This article grabbed my attention today-it was about plus size model Tara Lynn fronting the new BiB/H&M campaign. It made me laugh because I can't tell you the amount of times I've stormed out of H&M in frustration at not being able to find my size or indeed anything close (that's before I start on their shocking customer service). On their website several items in the main range are available in 18's and 20's, yet in both my local and nearest larger stores you'll struggle to find a 16.
Their plus size range, which I've also never seen instore btw, is pretty uninspiring at the best of times. I can't say I've ever spotted anything from it that I've wished to purchase (whether I could get it or not). The article includes a quote from the BiB designer stating "We have gone for a higher fashion content with this collection, which will appeal to younger customers too". I hope it's true, because I'm fed up of high street stores with mediocre plus size ranges; where it feels like you should be thankful they've 'catered' for you and just be happy that the clothes fit, never taking into account personal style or trends. However it's hard to judge from the accompanying images which are obviously of a swimsuit collection and how fashion forward can you get with that?!
However for as many bloggers that champion fairness in fashion you get idiots like this one that left a comment under the article saying, "I think that clothes shouldn't be available for people over a certain size. My idea is that over a size 18 there shouldn't be any clothes available and they would have to be naked orrr where a large sheet. This would make them so embarrassed that they would just slim on down!". Yeah, cos that'll work!! For a start 'slim person' you can't spell for shit and secondly the world seems keen to cater for the other end of the scale, where the 'adult' clothes are child sized and that's definitely not healthy. Thirdly some people are just naturally large, it's not unhealthy they were just born to be that size-we don't all sit around like slobs eating crisps and never moving from the sofa. I could go on and on-it seems anytime there's a 'fat' relating article people have to stick their oar in with extremely narrow minded and uneducated statements. Similarly, I was appalled at the reaction to the relaunch of plus size magazine Beautiful (for which I wrote a piece last year), which attracted a lot of negative press for 'promoting obesity'! It's sad, pathetic, old and just tiring, get a life and just let people be!