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LETS TALK: Design Elements in Plus Size Clothes that KILL ME.

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Now, I do not know in what book or meeting it was decided that there are specific elements that have to be done ONLY for plus size fashion. I do not know where or WHY these elements run rampant in plus size designs, and frankly, it drives me mad. We do not see these elements in straight sizes to the degree that I see them in plus and it irks me. There are specific design elements in plus size clothes that drive me mad. 

I really want to say JUST STOP. But I cannot, because these elements work for quite a few plus size women, and if it rocks YOUR boat then hey, I am happy. But for me and a few others whom we have had colorful discussion with, I NEED MORE, I cannot, and I just want to scream at the designers sometimes…

So, here we go:

Design Elements in Plus Size Clothes that KILL ME.

Can I get a FULL Sleeve? STOP IT with the overkill of the three quarter sleeves. Seriously, do you know how hard it is to find a button up, jacket, tee, or dress whose sleeves are NOT three quarter? I DO love a three quarter sleeve, but I cannot have EVERY Jacket like this.

Having variety is awesome. And the extreme is something serious too. I either get a sleeveless or cap to a three quarter. Um. Hello. Which leads me to…

Give me Structure.

Coming from someone who lives for the Boho Luxe side of things, yes, I am asking for more structure. Can I have a plus size blazer with a button closure? Why must my really cool blazer NOT have buttons and tailoring? I mean, I know that I, 9 times out of 10 will need a little tailoring in my life, but at least give me the option of structure in the first place.

Stop it with the handkerchief, shark hemlines.

I love a great high low top. When infused with fashion, it is the coolest thing. But EVERY TOP? Come on now! Why or where was it decided that this was the only finish for tops? Give me a clean hemline or a standard button up option… no need to add length thinking I want to hide.

Sketch of a plus size woman
Photo by Jenn St Onge


ENOUGH with the elasticized tops.

You know those ones which have a reallllllly cute design then all of a sudden, here comes the funky band at the bottom of the blouse. I have contemplated a gazillion times cutting and cropping the blouse, BUT, aint nobody got time for that. AND then those tops that have that three-five inches of fabric that jettison out from the end of the elastic band? STOP IT.

STOP WATERING down the “plus size” version and STOP making “considerations” for the plus size woman.

Seriously. It is rude, frustrating, and irritating. Because most of the time, the finished product looks NOTHING like the original or the inspiration. The design loses it specialness, or no longer has an appeal.

An idea? Scale and fit the original the same! We actually said this to a brand this past week. It was freeing.

Out with the BOX tops.

Um, I do not know if you have been reading the news, but uh, we like to show off what we have, accentuate the girls, play up our assets, and rock fashion with an edge. While there is a place for this cut, NOT EVERYTHING should be this way.



Look. I love a good thigh. I like my legs and I am not afraid to show them. Seriously. It is funny how I will see a fashion forward or on trend item done in plus (which I get all geeked about), just like its straight size friend. THEN when it comes to the slit that was supposed to be mid-thigh? It is either gone or to the bottom of the knee. NOW, I have to cut the hem, create one on the seam, or sit in frustration.


Plus size woman with attitude


Basically, the same elements in what makes a straight size garment fabulous, we’d like to see more in plus. NOW, do not get me wrong, I do love the changes that are and have happened. BUT, I do see a swing in the pendulum and I want to make sure you are aware of where the plus size woman is at.

We are now segmented shoppers. YES. You have your plus size discount/fast fashion/bargain shopper, your plus size contemporary designer shopper, your plus size missy shopper and your plus size designer shopper.

We now have different needs, trends, and price sensitivities (or not), tastes, lifestyles…

Basically, the plus size consumer of ten years ago is not the same as today. You can see this in the news, on TV, on Facebook, AND emerging in the newest marketing research and data!

I share these frustrations, especially in light of eloquii closing shop, but to let these designers, boutiques, retailers, and whomever else know that we are not a monolith of shoppers. We are now JUST as diverse and varied as our straight sized consumers and wish to be acknowledged as such.

