I know the fat-shaming and body-shaming industry is primarily directed towards women. I get that.
But can we stop talking ONLY about how most clothing retailers don’t offer sizes above 10, and start adding to that the fact that most clothing designers don’t have MENS sizes above Lg/XL?
I am a 5XL man.
I have to buy special clothes from Casual Male XL/KingSizeDirect.com. And if I want name brands, I have to pay 5 times the amount most people have to pay.
For fucks sake, my basic black boxer briefs are $18/pair.
18 fucking dollars for one pair of underwear.
So I understand those that struggle are more often than not women, but bigger men suffer too.
Let’s not forget us, okay?
As a woman who has wavered between needing to shop at plus-size stores and topping out the high sizes at “normal” size stores, I have to second this. It’s important to be aware of the strange things that the clothing industry considers common place, and the fact that clothing is, according to these individuals, not something that larger people should need or want to be stylish. Boutiques that specialize in plus-size clothing often run at astronomical prices. (The plus size women’s clothing company where I worked for three years would charge $218 for a plain cotton dress.)
What’s important to remember is that we vote with our dollars, when it comes to things like this: Victoria’s Secret charges extra money when you get into the higher cup sizes. Why? Does an extra inch of fabric really threaten to bankrupt this multinational corporation? Why do the 20+ sizes at Old Navy fit so poorly? (Because there’s a ratio formula for sizing that doesn’t work.) Why have our sizes changed since 1990, since 2000, since 2010, and will likely change again in 2020? How are we using price tags to fat shame people?
Use an active thought process and apply your money thoughtfully.