I know intersectionality is a difficult topic for some people but I think we have to bring this stuff up, we have to talk about it. If we don’t, if we just try to go with the flow of how things are, I think things will go off the rails and we’ll wind up with FA being just another white, middle-class woman’s movement. We’ve got to go about this with some deliberation, you know?

Part of that means having conversations within out community about what we want that community to be like.

So I really do want to hear y’all’s thoughts.

And I also want to talk about tights. I love We Love Colors. I pretty much live in a bunch of ridiculously bright tights from them all “winter” long – I say “winter” because, well, it’s Florida. I know I’m a cold-weather wuss.

But you know what I really really really want? I want fishnets and stripey tights from them in the same size range as the solid color tights. Because the sizes they have don’t match up right now and they’re too small and it makes me gnash my teeth.

Gnashing isn’t good for teeth!

On tumblr this morning I saw the most amazing pair of vertically striped tights with florescent sections – I want We Love Colors to make those in the same size range as their solid color tights. I would BUY THE HELL OUT OF THEM.

I want someone to remember there are fat goths out there with money to spend – give me some silly Victorian/Edwardian fashions in black with lace and pearl buttons everywhere, please.

I want some tissue-weight long-sleeved layering t-shirts like Target had *counts on fingers* four or five years ago.

WHAT DO YOU WANT?


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  1. ChloeMireille
    Posted November 12, 2010 at 12:51 am | Permalink

    For those of you who want tights, but have fit issues with We Love Colors, I highly recommend the OneStopPlus conglomerate. Their tights come in a much better variety of sizes, and even the most limited size range can fit all 62 inches of my ass. They even have patterns and a bigger selection than last year.

    My Fatshion Wishlist

    1. A clearer way to differentiate Junior Plus from Misses Plus. One of my biggest pet peeves from going to Ross was picking up a cute 3X shirt that wouldn’t even go over my head because it was a fecking 18!

    2. Sized hats and wigs at lower price points. Most are only made for a 22-23 inch head. My head is 24 inches, plus I have incredibly dense shoulder-length hair, so I need something much bigger. This also goes for hard headbands.

    3. More women’s rings above a size 10 at lower price points. My mom was 5’9″ and 200lbs at her fattest, and I’m 5’4″ and 300lbs, but we both wear a size 11 on our ring fingers.

    4. I’d like to be able to walk into a store and find bras above a DDD at a lower price point than Lane Bryant. I can go to Walmart and find the occasional G cup in Playtex 18-hour, but I’m a 44 J/K.

    5. I’m on the “More Plus-sized Alternative Clothing” bandwagon. The limited offerings at Hot Topic and Torrid only accommodate the top half of me as I wear a non-existent size 28 in Tripp clothing. I can’t sew, so I can’t alter or DIY. Not to mention, plaid micro-minis and bondage pants aren’t my aesthetic. I may have to open this store my damn self.

    6. Fat people have narrow shoulders too. Most of my shoulder seams are 1 or 2 inches past my actual shoulder.

    7. I want standardized sizing. Actually, I want to enforce the standards that we already have.

    8. I want everything everyone makes to be available in sizes 0-30+. Any specialized stores should focus on accommodating different shapes, not sizes. Imagine a clothing lines designed entirely for small busts or large hips.

    8a. If someone insists on not doing the full 0-30 range, then they must carry at least 10 pant/dress sizes. For example, if a designer wants to start at a 0, then they’re required to carry up to an 18.

    9. I am at the point where shoe shopping is utter hell. I wear a size 11 with a D or E width. Buying 11Ws in store is a crapshoot at best because some are an 11 C and others are an 11 D. Thus there is a 50% chance of any given shoe fitting my feet, assuming they’re available in a wide at all.

    Basically, more widths need to be available in stores and need to use the proper lettering instead of narrow, regular, and wide.

    • Jess(:
      Posted November 12, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

      True that about rings! If fat girls are supposed to “accesorize” when nothing fits us, how the hell can you do that with bracelets that don’t fit over my wrists and funky belts that are too damn small?

