Sunday, 29 March 2015

5 Fat Fashion Failures

Plus size clothing is getting better right? Well yes and no. 
Sure it fantastic that there is more choice than ever before and that you no longer have to re mortgage your house to buy a pair of jeans over a size 16  but all is not perfect in fatty fashionland. Here are my top fat fashion failures.




I got ninety nine problems but Polyester aint one



Until recent times the most common use of polyester was making bottles for fizzy pop. I would hazard a guess that since the explosion in the plus size clothing market, garment creation is catching up because man so much stuff in my size is in polyester. 
As time goes by my dislike of this fabric grows. Its sweaty, its got a nasty shiny texture and quite honesty I'm always afraid to stand near any naked flames for fear of going up like a Roman candle. Hey here is an idea, lets throw some cottons and silks in the mix or maybe even just keep the poly count to oh I don't know less than 100%

Belt Up

So here's the thing. When I buy my size 20 dress guess what size I need my belt to be in? Any guesses? yep that's right-the same. 
The amount of times I have brought outfits featuring jaunty belts and they are obviously at least two sizes too small and work better as a trendy bracelet. Grrrr

Pointless Peplums

I quite like a peplum. On certain tops and dresses it adds a 1980's je ne sais quoi and is a great way to give the illusion of an hour glass figure if like me you are more Ursula the sea witch than Jessica Rabbit in the figure stakes. But for the love of all things holy they don't need to be added to everything. 
The plus size clothing industry always do this, it happened with the "Illusion dress" one minute it was a cool quirky design the next you couldn't leave the house without tripping over a dress with a different coloured centre panel. 
The regular size fashion industry doesn't churn out the same shapes season after season and neither should ours. So dear plus size fashion designers the next time a peplum is being considered ask yourself, does this garment need it? does it look perfectly fine without one? if the answer is yes take that extra frill of material and makes a comical ruff for your dog instead.

Size Trials

Guys can we just decide what constitutes each size and all just get along?
 I do a lot of my clothing shopping online and sure I know I should measure but I am often buying clothes on my phone in a queue for a sandwich or sneakily at a work meeting so whipping out a tape measure isn't always practical.
 So when stuff arrives and it wont fit over my head or has so much extra fabric in I could comfortably house a grumble of pugs in the excess its beyond annoying.
Duel sizing is also a tricky beast. It makes my brain hurt. Its like throwing down all your money on red. Its such a gamble especially when ordering online. Do I go conservative and go for the upper size? or will I end up being swamped in fabric? So please fair people of fat clothing land I beg you, reach an industry agreed standard on all clothes sizes and stick to them.
I don't need vanity sizing, I just need clothes that are uniformly a certain size.I hate looking the same as everyone else but in this instance I'm happy to follow the herd if that herd will stop me having to constantly queue at the post office to return things.

Plus Size Ranges That aren't really Plus size



There is nothing crueller (well except world hunger and child poverty perhaps) than a brand banging the drum about their exciting new plus size range, leaking pictures pre launch, sending out glossy look books only for it to be revealed that it only goes up to a size 22. That sound? its the sound of gloriously full figured babes all over the land crying because none of it comes in their size. Its the double insult"yes its plus size but er not as plus size as you" I run a tiny tee shirt company which has a commitment to not using materials that are the result of poor working practices or child labour so to that end I buy everything from the UK and guess what, I can still offer up to a size 5XL with little to no effect on margins. My point? it can be done. Retailers take note. 
My bloglovin feed is full of posts from sassy plussies creating lists of "what they would have brought" had it been available over a size 22. Its insane.If you build it, they will come.

So they are my top five fat fashion failures-what are yours?



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27 comments:

  1. Nods like a Churchill dog, yep, yes, YES. Hell yes. All of these, every goddamn one. TWICE

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  2. I like a little masculine edge to my clothes but when go out in his tops/shirts I get more compliments than when I wear my own. Why is that? My other pet peeve is cost. Surely an extra few inches of material doesn't cost THAT much?
    Rant over. Great blog as always x

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    1. the massive price difference in plus size clothes really irritates me too.

