So I wanted to preface this story with the fact that I recently saw a piece on TV about J.Crew and their history. I was fascinated because I love J.Crew. But I was sort of shocked when the CEO responded to a woman emailing the company about not having her size. And that is where this all started…
As I walked into Forever 21, I could just tell that nothing was going to fit. And after looking at all the cute clothes, I was instantly depressed. All I could think was, “why don’t they make this cute stuff in my size?”
And you know what, that isn’t fair to Forever 21. I have cried, and cried about shit like that. Stuff doesn’t fit, and I go home and cry. I started shopping at Goodwill because of it…where most send their clothes post weight-loss (at least I did).
Sure, some stores adapted their styles to fit people like me. LOFT increased sizes to 16 even 18 online. I was able to buy a dress. Finally, I thought.
But then, I wanted to go back to Forever 21.
The retailers did me both a favor and an injustice. Forever 21 encouraged me to lose weight, even though, I didn’t really care for a lot of their clothes. At the end of the day I just wanted the option to buy their clothes.
LOFT provided me an out for not losing weight. They said, “No, Amanda, you’re fine, come in here we have your size.”
But here lies the problem,
I was overweight. I couldn’t fit into a 16, at some stores. And it was depressing. But for a long time I did nothing about it.
And for those of you who complain about a regular* store not carrying your size, think of it as a wake up call. Being overweight is not healthy. Curves are beautiful, but being overweight or obese is not.
Please don’t take what I say as rude and mean because I have been there. I know how annoying it is not to be able to buy that cute outfit because The Limited didn’t have my size. I get it. But what I don’t get is our ability to put our health and self-esteem on the back burner.
Live your life the way you want but don’t complain to the retailers because you can’t fit into their* sizes. Take this opportunity and go for walk, and start your journey to health today!
*And by their sizes, I mean regular sizes (2-14) not the couture or runway fashion sizes, because (let’s be real) a very small selection of the population can actually fit into those!