  2. Posted November 12, 2010 at 5:03 am | Permalink

    Simple—more shoes in sizes 12-13 wide that don’t look like orthopedic shoes, and end the love affair with tops and sweaters that have the deep V neckline. I’m tired of layering because plus size retailers think all of us have big breasts and we want to show them off. It’s not going to kill them to have a variety of necklines—especially ones that aren’t cut so wide bra straps show all the time!

    • Bridgie
      Posted November 15, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

      Same here with the necklines! I do have big breasts, but also have to go to work – and am not always comfortable with my breasts being the star of the day!!

    • Dame Mel
      Posted November 17, 2010 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

      I’m tired of layering because plus size retailers think all of us have big breasts and we want to show them off.

      This. Amen.

  3. Posted November 12, 2010 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    A few folks have mentioned standardised sizing and I must confess I’m vehemently against it. Think about it. We don’t exactly have a great deal of choice to begin with. If every plus-size manufacturer’s standard size 22 measured the same around the bust, waist and hips than every other plus-size manufacturers did; if there was a standard length for sleeves, a standard width for shoulder seams, a standard size for armholes, etc., then there’d be no hope for those of us who don’t conform to the standard – and that’s most of us, given the proportional anomalies outlined on this thread. Going up or down a size wouldn’t improve the situation any more than it does now. The larger the bodies in question, the more pronounced shape and/or proportional differences become. Far from improving our options, implementing a standard would limit them further.

    The fact plus-size shopping is such a crap-shoot, while often being immensely frustrating, actually works in our favour because it allows for those of us with – say – smaller boobs or narrower shoulders than fat ladies are assumed to have, (proportionately speaking), a chance to find stuff that fits. If I take my hot ‘n’ heavy ongoing relationship with Monsoon as an example: to begin with, they only offer a limited number of garments in my size. Within that garment range, in any given season, some things might fit. Other times, nothing does. Who’s to say if they instigated a standard that the result would be in my favour? It’s the sheer variety of unpredictable sizing and wacko proportions offered by those manufacturers

    • Posted November 12, 2010 at 9:11 am | Permalink

      …oops, hit the button too soon! What I meant to say was…

      It’s the sheer variety of unpredictable sizing and wacko proportions offered by those manufacturers that do cater to our needs that enables us to build a wardrobe with some variety in it.

    • Posted November 12, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

      This is a damn good point. Before I had a baby, M&S jeans fit me best. Now it seems that Evans jeans are better on me. For every shirt that won’t do up round my big breasts, there’s a small-busted fat women thanking all the powers that she’s not swimming in fabric for once.

  4. brandi
    Posted November 12, 2010 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    What I want from fashion is an attractive bra with a band LARGER than 46. It positively infuriates me that Lane Bryant, Avenue and other plus size retailers who make lingerie have the audacity to sell clothes “up to” size 32, but no undergarments to wear under those same clothes. Lane Bryant can sell a woman a wrap dress in size 32, but cannot also sell her an appropriate bra to wear with said wrap dress? As a woman in my early 30′s wearing a size 26, am I only supposed to wear clothes made or older women just because I need a larger band size?

    a. I want my breasts to sit high(er) and be supported with help from an underwire
    b. I don’t want my nipples to show through my clothes, so I need some light padding in the cup
    c. I wear t-shirts and other seamless tops and don’t want visible seams or other frills on my everyday bra

    I mean, come on, it doesn’t even make sense that I CANNOT find a bra matching this description in a 48DD/E.

    (sorry for the rant)

  5. Posted November 12, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    I disagree with BuffPuff on standardized sizing, only because I would really appreciate it if they’d just have “standard” sizing by listing the INCHES (or metric equivalent), not generic sizing. If you list the inches, then we might be able to figure out what will fit us! Get rid of 10/12/14/22/whatever, and instead have 37″, 48″, whatever. I’m tired of guessing. Gimme some numbers!

    I’d also love a greater variety of tights and socks that fit all bodies, without bisecting my middle, and without a huge price tag.

    Shirts that fit me all over, not just in half of the places.

    NO MORE CAP SLEEVES.

    More legit straight leg and bootcut pants, and more comfortable dress pants (with a lowER rise, not low rise and not mid/”normal” rise).

    Sandal-type shoes with closed toes.

