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Giveaway!

22 Dec

Wonderful people!  I am doing a giveaway this holiday season!  I’ve got a $25 Lane Bryant gift card for a random lucky reader.  Use this gift card at Cacique, Catherines, or Lane Bryant to buy anything from nightwear and bras to beautiful work clothes and dresses.  To enter:

1. Tell me in the comments what your favorite winter outfit is!

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2. Reblog one of my posts

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3. Subscribe

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4. Post a link to my site on facebook saying why you want to win this prize!

This giveaway will close on Jan. 5th so enter soon!

 

F is for F That!

17 Dec

Miniskirts, short shorts, bikinis, plunging necklines.  Things that show off my best ASSets also happen to be the things I am told not to wear. Why? It’s imprudent, flashy, tasteless, plain wrong.  Tell me what’s the difference between these two pictures?

The picture to the right is Lane Bryant model Ashley Graham, size 16.  She was part of a commercial that ABC refused to air in 2010 due to the “raciness” of the ad.  Here is a link to take a look for yourself.  Racy, yes.  More racy than the typical lingerie commercial, hell no!  While I may not agree with the main part of the ad, that is neither here nor there. The issue is that this is not acceptable on television while this is.

This story may be old news but it lends itself to a persistant problem in our culture. When a plus size woman can find a miniskirt, plunge neck tee or bikini in her size, why is her wearing it considered obscene while straight sized women are considered classy or fashionable?  Who created these rules and who polices them?

I absolutely think straight sized women should be able to wear and enjoy these things, but that there should be no distinction between the articles of clothing a size 4 woman wears and a size 34 woman wears.

Have you ever gone into a department store that caters to both straight sized and plus sized woman only to discover the types of clothing and shoes that come in large, wide sizes are completely different?  I had an embarrassing moment in a Maurice’s recently when I saw this gorgeous dress (below) and searched adamantly for it for a full twenty minutes before resolving myself to asking the petite girl at the front counter for help in locating the rack.  Sure, the modeled dress above her was maybe a size 8, but Maurice’s caters to sized 0-24 so I was sure I would find it in my size, right?

WRONG!

This dress only goes up to size 14 and I am a size 18/20 in dresses at Maurices.  I unwittingly asked the young woman at the counter who pointed to the straight size section and said in an incredulous voice, “We have some sizes over there.”  I thought, well given the waist maybe I’ll fit into a 14. Sure enough, the largest size they offered at that store was a measly 8.  I was heartbroken and too irate with the woman at the desk to bother asking her if they had a larger size in back.  I left the store thinking, “If they can’t cater to me, I’m not going to cater to them”.

Similar issues arise when shopping for shoes. Even within the same store, shoes for wide, large footed women are incredibly different than shoes made for straight sized women.  Suddenly at size 9.5 the shoes get distorted. They come in black or white, chunky, square toed and hideous.  Why can’t designers of shoes and clothes just make their clothes bigger?! While it may not fit everyone’s curves, it would be a step in the right direction!

But back to the issue at hand. When I look at the plus size section of Target or even Deb’s or Maurices I see that the clothes are shaped and designed differently. Cute tops with plunging necklines and cap sleeves are now high cut across my neck and come with long flowy sleeves.  Small prints and stylish patterns are replaced with abstract vomit designed to disguise my fat with a bright and detracting mosaic of mismatched colors.  Even in the juniors plus section it seems like they are selling camo for fat girls to hide from fatphobes and the rest of the world. And miniskirts? Nice try.

So, I resolve to stick with thrift and vintage stores.  It’s much more likely there I find dresses and skirts that fit me and show a little off, too.  I avoid department stores, but still wonder if there isn’t something the fat acceptance movement can’t do to help our cause.