover and hide though, so maybe it's just me.

I signed on and cancelled a bunch of email/mail catalogs today for plus sizes. I may need a few more, but I can always go to their websites if I need something. I'm just kind of tired of seeing it all come in the mail all the time.
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Old 08-25-2013, 07:55 AM   #37
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I had meant to reply to this topic earlier. I opened a plus size shop about 7 years ago in Ireland, and then got another couple going as well.
That's great! I would have loved to come to your shop if I were in the area.
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Old 08-26-2013, 06:59 AM   #38
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Lanark, what a wonderful thing you did for so many women! As hard as it is being overweight, it must have been nice for them to have a place to go get some pretty things...and be UNDERSTOOD and appreciated.
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Old 08-29-2013, 01:14 AM   #39
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Totally agree. And, more 3/4 length sleeves please. I would never, ever, never go sleeveless. EEEEEK........I have bingo arms.
My sentiment exactly, for years! However, a month ago I bought a sleeveless top because I couldn't resist the pattern. I wore it this week and felt great, so now I feel I really don't care, I'm going to buy more. I guess one of the privileges of growing older!

Emma, just out of curiosity, where in Ireland?

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Old 09-02-2013, 09:38 AM   #40
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Cindy, I think it's all part of the journey! You're moving forward.

I have clothes, even at this weight, that range from a 12 to a 28! I buy what suits me & fits - I'm getting better at not just buying anything that kind of fits.

I'm heading out to buy some material soon, and heading to the tailors - I can get stuff copied/made here for between 10 and 25 dollars - material can be expensive, but not really!
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