    Stylish shoes with bigger heels (bigger around, not taller) and TREAD. I live somewhere with WEATHER.

    but yes.
    Many other things, I’m sure, but these are top of the list.

    • Posted November 12, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

      I completely and utterly agree with you on the sizing BrieCS! It’s already been said that every woman is a different size and width and length so why are they still trying to fit us all in a “size 12/14/18/etc”.

    • Jennifer
      Posted November 29, 2010 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

      Really? I love cap sleeves! Don’t take them all away :)

  6. Lampdevil
    Posted November 12, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    I want goth clothing, too! And add in some steampunk, as well! I’d have been a total goth in high school if I’d had any access to actual gothy-looking things. I’ll settle for the plus-size stores getting in some stuff that can be goth-ly repurposed…

    I want more tights and leggings! Ones that aren’t cheap and rippy, and ones that’ll fit my butt. And ones that have awesome fun patterns on ‘em.

    I want button-up tops that fit my damn gut.

    I want other tops that don’t assume that I have a Rack-O-Doom just because I’m fat. I have a Rack Of Slight Menace, and I look WRONG in so much plus-sized clothing, as a result.

    I want a freakin’ sweater dress that has something resembling sleeves? I’m having the damndest time finding a sweater dress that A) fits and B) will actually keep me warm.

    (Hell, in general, I want women’s fashion to recognize that IT GETS COLD IN WINTER or IT GETS HOT IN SUMMER and SOME PEOPLE HAVE TO WALK A FEW ACTUAL MILES IN YOUR STUPID SHOES, FASHION. So much fashion is simply not PRACTICAL for real people living in the real world doing real shit from day to day. I found me some boots that fit like a dream! ..and they’re agony to walk more than 10 minutes/to the corner store in. T_T)

    I want a leather jacket like that badass one I saw at Urban Planet, but that would never fit me without the outright removal of both my shoulders. :|

    I want that hoodie I saw at Hot Topic, that was teal with bright pink monster spikes on the hood, in a size that actually effin’ fits. WTF, an XL should make some pretense of extra largeness.

    I want more hats for big heads! I have a big head. And poofy hair. Finding a hat that doesn’t look stupid is a challenge.

    I want all the plus size shops that go to 22-24 and above to drop their damn prices, so I can go out shopping with some of my broke rad fatty friends and so we can all go home feeling happy, rather than sad and depressed that we can’t afford to pay 30 dollars for a t-shirt and 70 dollars for boring pants.

    Hell, screwit, I want every piece of cheap-ass shitty disposable clothing that can be bought in straight sizes to also be made available in plus sizes, AT THE SAME PRICE. We fats have a right to fast fashion, too!

  7. lizalou
    Posted November 12, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    I’m pretty much on board with the standardized sizing. It’s so frustrating trying to navigate the differences between manufacturers… especially when you do a lot of ordering online and there are shipping charges involved.

    I want larger bus seats, or a bench-style seat where overlap isn’t so noticeable. Plus, there’s the whole teetering or skewed feeling.

    I want less prints. Ya, I said it. May they be pretty prints when they are there.

    I want a mid-range rise. Not-low rise, not just below the breasts.

    I want larger sized jewelry, chokers that don’t choke, please. And rings for my bigger fingers, my pinky is a size 8.

    I want massage therapists that say “we want fat people!!!” We have just as many aches and pains and are less likely to get anything done about it, I would think.

    I want more fat people on TV, in movies, in commercials. And not the self-hating ones… the proud fuck-you ones.

    I want sturdier and exercise equipment. I had to pay more for my “won’t explode” exercise ball and have you seen that many treadmills are rated to 350 lbs? Just saying.

    I want a miracle fabric to be developed that resists wear in the crotch of my pants where my legs rub together. I want it to be like when I was a kid and the knees wore out first.

    OK, that’s all I got at the moment.

  8. jmdr
    Posted November 12, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    I want:

    1) HIGH QUALITY wide-calf boots
    (I have a pair that I love, but I had to have them custom made. BTW, Boots for Broads is awesome.)

    2) For manufacturers to admit that proportionally large thighs exist.

    Right now, if your thighs correspond to a larger “standard size” than your butt, you’re screwed. You can’t just size up and take them in (the way I pretty much always have to do at the waist). It’s extraordinarily difficult to make pants smaller in the butt without throwing off the curvature. (Saggy butt or permanent wedgie?)

