Dear Retail Stores.....Love, A Plus Size Girl

Dear Retail Stores.....Love, A Plus Size Girl

Plus size girls still exist, and we are ready to be heard.
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Dear retail stores,

I am a plus size girl. This means that I am not a twig. I can't fit into size 2 jeans and I don't like to show off my stomach every chance I get. I am proud of my body but I don't want to prance around, making sure that everyone looks at me and what I've got. I just want to have the chance to buy clothes that make me feel confident of myself. And if we're being completely honest, you really are not helping.

Putting the plus size section next to the maternity clothes is not the best idea. I am not pregnant, which means I do not shop in the maternity section, so stop making it seem like I do. Making me walk all the way to the back of the store in order to find my size really doesn't make me feel to great about myself. People already know as soon as I walk in the door that I wear plus size clothing, so doing the walk of "shame" all the way to the back is not necessary.

We also need to get some better clothes in our section. When I walk through the "regular" sizes and see a cute top or a really nice dress that I love, I always hope that one exists in my size. But then I walk into the plus size section and all I see are "grandma" clothing. Like yes, some people may find a white sweater with a snowman on it cute, but I am an 18 year old girl who just wants something fun and trendy to wear. This does not include a white snowman sweater or a blue, flowy blouse that has a random patch of flowers on it. Yes, I know this is not entirely your fault because designers don't really think of plus sizes when it comes to making their clothing, but still...do me a favor and look a little harder. I promise you that there are good clothes out there.

While you're at it, have a little chat with the designers that you buy from. Tell them that plus size girls are definitely different from "regular" size girls. Regular size girls may love wearing tight dresses that barely cover their butt. This does not mean that we do. Tight dresses make our stomachs hang way out and we pretty much feel like a hippo. Regular girls may love wearing crop tops, but it doesn't mean we do. People don't want to see the stretch marks we have on our stomachs, which we completely understand; we don't want anyone seeing them either. This means that crop tops are pretty much a no. So please, we beg you, get designers to make clothes that fit our bodies and not just the bodies we see walk the runways. And once they do...BUY THEM AND SELL THEM TO US BECAUSE WE NEED IT.

Don't get me wrong, I love how this whole plus size "revolution" is starting to happen in the fashion industry, but we still need more voices to be heard. There are SO many different body types out there, so when only like three different models or actresses talk about the way plus size girls are treated, I still can't relate. Women like Ashley Graham and Rebel Wilson are doing their best to make sure we are heard, but they are only 2 of the millions of different women who are considered to be plus size. We need more!!

So, next time you are buying clothes to stock your store with, PLEASE think of us. We are people, we have feelings, and we still do exist.

Love, A plus size girl

Cover Image Credit: Skorch Magazine

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.
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The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:


“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:

“FISH STICK! I NAMED HIM FISH STICK BECAUSE HE'S A FISH STICK, OF COURSE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 59)

When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:


"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

Cover Image Credit: OrderOfBooks

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