Yesterday after work I went shopping for Father's Day. I got my Dad something that I think he'll like and my Mom will hate. Which, I think, will make my Dad like them even more. But this is not the point of the story. The point of this story is that I am sick and tired of stores neglecting their plus size women's departments.
And this is going to sound rude-but for those of you who have never struggled with your weight-please don't come back with comments about how we should lose weight or how the majority of people buying clothing aren't big-or whatever. My mother is skinny and has been her entire life. She sometimes says things that come off as insensitive, but I think it's more of an ignorance thing-she's never known the feeling of walking into a room and being the biggest person there. Or worrying about finding clothing that fits AND looks good.
Onto my rant. Department stores that do not specialize in plus size clothing (such as Lane Bryant) seem to not care about women who have a little junk in their trunk. I say this because when I shop for clothes I am either stuck in a tiny corner of the store (like at Target) or made to rifle through messy piles of clothes that have been thrown on the floor or jammed into racks (like at Kohls). It's frustrating to enter a store knowing that your shopping experience is going to suck and that even without any human contact, the plus sized woman is going to feel like a less important consumer.
Here's a pet peeve of mine. Stores tend to move the clearance section INTO the women's department instead of keeping it in the ladies department. So not only do we have to deal with a small section of clothing (as opposed to a whole side of the store full of ladies clothes) we now have to deal with racks of clothes shoved into our space-clothes that we can't buy. What are they trying to accomplish? Are they trying to say, "Hey you-big girl-see what you could have if you just lost 20 pounds?"
People who are overweight usually know it. This is something that I think some people don't get. They somehow think that by telling someone they need to lose weight will open their eyes and the heavy person will have a moment of enlightenment and all will be right with the world. Uh...sorry. We know we're bigger than you. In fact-almost everything that surrounds us tells us that.
But anyway-my point is that it's discouraging to see major stores neglect a portion of their customers simply because we don't fit into the magazine/tv perception of what beautiful is. What's even more discouraging-the "big and tall" section in the men's department is tidy and clean. It's usually just our section that ends up looking like a train wreck.*
*I'm talking about overall-not during a major sale or some crazy promotional time-all sections get like that at some point, I know. But on a whole, the women's department is messy and cramped and stuffed with clearance clothing from another department.