Big Woman - Plus Size Clothes
A Big Person Searching for Large Size Clothes That Look Good and Fit Well
Here is a humorous and somewhat sad overview of a large lady's clothes-shopping experience.
You will also find a comprehensive list of stockists of both quality expensive plus-sized clothes and cheaper plus-sized clothes, and also plus-sized clothes being sold on eBay and Amazon.
Me on a bad day - I'm actually better looking than that
What follows comes from the horse's mouth
I shall tell you about what it's like being fat, and in particular how difficult it is shopping for clothes - It seems to be the story of my life - looking for decent plus-size clothes.
I was a chubby child passing through various stages as a tubby teenager, a large lady, a magnificent mum, fat and forty and lately an overweight oldie.
Even my brain is big, and as for my ego........well!
This is Me, Aged 6, With my Father - On holiday in Ostende, Belgium, just after the War - This Was My First Holiday Abroad
You can see I inherited his genes, and I was chubby, even as a small child.
Fortunately I inherited his intelligence and humor too.
All I can say is that I was destined for great things!
"Mafuta!" That's What admiring Africans called out when they saw me
When I lived in Zambia as a child
There's even a font style called Mafuta - here it is -
"Mafuta is a round, happy font, named for the Zulu word for "fat".
"In tribal societies in Africa, where food was often scarce and almost never easily come by, it was considered desirable to appear "well fed". Roundness was a symbol of high status in the tribe, and a sign of wealth.
The up-beat, bold outline of the font celebrates the confidence of people who feel comfortable being who they are. The font manages to be both contemporary and African."
Below is a Wide Hem DesignTop Shirt - amazingly, it comes in 26 different colors
3 Things You Should Know About Big
- Firstly, It's time to ditch Fatism - a Fatwa on Fatism! - that's what I say!
- Secondly, contrary to what you see in magazines, statistics indicate that there are a lot of us about
- And lastly, we're very cuddly
Have your Say - What do You Think About Clothes Shopping? - I think it's boring at best, depressing at worst -
I'm fed up with misleading adverts for large clothes on standard sized models - what I want to see before I buy something is what someone like me would look like in the advertised clothes. And I'm not talking about a size 16 - I would like to see a model size 24 or more. And on different shapes, from big breasts to wide waists and huge hips, short as well as tall. And fat clothes designed by fat designers..........Yeah, that's what I'd like.
"fashion" with a Small 'f' -
Why do plus-size clothes always get shown on small models?
Playtex Women's 18 Hour Original Comfort Strap Bra #4693
Manufacturers seem to have forgotten we exist
Give us a Break!
It has taken me years to find Online Stores which sell really nice clothes in larger sizes. I can't understand why we are so poorly catered for - when you go into a big department store, if you are lucky you'll find a tiny section labelled 'Plus Sizes' stuck away in a corner and many don't cater for large sizes at all. Why don't all the big fashion houses cater for bigger clothes - Is it some kind of misguided back-to-front sensitivity that their clothes won't be flattered enough if they are adorned by large bodies? Why don't Tescos, Marks and Spencers, and Aldi's, to name but a few, cater for size 24 and above? Don't they realize that if the clothes were there, we'd buy them?
It's so hard to find nice clothes that shopping becomes boring and even downright unpleasant. Who wants to go shopping and end up disappointed? So we don't bother until we really need to, because it isn't fun.
Obviously there are many styles which wouldn't suit people who have large busts, waists or bottoms, but surely it is not beyond the realms of possibility for de
And why do we have to have different and inferior fabrics from that which thin people have? Things which make you feel a pleb, or make you look unfashionable, boring patterns on skirts, mainly in dull colours. I have been looking for a full year to find a pretty summer skirt in an appropriate size and cut and a pattern which I really like in a bright summery colour. I still haven't found anything I feel is worth buying.
As for nightwear, who buys these things?
Stupid baby pictures and silly writing on nightclothes - I for one have never, ever wanted a nightdress with a teddy bear on it saying 'sweet dreams' or some other inane statement. Why can't they be sexy or sophisticated - Janet Reger rather than Walt Disney, grown-up rather than retarded.
Most of the attractive lingerie that you find in the shops for small people would be equally snapped up in the right size by large people
Why do bras for big girls come mainly in black, white or beige and severe heavy duty fabric rather than pretty lace?
