Posts Tagged: plus size

Clothing Consumer Expectation vs. Market Reality

This post has been brewing in the deep, dark recesses of my brain for ages. I’d like to say all that brewing means it’s now fully fermented, but that is yet to be seen. Nevertheless, I wanted to open a discussion about consumer expectations and market reality because I hear many of the same complaints and questions from readers, clients, friends, and family. And I’m betting many of you do, too, and have opinions and insights to share! Here are the main concerns I hear voiced:

  • It frustrates me that many of the stores I love don’t make or stock my sizes.
  • The stuff is gorgeous, but it’s just too expensive.
  • So many clothing companies use shady labor and production practices.
  • I want to support my local economy, but it can be so hard to find items that are made in my home country, state, or city.
  • I love how cheap this is, but it falls apart after a few wears.

All valid complaints aligned with certain needs, wants, values, and expectations. And yet the current fashion marketplace cannot deliver on all of them. Not with current economic conditions, not for all of us, not all the time, and especially not if you want more than one of those concerns to be addressed simultaneously. I’ve put together the Venn Diagram that floats through my mind when I hear folks registering these concerns in multiples. I’m using my own knowledge and research to back this up, but will also set you up with some links to helpful resources at the end of this post. Now let’s dig in. read more

Originally posted 2013-11-01 06:14:23.

Shopping Stigmas

I went to two proms: My own, and my older boyfriend’s. My mom made both of my prom dresses. (See dress number one here.) And despite the fact that I’d spent all of middle and high school acutely aware that the popular kids in my schools were also the rich kids, I honestly didn’t give my homemade prom dresses a second thought. I could’ve cared less that I never got to shop for off-the-rack dresses for these events. I got to pick out the materials and colors I wanted, select the styles and patterns, and get custom-fit dresses to wear. It was ideal! And yet I know that wearing clothes that are mom-created or hand-sewn can cause massive embarrassment for certain kids under certain circumstances. read more

Originally posted 2013-06-06 06:29:16.

Sustainable Plus Size Resources

Both Laura and K wrote to me hoping for some help with sustainable plus-sized resources. In my mega list post of sustainable vendors and sites, I do point out which ones include plus sizes and there are a handful … but not as many as I’d like. And certainly not as many as plus sized women seeking stylish, ethically made clothes would like.

To make things easier, I’ll call out the vendors and sites I know of here. I’ll also mention a couple of sustainable practices that aren’t brand-centric that may help you plus-sized folks who need super budget-friendly ways to make your wardrobes more eco-conscious. read more