When I worked in a surf clothing store in my late teens we would always sell out of sizes 8-12 but anything larger always ended up on the sale rack and was really hard to shift.
I remember a few relatives of mine having a similar conversation complaining that the company I worked for didn't didn't make bigger sizes and while I agree.. and can certainly feel their frustration I also recognise that the larger sizes we did stock never sold anyway so Im not sure it was really financially viable for the manufacturers anyway.
I agree that instead of trying to cater for all sizes 6-20, companies should try releasing some nice designs that flatter fuller figures as well (same fabrics etc). I know surf companies have started making clothes for bigger fella's but they still don't really cater for bigger women.
We all have our own issues with shopping though... Im a size 8 so find that most shops cater for my size however I have absolutely no hips or bust and find I am quite limited in buying dresses that are aimed more at teenagers or early 20's rather then my age group because they "fit" better. Clothes from some stores I'd like to buy from often have "inbuilt hips" which makes me look like a butterfly.. or are saggy around the breast area.
you can't win...
At my standard weight range I'm an average 12 (eg in Target's standard range) which makes me a 10 at somewhere like Katie's and a 14 somewhere like Ojay (and too big for Witchery and a few others). I am tall so I am sort of like an up-sized 8-10 that they do the fit modelling on. I would always love outlet shopping as I could get the 'small' brand's 14s by the bucket load. Most of my friends who were shorter than me and technically the same size couldn't have worn clothes cut that way though.
I don't think that all shops should offer plus sized clothing but I do think that they should at least offer clothes in the sizes the majority of Aus women fall into (I think a size 12-14?). A friend of mine just told me that she has gone up a size since her pregnancy and she now can't shop at her usual places because they don't offer her new size (she is not large at all! Just normal!).
Although, I don't know anyone that doesn't have some sort of problem with clothes shopping. I am anywhere between a 6 and a 10 depending on the brand which is ridiculous!! I don't often have trouble with tops, and jeans fitting properly in the waist, but trying to find a dress or skirt or that fits me properly is a nightmare. Often they are way too long (I'm a shortie), or baggy around shoulders (bra shopping is also a nightmare) but I can't go down a size because it won't fit my waist or bust. I always have to get everything shortened and the shoulders fixed on dresses, and with some clothes this compromises the look of it. Luckily MIL is a dressmaker so I can at least get things fixed up for free!
Well I just went bridesmaid dress shopping in Brisbane. One place stocked sizes 10-18 mostly (I'm a 14) so I tried on heaps of dresses and styles. Another place only stocked US sizes 0&2 for trying on. Couldn't even get the dresses over my shoulders. It was freaking hilarious for the bride watching us squirm. I asked for a size 12-14 Australian and they said they didn't stock them in store as and more expensive to order.
Tip: Best size 14 jeans ive found are highrise ones at cotton on. So worth it.
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Last edited by MummaCat; 29-06-2014 at 20:07.
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