Should Your Weight / Sizing Dictate the Clothing You Wear?!

I seen a tv show the other night and it really got me thinking...

Anyone watch Eastenders?  It was Heathers fiance, Andrew Cotton that presented it, and it was called "Fuck me I'm Fat".  It was all about how life can be harder if you are a bigger person.  It was interesting but I felt really sorry about some of the trials he had to face.

Anyway, my point is that, he got 2 young girls sized 20 and 22 (UK) to try and find clothing on Oxford Street from the top 10 most popular shops with young girls (Topshop, Jane Norman etc).  I was shocked to see that there were only 3 shops that they could buy from.  I was even more shocked to find that less than half (only 4 I think) stocked size 16 clothing.  Size 16 is the average size of girls in the UK, so how can shops not cater for them?!  And those shops that did stock a 16 and above, most kept their larger sizes through the back.  Furthermore the shops that did sell larger sizes sold different items of clothing dependent on size; one range for smaller clothes and another for larger clothes.  The girls on the show thought that the 'plus size' range were a bit frumpy for young women and wanted the 'normal' sized clothes to be made in their size.

Now, I'm a size 10 on top and 12 on the bottom (UK sizes) so I don't face this problem.  But I did when I was much younger.  I was on steroids that helped my asthma but made me gain a lot of weight rapidly and I went up a few sizes... ok a lot of sizes... and I can remember not being able to shop in certain places but that was about 10 years ago, I thought that as Britain was growing in size that the clothing would be too.  Seems I was wrong.  I still remember how horrible it was not to be able to buy things that my friends were buying.  I was 5"6 when I started high school too, so that didn't help either.  My friends were buying clothes aimed at older kids / teenagers and I couldn't.  It was awful... so I do know how it feels to be left out of the loop.

Do you think clothing should be different for girls of a different weight?  Or should clothing lines be made in a variety of sizes to accomodate everyone?

Personally I think that you should dress in whatever way makes you feel confident, regardless of size.  I always find that hiding the 'flaws' and accentuating the 'good bits' of your body goes a long way for your confidence.  This is the reason I don't buy into fashion trends, not all of them suit my body shape and as much as I like the clothes on the hanger, they normally look like shit when I put them on. 

19 comments:

  1. I may have to look up this show online because it sounds interesting.
    Being a bigger girl myself I do think that clothes should be made in a variety of sizes and people should be allowed to judge whether they feel comfortable in them or not. I sometimes wear things that may be deemed unsuitable for some larger but if I feel comfortable and i'm not flashing too much flesh I don't see the problem (although if you are larger and want to flash your flesh go ahead!).

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    1. Yes it really was interesting, worth a watch :)
      Yes I agree, its whatever you feel comfortable in! Its just a shame that not everyone gets a chance to wear what they like xox

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  3. This a big dilemma! Much like yourself, I also had asthma and I also used to be a lot bigger, I started wearing women's clothing much younger than my friends because children's sizes wouldn't fit me.
    The question you raise here is really pertinent but uneasy to answer. The thing is, we all know that certain clothes simply don't suit people who wear very large sizes, however, most brands seem to choose not to make most of their clothes is large or very large sizes, instead of a couple of pieces that were clearly not going to sell quite as much as others.
    On the other hand, everyone should have the opportunity to wear what they choose too, independently of what others think is appropriate for their body type..
    In the end, I really think most brands should re-adjust their collections and make more pieces and models in large sizes, instead of the usual 'mom jeans' and stuff like that.
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    1. Yes me too, I always had to wear 'older' clothes than my friends because of my size, I was taller too so it wasn't much fun at all.. so I know how rubbish it is seeing other people have certain clothes and not being able to buy them.
      And yes I suppose certain items wouldnt sell a lot in larger sizes, I hadnt even thought of that hun! I think clothing stores need to meet in the middle, sex bigger clothes up a bit and de-frump them! xo

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  5. Holy awesome post girl! Thanks for visiting my blog today and for your super nice comment! I also think that women should dress for their size regardless of trends and only wear what suits them as well, and I feel it applies to thin girls too! I do feel though that for women that need larger size clothing, that the clothes should be made to be current with the trends, but suited for their body types. I don't think it is fair that they should have completely different clothing in the stores either, but should carry a fair selection of the same clothes that are in smaller sizes! I'm a new follower of yours now, and hope we keep in touch! Hope you will come back to visit me! Have a good night! xx Pip

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    1. Aww thank you and no problem :) Yes, no matter what the size I think a person should dress to suit their personality and know what works with their body. Its unfair that the clothing shops dictate to people what they can and cant wear! Yes of course I'll drop by, keep in touch please :) Kirsty xox

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    I agree with your post. Clothes should be available in every store for everybody, no matter the weight.

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  7. I think different clothes look different on different body types (not just weight, but also weight distribution!) and think that there should be clothes targeted to making each body type look best. I do think that our ideal of beauty, and measurements for models, should expand to include ALL of them. Short girls, curvy girls, athletic girls, everyone is beautiful!

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  8. What a great post! Here in Canada plus size clothing is almost non-existent and if it does exist it usually is pretty hideous. I am not a plus sized person but I have many friends who are. I see the frustration that they have when we go out shopping and feel terrible. And I may be smaller but not all trends look great on me either. Definitely dress for your shape! xxoo

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    1. I know same here, same everywhere I think. Its a shame! You'd think since there are a lot of women out there needing clothes that someone would make them xox

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  10. I agree with you, I had no idea there were so few shops stocking even a size 16! It doesn't make sense at all :( xxx

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    1. Me neither, you'd think the shops would make more money selling the average size xox

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  11. I think size is just a number!:)
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    1. Yes, it doesnt define you as a person! xox

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  12. Hi, my opinion is that whatever item of clothing it is they should at least go up to size 18/20 they start at such small size's yet the waistline of people in the UK isnt staying small so why not rid some of the smaller sizes and add the bigger ones?! just cause your big doesn't mean you can't be stylish.
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  13. Fab post sweetie. Without a doubt all shops should be catering to larger women & girls who *surprise surprise* still want to wear fashionable clothes. I am about the same size as you, being heavier now than I have been in the past - any my own weight gain made me think about this issue. Where to do you shop if you want to be "in trend" but you are a larger lady?
    I think shops like Zara and Mango really need to sort it out - their "large" is about a size 14 which is just shocking really!

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