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Why is So Hard To Find Clothes For Overweight People?


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Why is it so hard to find clothes that fit for overweight people?

Theres a lot of overweight people around so its hardly a niche market yet only a minority of places stock trousers and jeans big enough for me, even though I'm not ridiculously overweight.

I also find it almost impossible to find jackets that fit me.

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its tough for my bf too...hes very tall. 6ft8in. 40in inseam 40in waist. size 14 shoes.

i have found that big and tall actually means big OR tall. either 50in waists with  30in inseams or 36in inseams with 34in waists.

ack!!!!

frustrating!!!!!!!

truth on the large sizes is that the production costs are higher because you use more fabric. i bought bf a kickass button-up cut-off sleeves shirt at the harley shop. he takes a 2X or 3X. those sizes were $10 more expensive than the smaller sizes.

i ended up buying him the southpole gangsta style shorts. the way oversized looking cut...they look like normal size shorts on him.

pants? forget it.

riding boots? he had to find them online. found some kickass chippewas in a size 14. he loves them.

maybe try online? going around to stores is such alot of work for such a crappy selection, especially if you are a hard-to-find size.

 

 

 

Wow, WG - you found a man you can really look up to.Wink(probably not the first time you heard that)

The thing is, xavier, that I think a large number of overweight people stop dressing well.  They go to the t-shirts and elastic waisted pants.  I stopped buying clothes because I just didn't like the way I looked in ANYTHING.  I think that is probably pretty common.  Therefore, manufacturers just don't sell enough to care.

As far as jackets go - my husband has a hard time with suit jackets.  He has these massive shoulders, and while he has a gut, it's not huge.  By the time he has a jacket that fits his shoulders, it is shaped like a tent.  And yeah, jeans are hard to find too.

Original Post by puh8suwrux:

The thing is, xavier, that I think a large number of overweight people stop dressing well.  They go to the t-shirts and elastic waisted pants.  I stopped buying clothes because I just didn't like the way I looked in ANYTHING.  I think that is probably pretty common.  Therefore, manufacturers just don't sell enough to care.

 I think this is a chicken/egg sort of situation. Although there are quite a few people wearing plus-size clothing, there are simply not as many people buying plus-size clothing as smaller clothing. Therefore, manufacturers design clothes so that each size can fit a wider range of people, which saves them money. However, this turns into the travesty of the stretchy mumus and flowing tops that you see around.
Plus-sized folks would look great in well-cut, tailored clothes, but clothing lines are too concerned about THEIR bottom line to worry about YOURS.

Find clothes that fit the widest part of your body, then take them to a tailor. It's not near as expensive as you would think. And since it fits you better, you're more likely to keep it in your wardrobe for longer, thus saving you money in the long run. Most dry cleaners have a tailor or seamstress who can make the alterations for you. Actually, my local Burlington Coat Factory even has a tailor inside.

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that's one of the greatest benefits of losing weight

i'm glad they don't cater clothing to overweight people

Original Post by puh8suwrux:

 

The thing is, xavier, that I think a large number of overweight people stop dressing well.  They go to the t-shirts and elastic waisted pants.  I stopped buying clothes because I just didn't like the way I looked in ANYTHING. 

 

I'd agree w/ that.

 

Also if they started making clothes that catered to overweight people it might discourage them from losing. One motivation for a lot of people that want to lose weight is fitting into certain clothes that they couldn't before.

Original Post by thin_girl:

that's one of the greatest benefits of losing weight

i'm glad they don't cater clothing to overweight people

... wow. Just.. wow.

Original Post by thin_girl:

that's one of the greatest benefits of losing weight

i'm glad they don't cater clothing to overweight people

So lets cram into clothes or just be plain naked while we lose weight shall we? Undecided

Yes.  I'd hate to be able to dress professionally when I went to work.  I think I'll just get a tarp and cut a hole in the middle of it and use a rope for a belt.

Might as well say don't make clothing for pregnant women - it'll encourage them to get that baby out!

I get a bit fancier than a tarp. When I'm feeling really pretty I'll throw on an old potatoe sack and use my tears to paint on polka dots.

 

Original Post by cucumberlube:

I get a bit fancier than a tarp. When I'm feeling really pretty I'll throw on an old potatoe sack and use my tears to paint on polka dots.

 

awwwww...polka dots from tears. yall are gonna make ME cry.