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  3. Definitely agree about polyester. I am warm most of the time as it is, without adding extra unbreathable fabric layers! I'd add the obsession with adding a jaunty logo or sparkles to Every Single Tshirt. I like logo tshirts. But I'd also like to be able to buy a simple striped top that doesn't have added Stuff on it!

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    1. yes I agree that a few less sparkles and logos would be a truly wonderful thing.

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  4. Definitely agree about polyester. I am warm most of the time as it is, without adding extra unbreathable fabric layers! I'd add the obsession with adding a jaunty logo or sparkles to Every Single Tshirt. I like logo tshirts. But I'd also like to be able to buy a simple striped top that doesn't have added Stuff on it!

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  5. Sparkles! Why do so any plus sized clothes have sparkly bits? I do not want. Great post.

    www.somethinginthewayshemoves.wordpress.com

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    1. I know, its sparkle overload isnt it.

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  6. Cold shoulders why do retailers think we want cold shoulder dresses tops no I want warm shoulders! Butterfly prints, too much diamanté, lack of good plain t-shirts. T-shirts with stupid slogans I like slogan tees but the PS ones are mainly awful! A decent breton top would also be appreciated!!!
    Also grumble of pugs- really made me smile!! x

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    1. I hate cold shoulder tops and dresses too-just no!

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  7. Cheap chiffon-look sleeves that itch and may me sweat! They seem to be added to every plus size dress out there at the moment and they drive me insane!

    Also hate the fact that plus-size and tall really don't seem to go together - pussy pelmets and unintentional ankle grazers are the bane of my fashion-life!

    C xx
    http://curvygirlthin.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. yes I hate those chiffon sleeves too-soo itchy.

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  8. So true on polyester - that's one of the reasons I make all my clothes now! I can use silk, cotton, knits, whatever I feel like...
    Jenny
    www.cashmerette.com

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  9. Swirls and rhinestones on everything whyyyy oh whyyy

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    1. I don;t know-I am so sick of embellishment on everything

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  10. Yes yes yes to all, and butterflies too. Plus Oh God double yes to the double sizing. No matter which way I play it, it's always wrong.

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    1. ha ha yes down with all the butteflies

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  11. The belt thing is REALLY annoying! x

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  12. My personal hate is those "plus size" tops that have a huge long back with shorter front!! I want my damn stomach covered my arse is not all that bad!! Get it the other way round if anything... They claim to be flattering and generally are a nice fit apart from only covering half of the rolls on my front and hiding my alright behind! - The belt thing though, I never did understand that!

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  13. Preach. It. Sister.
    And what's with the dazzle pattern shizzle this season? I don't want to look like a WW1 German Naval destroyer.

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  14. There's tall sections in some stores but how about stuff for us shorties petite sizes only go up as far as an 16!! Just want a pair of jeans I don't have to roll up.

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  15. Death to all butterfly print tops! Burn all tops with elastic at the hem while we're at it.

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  16. Oh lord the belt thing!

    Asymetrical hems, diamantes, shapeless tops, and what's the deal with all the damn Tinkerbell motifs?!

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  17. Polyester - preferably with these patterns that look soooo tacky/ frumpy/moomooi and sooo much static electricity - I loath it. And so much pluss size clothes in all price ranges use it. In Norway the amount of pluss size fashion is developing, but some brands that use to be really nice like the Danish brand Zizzi now seems to have fallen in love with these tent-like tunicas in polyester. Elegance does not seem to be for me....

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  18. I am in LOVE with this post and all of the comments! The whole "let's add a peplum to everything" thing is really, really annoying. It's like they find a style or two that "works" and that's all we're allowed to have.
    Thanks for great post!

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