    I googled for “pants for large thighs”, and do you know what I got? A bunch of recommendations to wear spanx under pants. (GRRRR)

    I eventually had pants made to measure, and they were STILL too tight in the leg. And this was AFTER they contacted me to make sure that I hadn’t made a measuring error. (Yes, guys, my thigh really is only 4″ smaller than my waist.)

    3) For manufacturers to admit that bigger in the chest does not always equal taller in the shoulder.

    4) For more web merchants to post the actual measurements of the garment, instead of the measurement of the body they designed it for.

    • jmdr
      Posted November 12, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

      And now that I think of it:

      5) I want a sweater dress that fits in the bum and isn’t enormous on top.

      6) I want a wide selection of hosiery in my size that is:
      a) not control top (or at least doesn’t feel like it)
      b) doesn’t slip down as I wear it
      c) is widely available

      7) White and light-color tops that are actually opaque

      8) A wider variety of cute flats or near-flats that:
      a) have decent arch support
      b) are wide enough for my feet
      c) don’t tip up at the toes (hurts my tendonitis)
      d) are deep enough for my toes
      (I tried on a pair that were less than 1/2″ tall! Whose toes are that flat?)
      e) don’t give me blisters at the pinkie toe or heel (at least not after a reasonable break-in period)

      9) Camisoles (or any tops, really) that fit well in the torso and don’t ride up at the hip when I move.

  9. Posted November 12, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    Shirts that are fitted for larger breasts and tucked in waists that don’t look baggy or ill-fitting so you look schlumpy!

  10. BootyMalicious
    Posted November 12, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    1. Knee-high boots that will fit my huge calves. (gonna check out Boots for Broads)

    2. Thigh-high stockings and socks for my gigantothighs that are attached to my really long legs. I will pay your ridonculous price if you will just make them actually reach my garters! I want cute patterned tights and lace hose too.

    3. A button-up blouse that actually fits. I have narrow shoulders and a very small rib cage, but fairly ample breasts, big arms, and a tummy. I know that’s a lot to allow for, but I’d be happy if we could solve at least 3 fitting issues… I’m not too greedy.

    4. Sexy shoes with a less-than-3″ heel. I tore my ACL last year, and while I CAN again wear srs. high heels, they scare me. I work for a shoe company, and hear all the women here complaining about the crazy heel heights. I want 2″ heels that don’t look like something my granny would wear. Actually, scratch that, she would want sexy and/or cute shoes too.

    5. I’m all for standard sizing, but I’d settle for requiring clothiers to state measurements for their garments online/in catalogs. This would have enabled me to actually wear the hot skirt my love bought me and saved both of us some embarrassment.

    6. More pretty lingerie at reasonable prices please. Unless that thong is woven from gold, there’s not enough fabric differential between my size and a six to justify a $20 increase. Don’t even get me started on bras.

    • BootyMalicious
      Posted November 15, 2010 at 11:40 am | Permalink

      As for intersectionality… I had to think a lot more about how to phrase this.
      In this community, in any community that I am a part of, this is what I want. I want people who could walk in a room full of 100 strangers of varying sizes, shapes, skin, hair and eye colors, genders and sexual preferences and see other people, not collections of adjectives. I at least want people who strive for that.

      • TR
        Posted November 15, 2010 at 11:53 am | Permalink

        The thing about intersectionality is that if you are trying NOT to see people’s differences, you are often acting to erase those identities that matter to a lot of people. I think a more difficult but better goal would be to walk into a room of 100 different strangers and see a 100 people with unique identities – I don’t want my fatness to disappear, for example. I just want it to be a descriptor instead of a moral judgment.

      • Posted November 15, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

        That is really awesome. It really touched me and I’d love to do my part to achieve it.

        Thanks.

    • celeloriel
      Posted November 16, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

      Yes, yes, yes to the thigh highs. I just ordered a whackload from SockDreams and had a horrible horrible experience when the fishnets just flat out didn’t fit. I’m still looking for thigh-highs fishnets that fit a thigh above 25″. (Suggestions GRATEFULLY WELCOMED.)