What are some other design elements that you see that are OVERDONE? 

What kind of elements would you really like to see more of?

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Written by Marie Denee

I am the Editor in Chic of The Curvy Fashionista. Often goofy. Forever emo. Always a Virgo. You can find me somewhere grooving to 90s R&B.

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  1. Hello Ladies!
    I am an Apple shaped woman , an artist and looking to start my own clothing range dedicated to Apple shaped women as I am tired of not easily looking for dresses that suits me with a belly problem.
    I am not too big, a size US 12? And weirdly, I am an hourglass shape with a belly problem. So from the front., I look like an hour glass, but from side profile, I look pregnant.
    I love the humour here and the openness. I hope I can learn enough from you and come up with the perfect little black dress. 🙂
    I was planning to get my art printed onto fabric but I still haven;t found a manufacturer yet and I much rather create a better life for those who work with me hence why I am looking towards Indonesia rather than China as I am anti sweatshops.
    I look forward to getting to know your viewpoints and see the fashion you wear! 🙂

    • To Marie and Amanda,
      First if all, Marie, thank you so much for this blog! Women are women, and just because we have different figures, doesn’t mean that we want a different fashion style!
      To Amanda, wow, you just described my shape! I am SO tired of every empire waist or shift dress coming in a peasant style! I mean, I like the boho style, but sometimes I want to look more polished, with more of a classic style…but nope, anything that I would look good wearing, has to have the peasant style designs all over, with laces hanging down. Very frustrating!
      I cannot wear a plus size, due to my slim arms and hips, but need room in the bust and belly! The best of luck on your business endeavor!

  2. My biggest issue is the necks on all of the plus sized shirts. Why are they so big? If you find a shirt that comes in a plus size and a straight size, the plus size shirt my be only 3 inches wider than the straight shirt, but the neck opening is twice a swide. WHY?!?! My head is not twice as big. My friend, who does not need a plus size, and I often try on the same shirt in our respective sizes. Her neckline looks fine, mine is often so big that my bra shows. What is that? Have you encountered this or is it just me?

  3. I despise 3/4 sleeves. Give me full length, that I can push up IF I LIKE. My arms are heavy but look better with sleeveless or to the elbow or wrist. Cutting the arm in the middle of the upper or lower arm, is like skirts that hit at the widest part of the calf. It makes me feel fatter than I am be accentuating the bad parts and making me feel like I look like I outgrew my top/jacket

  4. Recently i purchased plus size clothes for my sister. The segment in the women’s clothing market that continues to see the greatest growth will be the plus size women’s clothes lines.

    We are not simply talking quantity, but increased quality and fashion at the same time. The evolution in the market trading segment has been remarkable.

  5. COMMENTS RE: Your post,”LETS TALK: Design Elements in Plus Size Clothes that KILL ME.”

    These are but a very few of the comments I wish to make on this subject. They come from the perspective of a life long 5” 8″ Apple whose size has increased overtime but whose proportions have remained the same (a concept that seems to escape the designers of plus-size clothing for women):

    -Plus-size tops are wide at the bottom. T-shirts, blouses, tunics, shirts, vests, blazers, coats… all are proportioned fuller at the bottom than their regular-size counterparts. This trend may flatter Pears but it makes Apples look like umbrellas.

    -Plus-size clothing is usually made from clingy fabric. Wearing soft clothing that drapes the body is the best way to accentuate every dimple, roll, and extra pound. Why don’t clothing producers see that? Why don’t customers refuse to purchase these ugly pieces? Fabric with enough weight to cause clothing to hand straight down the body, not fall into every crease and cranny, is more flattering for most uses.

    -Plus-size blouses rarely have collars. Yikes! Extra pounds add mass to body parts. Instead of disguising neck rolls, double chins, and upper back fat, designers seem to highlight them with low, scooped or rounded necklines… not only in the front, but all the way around. Medium to high shirt collars made from crisp, stand-up fabrics are next to impossible to find in the world of plus-size clothing.

