There's really nothing new in this New York Times article on plus size clothing
, except to point out once again how little to choose from there is when you get to the larger sizes. Although, I did find interesting the look at why plus-size clothing can be more difficult to fit as the sizes go up.
Which sort of intersected with an email I got from work today giving us the new library t-shirts/polo shirts/fleece jackets preparatory to our Fall Open House event. On the good side, they do OFFER plus sizes, but the increase in price made me do that eyebrow thing!
It's that thing no one ever seems to talk about. Buying a larger size COSTS more.
Not so much with the t-shirt, where the largest size is only $3 more than the smallest size, but the largest fleece jackets are $7 more than the smallest size.
We have two polo shirts designs to choose from. The first one has a $9 difference from smallest to largest, the second one has a $6 difference.
And didn't I just see some news reports about overweight people on average making less than their slimmer counterparts? I can't put my finger on any specific thing right now, but it wouldn't surprise me at all to find that it's true.
And, oh hey, Project Runway starts up again tonight. I applaud them for trying to address this particular issue every now and then, but the designers usually have such fail when it comes to making anything outside of their traditional size 2 fit model that I end up throwing things at the screen. One hopes if they do another such challenge they don't let the designers insult their models as has happened in the past.
Even our beloved Uncle Tim had some big time fail with the plus-size gal he tried to makeover his first season of his own show. Yeah, they never did that again...
People are always telling me I have a great fashion sense. Which is great, but it's not easy. For example, there are no local stores that carry pants in my size. I've been wearing the same four pair of jeans forever. There's a Lane Bryant 45 minutes away that does carry pants in my size, but I haven't yet made the trek since the Lane Bryant that used to be in our mall lost their lease.
And of course it's always more complicated than that. Even if something your size ... whatEVER size that is ... it doesn't mean that its going to fit right, or flatter your shape or personality.
I saw a thing the other day where people challenged themselves to only wear six articles of clothing for a month. Something about limiting your choices like that is appealing, but the reality of it would drive me bonkers.
So ... dressing one's self... not all it's cracked up to be :D