  11. MK
    Posted November 12, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    I want decent plus-sized maternity clothes. While I can get by in yoga pants and t-shirts (and get into Old Navy XXL maternity in both), because I’m not working, anything nicer is either 1) impossible to find or 2) ridiculously expensive for what it is, especially since it’ll have a finite wearing life.

    And don’t even get me started on nursing wear, especially bras! A good, supportive, not-industrial-looking nursing bra in a 42/44 DD or bigger? FORGET IT. That’s what I want. Because not only do fat women have teh secks, we actually get KNOCKED UP. And then some of us use our giant breasts to feed our babies!

    I really don’t think I’m asking too much here, am I?

    • Posted November 13, 2010 at 10:27 am | Permalink

      Sadly, I think the band size only goes up to 40, but they do have cups up to H — you might check out http://www.hotmilklingerie.com (they make gorgeous maternity/nursing lingerie, and sometimes you can fudge a little with the band size in my experience.)

  12. Jess(:
    Posted November 12, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    I want hot halloween costumes.
    I want knee socks that fit over my calves.
    I want clothes that actually look from this century that I can wear to dances and parties and to school on dress down days.

    AND I DO NOT WANT TO PAY A FUCKING FORTUNE FOR THEM!

  13. Posted November 12, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    I want jeans that are cut for a belly and don’t either give me enormous camel-toe or do that weird baggy thing around the crotch. Pleeeease can I have them?

  14. Georgina
    Posted November 12, 2010 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

    I want boots that fit around my calves and I don’t want to have to have them custom made! I want them to be readily accessible when I go to a store so I can try them on, walk around in them, and decide if I want them then and there.

    I want to not put off traveling home for the holidays because I’m afraid that I’ll be forced to pay for an extra seat when I can barely afford one.

    I want pants that fit that don’t cost so much.

    I want to stop feeling embarrassed when I say I bought something at (insert fatty mcfatty store here).

    I want jewelry that fits my big ass neck that isn’t so expensive because seriously, all manufactures need to do is add a few more links!

    Man, that felt good!

  15. bellacoker
    Posted November 12, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

    I want bands and cultural institutions (I’m looking at you, Smithsonian) to have t-shirts for sizes above an XL. Especially bands!! I know you won’t sell as many of them as the straight sizes, but we will appreciate them like Dang!

    • Theresa
      Posted November 12, 2010 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

      OMG I am so with you on this one. I was at the Smithsonian a couple of weeks ago and felt really sad that none of their t-shirts were bigger than XL. I was thinking of writing them a letter about it, actually.

  16. Jade
    Posted November 12, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    Might I suggest esty for all your fantastical tights/leggings/jeggings needs? They also have plus size clothes and sellers are motivated to actually serve their customers, and are usually pleasant. And accessories. Beautiful, pretty accessories.

  17. Theresa
    Posted November 12, 2010 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    Something that I forgot to mention last night (I hope I can post another comment anyway): I want clothes that are designed for body shapes other than hourglass, and I want to see clothes modeled on models with body shapes other than hourglass. This is of course in addition to clothes designed for and modeled on hourglass-shaped bodies, but I have to say…it’s kind of tough to guess how something will look on my very round apple-to-rectangle-shaped body when everything is modeled on hourglass-shaped bodies. It’s not such a big deal when I can go somewhere and try clothes on, but since much of my shopping takes place online it’s really important to have good product pictures.

    There are other things I would mention too but they have already been mentioned by other commenters…

    • Fiona
      Posted November 16, 2010 at 12:52 am | Permalink

      I hear ya– models are pretty much universally hourglass shaped, and it’d be nice to see some diversity.

      … but as an hourglass-shaped woman myself, I can tell ya that off the rack clothes rarely fit me either. Makes you wonder who they’re making them for…

  18. Wendy
    Posted November 13, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been looking for tights that fit me . . . and have texture.

    I want plus size pants in long / tall sizes. Yes! some tall people have big butts. I know this for a fact.

  19. Posted November 13, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    Tights and pantyhose that actually get wider in the thighs. I hate the feeling of having tights baggy around the ankles but stretched out over the thighs!

