Sometimes it feels like all I do is moan (but then H+M makes me happy)

It really does. I log on here and let rip about why everything is crap. Sometimes I get excited when I see nice things, but for the most part I am exasperated and frustrated at the lack of (flattering) choice out there for plus women. Without wanting to get into the debate as to why people are fat and if they should be, people deserve good clothes. They deserve something that’s going to make them feel good when they wear it. Something that will flatter them. I just find it really hard to believe that someone would look their best in this. It’s described as a skort, but it looks more like culottes.

Sigh. Here we go again. So I was browsing some sites and came across One Stop Plus. As a plus size girl I experience the joy every time I come across somewhere new to buy clothes. The elation of finding a new shop that caters for my size will probably never leave me, even though probability dictates that it’s unlikely to have anything decent in it. Sadly One Stop Plus is no exception.

Don’t get me wrong, everyone needs to be catered for, plus sizes of all ages and styles need to find their niche, but this kind of thing is helping no one. I mean – a SKORT? A SKORT!? I ask you, has anything good ever come of a calf length skort? Outside of sporting situations is a skort – or just plain culottes in general – ever a good idea? I’m not a big fan of combo clothing. I’d rather decide which jumper goes over a shirt rather than have one sewn into the other but skorts are one step beyond that, and they addle my brain.

On a happier note

RADICAL NEWS!

Half way through writing this I was alerted to H+M’s new ‘Inclusive’ line which is going to feature a wide range of sizes. FATTY SIZES! It will be available online from March and I am doing a little dance in my head right now. I’ve only seen some of the designs so far, but what I’ve seen has been really interesting. I was terribly disheartened when H+M lost it’s BiB range in UK stores, and although I know it went online, it’s taken a little while to really come into it’s own. Expanding their range of sizes is a brilliant idea. The very name is so completely perfect that I think you’d struggle to find a better one. Everything is summed up perfectly in that word: Inclusive. I don’t mean to speak for anyone but myself, there are many ‘fatshion’ blogs that do that very well for themselves, but I believe that this is the fundamental thing that plus size women want – Inclusion.

These are my two favourites so far:

This is an updated Grease look and I LOVE it. I’d lose the espadrilles and replace it with lovely heeled or flat brogues or Mary Janes. Perfect.

And look at this!

This print is a dream. It has managed to be edgy and floral at the same time. It has a vintage quality to it and that’s echoed in the shape too. This is going to be incredibly flattering to wear, my only worry is that my boobs aren’t going to fit in ┬áit.

The size range will be from 6/8-24. I hope this is just a test before rolling out a higher volume of pieces later on in the year. Judging by the response it has received online, I’m sure the plus sizes are going to fly out of the warehouse.

Go here to see the full range.

6 Comments

  • 1
    January 23, 2011 - 12:47 pm | Permalink

    I always had limited praise for BiB, but this does look promising. I have the same problem as you, though: so many nice dresses and tops are off limits for me because I’ve got big tits.

  • 2
    Michelvis
    January 23, 2011 - 12:56 pm | Permalink

    Very pleased with this news. I loved their BiB section and delighted to be included again!

  • 3
    Rachel
    January 23, 2011 - 1:03 pm | Permalink

    Are those models supposed to be plus sized?!

    As a side point, does this blog have an RSS feed?

    • 4
      January 23, 2011 - 1:43 pm | Permalink

      I don’t think they’re supposed to be plus sized since the sizes of this range will go from 6/8-24, but there are only very few places which actually use plus-size models to advertise their clothing. I think I’d be a little more concerned about the models if it was an exclusively plus-size line.

      No RSS feed as yet, but since you mention it I’ll have a look at that.

      Tanya: It’s tricky isn’t it? Because I haven’t bought anything from H+M as a plus-size woman I don’t know what their measurements are like.

      p.s. It’s worth noting that their BiB section is still available on their website (modelled by a beautiful plus size model).

  • 5
    Anna
    May 20, 2011 - 12:15 pm | Permalink

    Sadly the fashion industry deem anyone size 12 or above in the modelling world as a ‘plus size’ model. No idea of the reality.

    If you are not a skinny teenager or a superfit yoga obsessed madonna esque milf/gilf – where do you shop. Or, more importantly, see how clothes hang on the average body? I want to be inspired by fashion magazines, but having a VERY hourglass figure, all I think is ‘well that’s pretty on her boyish frame’…

    Hmph.

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