Dear Plus Size Brands…
Firstly let me take this opportunity to thank you.
Growing up as a young, one handed, curly haired, spectacle wearing, pudgy girl who always had her head in a Judy Blume book (if it wasn’t angst then it was horror but we’ll save that pearl for another post) it was beyond comprehension that as a grown up fully fledged fatty there would be so many amazing choices available when it comes to plus size fashion.
The spectrum of colour, designs and prints available is amazing. If I want stripes then there are stripes, if I want a crop top then there’s a crop top, if I want a jumpsuit I can find a plethora of them, if I want to #EmbraceTheApron then there are bodycon dresses aplenty and so on and so forth to help break down all those antiquated views and opinions on what is acceptable for a fat body to wear.
One thing that never EVER crossed my mind was a cold shoulder. If I want my shoulders exposed I’ll opt for a bardot top (huge fan for future reference). If I want to #UnleashTheBingoWings I’ll choose a vest top or sleeveless number. I do not want to be trawling sites for a pretty new top or dress only to discover that you’ve run out of cotton to finish the job properly.
My fat tries to escape. I mean seriously we’ve been together long enough but anyone would think it doesn’t like me. It tries to escape my bra either via the ample cleavage or by giving me the appearance of 8 titties (totally flattering look I know). If I try to wear “shapewear” it tries to escape by redistributing itself to other parts of my body. Sometimes if I wear jeans it even tries to escape by way of a muffin top. It has never once tried to leave me via the medium of a shoulder. There are plenty of other places / seams my fatness could escape it doesn’t need to use the shoulder and bizarrely enough it doesn’t want to. If you feel the compulsion to run out of cotton anywhere I’d say go for the sides down the bottom, some little side splits to give the apron some room to manoeuvre but please not the shoulders.
Here are some items I may of been tempted to buy had it not been for the lack of sewn up shoulders:
I close by urging you all to rethink this lunacy that makes you think every fat girl needs her shoulders venting and if you are unable to do that then I recommend you perhaps create a product to combat it. Something along the lines of tittie tape but to close the cold shoulder.