I have to second the "wow". People's lack of compassion never ceases to amaze me, I don't know why, I should be used to it by now.

I spent pretty much all of my adult life being plus-size. I love clothes, and not fitting into regular sizes was a real blow, I can't describe how awful it was knowing that the clothes in the malls were not for me, only normal people, it made me feel that that much more of a freak and that apparently I was not supposed to care how I looked, since I was fat I looked bad so I was supposed to dress bad too....I resorted to sewing my own clothes for a long time. The plus-size selection is much better now than it was 10 years ago, believe me. I would have LOVED to fit into regular clothes. It literally made my heart ache that I didn't.

Losing weight, going from plus-sizes to regular sizes, has been a journey that has been challenging, all-consuming, life-changing, and so much more complex than just wanting to fit smaller clothes. As much as I love clothes, it could never have been "motivation" enough...I needed to learn to love myself and want good things for myself and feel like I was deserving and competent and only then was I ready to lose weight. GIving people options so they can dress well and feel good about themselves....that will increase self-esteem which in turn helps people want better for themselves, want to be healthy, want to live longer, yes lose weight. Sticking someone in a muumuu will only make them feel like they are hideous, not worth saving. I know, I've been there. I thank goodness there are much better options today, very limited granted, but no one has to wear a muumuu. There are online stores galore, and lots of chains that may not be available where you live have online shopping too. I am really glad I never have to use them again, but I am grateful they are there for those who need them.

Victoriagirl, I commend you for your fantastic success.

As far as people's lack of compassion, I just let my sarcasm handle them and hope that karma does her sweet justice to them on down the line.

Original Post by cucumberlube:

I get a bit fancier than a tarp. When I'm feeling really pretty I'll throw on an old potatoe sack and use my tears to paint on polka dots.

 

^5

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Original Post by thin_girl:

that's one of the greatest benefits of losing weight

i'm glad they don't cater clothing to overweight people

... wow. Just.. wow.

People didn't take that well.

I understood what she meant. Sorry PC police.

I agree, Victoriagirl, thank you for posting.

In the UK now, we have Beth Ditto designing and releasing a plus size range. It's quite bold and bright and perhaps not what you'd expect where every fashion magazine column is telling you how to hide your curves.

Personally, I don't find my local shops too bad for clothes. I guess I'm lucky. :)

Original Post by soupcanx:

Original Post by cucumberlube:

Original Post by thin_girl:

that's one of the greatest benefits of losing weight

i'm glad they don't cater clothing to overweight people

... wow. Just.. wow.

People didn't take that well.

I understood what she meant. Sorry PC police.

Ah, by all means, please enlighten me to the point that I obviously missed.. I'm all for understanding.

Yeah, I'm with the above poster. I don't have that much of a problem. I shop in thrift stores, and I love love love Kohl's. They have adorable choices and aren't pricey like Torrid or Lane Bryant.

I was wondering why they don't make enough clothes for bigger people. The only answer that made sense is the fact that all big people are different sizes than each other so it's hard to cater to everybody and make a profit. Meaning size "medium" and "large" would fit the vast majority of people everywhere. I got tired of it so I learned to sew. Have you seen fatsionista?

http://www.fatshionista.com/cms/

 

A lot of the fashionable ladies seem to wear torrid, target and monsoon clothes.

 

I guess online is the only way to go for sizes that fit outside the majority :-(

A lot of it is getting frustrated easily with what we see in the dressing room mirror.   At my top weight I could not bring myself to try on more than a few items before  I threw my hands up in the air.  And I am sure that it did not help that I absolutely refused to spend the money of GOOD clothing because I planned on losing that weight and then the cloths wouldn't fit and that would just be a waste of money.  

I had to get half-way to my goal before I gave myself permission to do some major shopping.  And once I bought cloths that fit, and I looked better, I also felt better and that is making it easier to stick to my plan.  Cloths that fit really do bring the stress levels down.   There is nothing better than being able to open my closet and know I can quickly pick out an outfit that I will look good and feel comfortable and confident wearing. 

I hear you xavier. I have huge hips and short legs (I had a leg growth problem when I was younger...). It has left me to find a size 16 Petite. Fortunately there is one brand, George at Walmart that fits almost perfectly as far as waist and length. However, it'd be nice to find other clothes that fit too, right?

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