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.