    Decent athletic wear, partiularly made of wicking fabric, at reasonable prices. Including ‘Skins’ type of compression garments, which really are awesome for sports. I know Junonia exists but the prices are frighteningly expensive and their shipping to Australia even more so.

    Larger band bras with smaller cups and straps that are closer together! Bra straps always fall off my shoulders no matter what because they are just set so wide! :(

    I want all those stores that sell rockabilly and vintage style dresses to make them bigger than a size 18.

    I WANT eSHAKTI TO SHIP TO AUSTRALIA.

  20. Debbie
    Posted November 13, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    I just had the pleasure of knee high boot shopping…I just want some cool knee high boots to wear with my cute skits that I can zip up over my calves!!! I spen hours shopping and found nothing.:(

  21. Posted November 13, 2010 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    I WANT DRESSES.
    I want a prom or homecoming dress that looks like something I would wear.
    Torrid’s are too revealing and punky, and Nordstrom/Dillards just have stuff for old women.
    And I want skirts that look decent – do stores think fat girls have a problem with knees or something? because the amount of just-below-the-knee dresses I’ve seen for teens is actually disturbing. And the other extreme – underwear-length dresses, Torrid? really? I would wear that?

    I want teen clothing in plus size because I am FAT but I still want to wear the clothes my friends have. And I want those clothes to be high quality so I don’t need to buy new jeans every season because the crotch wears out.

    I want Lane Bryant’s leggings to stop being so WEIRDLY without a waist and I want tights and leggings that don’t fall down so I have to keep awkwardly hiking them up.

    I don’t need standardized sizing, but I want each store to stay CONSISTENT; I went to Faith21 today and a 1x in one dress fit me when a 3x in other dresses was way too small.

    I want Victoria’s Secret in plus sizes so that I can shop there with my friends.

    I never want to see another awkwardly screenprinted tshirt with glue-on rhinestone thingies again.

    I want rings in my size and necklaces with extensions.

    I want normal sleeves, goddamnit.

    I am a plus-size, upper-middle-class, white, teenage girl, with C-cup breasts, who lives within driving distance of 3 malls and follows fashion blogs, enjoys fast fashion, and will take chances with gothic, scene, or “hipster” clothing. I AM the demographic. But I buy almost nothing at the stores I want to shop at because they aren’t catering to me. This. is. a. problem.

    I want stores and brands to cater to me.

    • alison
      Posted November 17, 2010 at 12:07 am | Permalink

      Wow – this!

      Although I’m a little older, I completely agree with your wants!

      I want Victoria’s Secret in a 44B – that’s right, I don’t have huge boobs even though I’m fat! But I still want to shop with my friends.

      I want AdditionElle, MXM and Pennington’s (Canadian plus chains) to do away with any and all Ed Hardy-style tattoo-print clothing. Get. Away. Now. No one wants a rhinestone tshirt that says “live forever.”

      I want tights made of cotton that fit my butt! I’m sick of having shiny legs due to the stretched out nylon tights – I want matte colours!

      I want skirts that are knee length to mini – in a variety of colours with frills, pleating and details. A brocade skirt? Sure, I could sew it, but WHY WON’T YOU MAKE IT SO THAT I’LL BUY IT FROM YOU, Mr. Retailer?

      I want H&M to offer a larger range of sizes on their main line – the H&M BiB line from Europe doesn’t cut it. I want that Garden Collection of organic clothes in my size and at the same price!

      I want American plus size retailers to ship to Canada! We want your merchandise – we’ve got tha moneys!!

      I want calf-high leather boots that fit my large legs (not just my wide feet!) for under $150. And I want to try them on in an actual store, so that I can have some choice!

      I want bracelets and rings to fit my hands – I’ve almost broken my fingers trying to push them through a lucite bangle.

      More than anything, I want retailers (both plus and straight sizes) to acknowledge our wants and needs in a public forum! Plus size retailers will make entreaties to the plus blogosphere, but when it comes to advertising/promoting fatshion outside their niche they back the fuck off (lane bryant’s lingerie commercial, anyone?). Straight sized retailers just plum ignore us – WE’RE HERE, AND WE WANT TO SPEND!!

