Friday, 25 September 2015

Dear High Street: An open letter from a fatty

Dear High Street. We need a chat. Pull up a chair, make yourself comfortable.
I know you have been trying your best. Squeezing a few rails of plus sized clothes in each store, making some lines go up to a size 18, even using some models that are curvy in your ad campaigns. Its not that I don’t recognise this and I don’t want to hurt your feelings but quite frankly you are not meeting my needs sweetie. I’m a big girl, I have a huge appetite for all things, and clothes are no exception.
Sure I’m being well looked after by  a few select brands but you see I want more, I want it all. I want well made, beautiful clothes, not made by children in basements and not made of polyester.
That’s right, I want everything you already make, available in my size, yes you heard me right, EVERYTHING!

It’s lovely that you have created capsule lines with quirky names and an extra fiver per item to cater for me but it’s not enough. It doesn’t make me feel special; it makes me feel marginalised and slightly exploited. I want what everybody else has got. Same designs, same fabrics, same price.
Don’t look so shocked you knew this day would come. When the crumbs from your table would no longer be enough, I didn’t get to this size by liking smaller portions.
Don’t look so worried, its actually a win, win. You see a lot of us fatshionistas don’t just have big arses, we have big wallets too and if we feel you are really paying attention to our desires, not just paying lip service but actually delivering you would be amazed at how quickly the jungle drums will pass the news along.
Remember the film Indecent Proposal where Robert Redford offers Demi Moore a million bucks for just one night, well you are Demi baby and we will be putting tenners down your G string quicker than you can say “yes that comes in all the sizes honey”
You will be sleeping on a bed of plus sized pounds
You see dressing fashionably over a size 14 has become something of an art form. We plus sizers study each other relentlessly, its not unheard of for us to approach each other in the street if we see a  curvy queen wearing something particularly fine.
We tweet, we post facebook photos, we dedicate whole blog posts to our finds because sometimes finding sassy fabulous clothes in our sizes feels like Indiana Jones looking for the Arc of the covenant. We hear of their existence but often our searches are fruitless and we forever hold out hope that one day, just one day we too will find that pillar box red Mac that only cost £20 and went up to a size 30.
I wont stop searching until I find that jumper with the pony print on in a size 22-I know it exists I saw it on a blog
For a lot of us larger lasses what we wear isn’t just to keep warm, or a way to loosely follow trends it’s a statement. An in your face, larger than life battle cry that we refuse to sit on the sidelines, covered in the fatties equivalent of a modesty sheet (the leggings and tunic combo)
You have made assumptions about us for too long. Think we wouldn’t possibly want to wear wet look snakeskin jeans, think again. Think that fitted body con would have us running screaming, oh how wrong you are.
Stop trying to pigeonhole us, we often all wear similar clothes because they are the only things we can get hold of in our size.The time and effort it takes to track down unusual exciting clothes in bigger sizes is a masterclass in determination. We never give up, we are always on the lookout. we shall not go quietly into the lycra stretch night.
You have underestimated our thirst for fashion for too long.Its time for change. I believe that you can do it. I'm counting on you and frankly I'm a little disappointed that Ive had to call you in here after all your promises to deliver.
Now be a love and pop off and get it sorted, close your door on the way out ta.


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