Dear Clothing Retailers,
I feel the need to comment on the selection of "plus-size" clothing that is out there in the world. What is it about the words "plus size" that make you think either: a, big, bright colors, b: weird embellishments that aren't flattering, c: bizarre, old-lady styles that even old ladys wouldn't wear or d, all of the above???
I went shopping tonight for something suitable to wear to a business meeting next week, as all of my suits are in a pre-baby size. I came up with bubkis. Low-cut, bright green sweaters don't exactly scream "business attire." Neither do navy blue skirts appliqued in anchors. (Hey....what's THAT implying?) And I do not need collar jewels, front ties on pants or 70's print caftans, either. These little weirdo embellishments aren't necessary to remind a girl that she's in the plus-size section. Trust me, she already knows. Some of us are professional, 20-30-40-somethings that need something decent to wear to work as teachers, managers, receptionists and a slew of other things. Short, halter-style floral dresses and midriff-baring t-shirts don't exactly fit the bill. So if you would, please, find some decent clothes for those ladies who would like to shop in the plus-size section with a little dignity.
And catalogs---you're on the hook too. You shouldn't call yourself a plus-size catalog if you use models who clearly aren't. We'd like to have an idea of what we'd REALLY look in that dress or leather jacket, not guess that if the tall, slim brunette looks good in it, we will too.
It's nights like these I'd like to learn how to sew....