  22. Gloria
    Posted November 14, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    One of my pet peeves is not being able to find cute knee socks that fit both my size eleven feet and my wider calves. Also, I second tall plus size pants for big booties! I fit in that category.

  23. Posted November 15, 2010 at 2:45 am | Permalink

    I just want sizes to be by the actual measurement rather than some arbitrary “size.”

    It would be so much easier and faster to shop for shirts if I didn’t have to guess whether the 18/20 is going to fit around my 48″ bust or not… Men get pants that way! I want to shop by my width and height too!

    Oh, I also want more plus size clothing producers to understand that not all plus size women are of an average height.

  24. Ivy
    Posted November 15, 2010 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    Right now, I’m having a hard time finding affordable basics. I want to be able to walk into a plus size store (in Canada) at any time of the year and be able to find a black, 3/4 sleeve, boat neck t-shirt for less than $50. I want to be able to walk into a plus size store in the fall/winter and be able to find a black and/or grey peacoat with just regular-ass buttons and darting for less than $100. I want a normal, dark denim, knee length pencil skirt. I want regular calf high boots. I just want regular-ass stuff that I could walk into any straight size store and buy, no problem, if I were straight sized. I don’t want every article of clothing I own bedazzled, bejeweled, sequined, or patterned (though I love all those things, just not on EVERYTHING I own).

  25. Posted November 15, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    I want the courage, annd the finances, to make a fashion line to adress all of the wants, NEEDS, that are listed here. I started making clothing for others, and am gratified, fulfilled, at how happy people are when they have something that they want, that fits, and is flattering.

  26. AnthroK8
    Posted November 17, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    I want tops that aren’t too long in the shoulder/ shoulder to bust line. Being busty and short in the torso is a DRAG, fit-wise.

    I want stores to carry my size in bras and then for them to have affordable matching knickers to go with.

  27. Posted November 18, 2010 at 6:49 am | Permalink

    I want the very same thing! I want every product they offer for straight sizes offered in the same range of plus-sizes, with consistent sizing and reliability. The Lycra blend tights are bloody awesome, why can’t they do that across their entire range?

    Actually, I want the same variety, prices and quality that are available to straight sizes in everything. Simple as that.

  28. Martina
    Posted November 21, 2010 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    I want Threadless to carry their Select girly t-shirts in 2XL and larger, and their regular girly t-shirts in 3XL and larger (am a 2XL myself but I reckon that lots of other fat women would want their t-shirts in 3XL or 4XL – or even larger).

    Same with all other cool t-shirt manufacturers out there – why is it that you think all women are, if not thin, then at least not fat?

  29. Val
    Posted November 24, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    Empire waist tops and dresses with an adjustable tie. A sewn-on ribbon is pretty but also pretty useless. The tie can be inside, too, but a tie, because these never fit me right.

    A body skimmer with a halter top and crotch snaps, though with the TSA now, maybe velcro would be better.

    A halter top bra, not a bra which I have to adjust four ways to get it to be a halter. With substantial straps, not little strings, because these babies need support, baby!

    Those teggings sound good! Ones with feet are fine too, so thick/substantial and stretchy tights.

    Jeans which aren’t stretch. I like stretch jeans, but I’d also like some regular heavy denim jeans which don’t bag after two hours of wear.

    Boots with wide calves and ankles AND cool details. I have plain, boring black and brown wide calf boots, but I want ones with buckles and slouchy folds and awesome colors and butter-soft leather. Hey, the buckles can be adjustable so they can fit more women.

    Baby doll t-shirts in plus sizes. I really don’t want the men’s version, thank you. YOU DISAPPOINTED ME, NFL WOMEN’S SHOP. The supercutest tees are not available in plus sizes.

  30. heartfire
    Posted December 2, 2010 at 2:07 am | Permalink

    Warning: profanity laden post-shopping rant

    It’s been two days, and I still can’t talk about the latest shopping fiasco without turning the air blue.