And why do most cover-up full size pants (knickers to you Americans) come in boring patterns or plain material? If I want something pretty and lacy, I don't want it in short briefs that hang round my hips, exposing my belly button and all my fat bits - I want something to cover the stretch marks and flibby flobby bits, in some delirious mauve lace stretching right up to my waist, with a mauve matching lacy bra. Can I get it? Rarely. Do the manufacturers think that might make me look too flighty, mutton dressed as lamb and all that? If they had their way, would I be dressed in white bloomers, to distinguish me from flibberty gibbets? It is now possible to buy a few lacy things, but not necessarily the best quality from the most well known lingerie makers. And if you want a set, they all seem to go in for tiny briefs and high legs rather than cover-up briefs. I cannot be alone in wanting pretty but appropriate underwear.
I'm too old to care so deeply these days, but I hope the generation that follows me is going to be better treated.
Links to some Good Plus Size Women's Clothes Stores - These are fashion stores I would use myself
I haven't bought things from all of them, but I have seen their catalogues or websites, or know them by reputation and feel comfortable recommending them.
Lower down the page you'll find stores selling comfortable shoes for wide feet. Their shoes are extra wide-fitting and and will save you having to wear shoes which hurt your feet.
- Shapely Figures - Size 32-56 Lingerie
Nice lingerie, swimsuits and other clothes
- Plus Size Beachwear
This is a HubPages webpage and has some lovely beachwear - I haven't tried it
I get quite a lot of my clothes from them, reasonably priced, which is sometimes reflected in the quality of the fabric. Nonetheless, plenty of variety in styles, lots of low-cut briefs (one of my gripes!), and even wide fitting shoes.
- Beige - Sizes 14 - 30
These are upmarket, fairly pricy clothes. There are three stores in London, each specializing in a slightly different range of sizes. I have visited one of their stores and the plus size clothes are lovely.
- Rushka Murganovic - Base
55 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9DG. Right in the centre of London. An appealing range of upmarket fashions - Designer clothes for larger sizes
Some of the dress materials look dire - very old lady patterns - but there are some nice coats, pullovers and nightwear at the cheaper and cheerful end of the market. I haven't tried them
- Home Shopping Direct
I haven't shopped with them, but the clothes look attractive, at the cheaper end of the market
This cotton and polyester top comes in several colors in plus size up to 3X
Links to Wide-Fitting Shoe Stores - Fed up with trying to squeeze problem feet into shoes which are too narrow?
Me too - I've been doing it for years, but not any more!
Wearing shoes which are too narrow causes a lot of pain and discomfort, and yet most of us do it. As well as actually causing problems by pushing toes out of alignment, squeezing wide feet into shoes which are too narrow also exacerbates pre-existing foot problems.
- Wide Fit Shoes
A shoe store online and in North West London which specializes in wide shoes for women and men, including large sizes as well as extra-wide fittings. They have a one-to-one in-store fitting service, and, on their website, they have a Measuring Page.
- Hotter Shoes
A good range of wide-fitting shoes, including E and EEE. Nice styles to suit a variety of fashion needs, and as I have bought several pairs from them, I can confirm that they are comfortable and of good quality.
BMS Womens 3/4 Sleeve Drape Top with Side Shirring Top Tee Shirt
Links to News and Health Information for Large People
But before we start getting serious, here is something irresistible - a slightly crunchy, sugary, warm jam doughnut - can't you just smell it and taste it?
Reach out and touch it. Run your tongue over that crunchy surface.
There, wasn't that good?
This Jam Doughnut Looks Rather Good, Doesn't it?
- Finding The Woman Within: One Plus Size Gal's Struggle To Not Make Everything About Weight
Clever names don't change the fact that plus sized women are forced to constantly think about their weight and their otherness.
- How 'plus size' models are really skinny girls with padding | Daily Mail Online
Fashion designers and High Street labels often use judicious padding to turn a size 12 model into a size 16 or 18 with curves in all the right places - and no flab in the wrong ones.
- Obesity marketing campaign 'funds to end' - BBC News 7th July 2010
"Change4Life was launched in January 2009 to get people eating better and exercising more to tackle obesity." The government is now aiming to withdraw funding from its public health campaign, health secretary Andrew Lansley says. Thank goodness, say
- The Terrible Things People Say About Your Weight
People do say outrageous things, and this page shows you (us) that we are not alone. I enjoyed reading it
And I've just read an interesting tip:
Curb Your Appetite Painlessly -
Apparently, if you eat a peach before a meal, it can reduce your appetite for up to four hours, because it contains pectin, a type of fibre - fibre helps to slow digestion, thereby keeping food in your stomach for longer. I haven't tried this, but I would clutch at any straw!
I will add more as I come across them (news items, not doughnuts).
More plus-size things to wear - Large Clothes
You don't have to worry about whether the clothes will fit you - just worry about choosing the right outfit, and whether you'll have fun and draw compliments when you wear them
- Supersize Clothing
More useful information