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In a bizarre turnaround for the books, yesterday's attempt to find… - Tactical Ninja

Sep. 23rd, 2015

10:42 am

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In a bizarre turnaround for the books, yesterday's attempt to find work pants that accommodate my shrinking arse yielded only a single pair of size 8 pants in Farmers, in a sea of other pants varying between size 10 and size 22.

They told me it's because they sell out so fast. Which leaves me going "Uh, buy more then?"

I'm aware that this problem is usually reversed, and that larger women often have limited choices because the world assumes everyone's thin - but in this shop, there is a whole section dedicated to size 14 and up, full of what I think are lovely clothes that don't fit me, and I ended up buying the goddamn pants because they were the only ones they had.

Luckily they are for work so I don't actually care that much, I was just a bit weirded out by the whole thing.

Clothes are hard.

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From:khaybee
Date:September 22nd, 2015 11:01 pm (UTC)
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I am often frustrated when my size is gone because it sells fast and the shops don't seem to understand that they could fix that by ordering differently. Also if I request something that is not available in my size and I am told that they will not order it because no one my size wants it.

Umm... what about me?
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From:tatjna
Date:September 22nd, 2015 11:03 pm (UTC)
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I've come to the conclusion that clothing isn't actually made for real people, instead it's made to fit designers' mannequins.
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From:khaybee
Date:September 22nd, 2015 11:06 pm (UTC)
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And everyone knows that no plus-sized woman would want fancy tights.
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From:warriorsavant
Date:September 23rd, 2015 12:51 am (UTC)
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1. Clothing isn't made for real people. Consider that we have mannequins who are sized to make the clothing look good (e.g. hangs a certain way), which is not even thinking about transvestite mannequins.

2. Often manufacturers will only sell to shops if they take xx of size this, and yy of size that, etc., so the shops may not have any choice. Which, in turn, begs the question of why don't manufacturers make what people want to buy. However, see point 1.

As a note of irony, men's clothing shopping not that frustrating, but men usually care much less about clothing. I suppose that's some sort of bit of supply and demand - the men don't care as much, so the manufacturers have to cater to them, whereas because the women do care, they have you by the short-and-curlies.
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From:tatjna
Date:September 23rd, 2015 01:51 am (UTC)
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In an amusingly ironing note, the two women in this thread are likely on the very low end of the 'care a lot about pants' scale. For myself, I just wanted pants.

The men's section in this shop is about 2/3 the size of the women's, but everything in it looks the same. It's a 'generic work clothes' kind of shop.
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From:yshaloo
Date:September 23rd, 2015 02:15 pm (UTC)
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I found it very odd to tell someone recently that she couldn't buy the dress I was wearing because it didn't come in her (less than plus sized) size. I've never been on the cool kid side of the size line. I felt bad for her because I've been there so many times myself when I see a cute clothing item and they don't make it large enough to fit me.

Sparks, on the other hand, is mean spirited and said I should tell her to "eat some butter". That made me snicker, but I'd never say it, it's mean.
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From:meathiel
Date:September 23rd, 2015 04:27 pm (UTC)
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Clothes are hard no matter what size you are, I guess!
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From:caycos
Date:September 25th, 2015 07:38 am (UTC)
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Oops - that anonymous was me. Here again:

Now that you have pants, you may not be looking again for a while, but if you go to the back of a Max shop (eg the one on Lambton Quay) they have a range of 'basics' which do the job, and they're more likely to have more in your size. Farmers aim a bit older in their customers, which means more of the 12-16 range.. (and higher - for the record I find almost all of their plus size clothes to be billowy ugly nightmares...)
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From:kehleyr
Date:September 29th, 2015 03:47 pm (UTC)
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hah yeah clothes are hard!
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