    PANTS!!! Nice, office appropriate pants to replace the ones from Lane Bryant from three or four years ago that fit perfectly but no longer exist due to the underwhelming genius of the designers and buyers. All I want is a fucking pair of pants I can wear to work and tuck a shirt into. But nooooo… Couldn’t find shit at the outlet malls in San Marcos or the Finger Lakes a few months back, either. LB has three styles, none of which fucking work (the classic cut in the curvy fit being a 21st century take on riding jodhpurs? Seriously? WTF?!?!?!?! Not to mention how they fucked up the overall fit of the blue circle stuff- last year’s blue crap fit right but this year’s looks like the designers were on drugs) Same damn thing at Kohl’s, JC Penney and Sears. All Catherine’s has are pants with goddamn old lady elastic. (I’m looking at you, too, wherever the hell I was looking in San Marcos near the Clark’s store) All I fucking want (at the moment) is a pair of nice, tailored pants that don’t cost a fucking fortune. I THOUGHT I found them at Target, but the fabric was so fucking cheap the pocket lining showed. And I shouldn’t have to goddamn debate whether or not to return a pair of pants to Sears because it wasn’t just the pocket being stitched up (hey designers- again, WTF?!?!?!?!) that made the seam lie funny. Why am I even fucking debating? Because A- funny seam aside, they’re a good fit and B- their corporate fucktards are so fucked in the head that when the craptastic shit they stock doesn’t sell, they stock less, and they only have three fucking styles right now, one of which is a fucking nasty feeling synthetic old lady completely elastic waist horror straight out of the 70s. It’s an easy fix for someone who used to work in a costume shop, but if a size 8 wouldn’t have to consider it, WHY THE FUCK SHOULD I?!?!?!?!?!?!

  31. Miri
    Posted December 2, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    I want pants that are low-rise while still fitting my butt. I want tights that are large enough in the thighs while not being too loose every where else. But what I really really want is plus-sized clothing in nice fabrics. I just can’t deal with polyester charmeuse. I want dressy clothing that isn’t made out of polyester. Hell, I want some of the companies that make fancy sportswear and casual clothing out of superfine (aka merino) wool to make women’s plus sizes. Basically, I want Ibex and Icebreaker to come in my size.

  32. Nikidy
    Posted December 5, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    All of the above, a million times over!
    PLUS as a short-fatty, i would really like it if skirts and dresses, when they went up in size, didn’t always go up in *length* too – i love my skirts mini to knee length, not cut-me-off-mid-calf length! same goes for you, cute capri pants and leggings!
    A button up skirt that buttons up and STAYS buttoned up without me sewing it together. i hate you, buttoned shirts, because you make me think i can look cute and preppy and then you GAPE.
    Sleeves that actually have width to them so i have circulation in my upper arms! especially adorable puff sleeves, even your elastic is no match for my guns.
    ALSO recent problem of dresses, when upsized at all, not adding extra boob-room. awesome for smaller boobed, not so good for the rest of us – i would buy ALL of your cute dresses if they didn’t make my boobs explode in bad-for-work or just plain uncomfortable ways. the rest of you is fine! (i’m an inbetweenie most of the time, so i can scrape in on larger sizes… sometimes.)
    ALSO: magical money source so i could buy all of the cute online plus-sized clothing i desperately want but have no moolah for! argh!

    • Nikidy
      Posted December 5, 2010 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

      dammit, just remembered another one – RUFFLED PANTIES THAT FIT. and cost less than $50 because i am not paying that for a pair of fucking ruffled panties.

      • Nikidy
        Posted December 5, 2010 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

        man, now that you’ve got me rolling i’m a big ball of fatshion rage: i would like to be able to go shopping with my wonderful, sexy fiance and buy the man a suit. i have never had such a horrible shopping experience as walking into a suit store, having the old guy working there measure the boy up, and then tell him that there is nothing in the store that will fit him and he won’t find anything else anywhere because his waist measurement is larger than his shoulder width. I have never felt so sick in my gut and never wanted to deck an 80 year old SO MUCH. My boy is about approximate to me but in man-sizes and much taller, so think about an 18-20 in dress sizes. Surely not that hard? surely in a country of beer guts we can make the damn man a suit?!?
        and for the record, i’ve only made him go clothes shopping (other than buying jeans online) once since then, and he managed to fit the largest straight size and get a winter coat. (also: men’s jeans that don’t tear out in the crotch would be just as useful as women’s jeans that resist the same, he goes through about 6-8 pairs of $50 jeans A YEAR.)

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