    -Plus-size blouses with long sleeves have tabs. 1.) Tabs on long-sleeved blouses are designed to allow the sleeves to be rolled up; making the blouse from nicer, weightier, crisper fabric would eliminate non-rollable, wrinkly, floppy sleeves and allow sleeves, when turned up, to stay up on their own, creating a fresher look. 2.) Tabs on long-sleeved blouses are like arrows or flags which scream, “Old Lady Wearing Cheap Blouse.”

    Thanks for providing a space in which I have been able to vent a few of the frustrations I have encountered since moving into the world of Big and Beautiful.

  6. huge armholes! Yes, I want more fabric for my upper arms, but the actual armhole does not need to be large too! And on sleeveless tops? Let me be able to not show my bra. Or even worse, part of the bra cup!

  7. Thank you SO MUCH for posting this. I know it was a few years ago, but I found it today when I searched on “Why do extra-large sized clothes have longer sleeves/legs?” This is one of my biggest pet peeves. I’m a little over 5’3″ (i.e. in the petite range) and currently wearing an 18, but I’ve been shopping the XL racks in the misses dept for many years now. And I’d like to know why designers think that when I get heavier, that my arms and legs grow, too. When the sleeves aren’t 3/4 length, they are always, always, always too long, and the pants are dragging on the floor! If you hold up two hangers of the same item, one in a 10 and one in a 16 or 18 (or a size M and an XL), you’ll see for yourself what I’m talking about. I’m from a long line of vertically-challenged women (although I was considered tall in my family because my mom was 4’9″!), and have always wanted to be taller. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, I *WISH* I COULD GET TALLER BY GAINING WEIGHT! If that were the case, I’d be buying Oreos by the case!!! Unfortunately and very sadly, I’m still only 5’3″ despite my weight gain. Thank goodness I can sew, but I’ve gotta tell ya, I’m getting pretty sick of doing alterations on everything I buy.

    Speaking of sewing, that’s what I ended up doing for my wedding dress. When shopping for a dress, all I saw was strapless, sleeveless, spaghetti straps, sleeveless, strapless, etc., etc., etc., and there was no way I was showing my arms in all the photos to be taken of me that day!! These dresses are designed for those sweet young things in their 20’s who haven’t lived life yet like all of we ladies have – and they are NOT designed for a 2nd or 3rd wedding of someone in her 40’s or 50’s. So I started looking at photos and collected my ideas by buying several patterns that each incorporated a feature I liked: a soft draped neckline, fitted bodice that hits the waist (those empire waist tops/dresses just make you look pregnant), an A-line skirt and a sleeve that came to the elbow with a split cuff. I made the dress from Chinese silk I bought on eBay – NO LIE!, and my sister (maid of honor) made hers out of another piece of Chinese silk that I’d bought that coordinated with mine. And it was exactly what I wanted.

    Oh, and I too hate the elastic-waisted blouses and tab sleeves – I’ve actually removed them because they aggravated me so much.

  8. Being short, and on the edge of average height pant length is important and the sleeves of blazers never fit properly, it’s like I can’t have boobs 38G and large arms and expect to find a structured blazer the will fit without deconstructing the whole thing.

  9. I hate it when blouses or t-shirts get longer when in a larger size, it is absolutely not complementing my body.
    It’s also very hard to find really short mini skirts, my legs happen to be my second best asset (after my boobs) but it seems only Ashley Stewart is obtainable in Europe. We have to order them in America, but at least they are available!

  10. agree i like fashion that show off my curves ,. and not boxy and frumpy like a fucking tent!!! sweetheart neckline and long sleeves and cut to my shape hourglass fullfiguer ,..

  11. Ruching, shark bite hems, empire waists on tops… I could go on for days. I’m tallish (5’10) and nothing is QUITE long enough either. Enough with ankle length everything!

    Empathizing with my fellow ladies of varying heights, I’d love to see more P (S), R, and T options with actual inseam selection (let us choose 27″, 29″, 31″, 33″, etc)

    • Apparently it’s perfectly reasonable for stores to stock 40 different sizes of men’s jeans to cover all the waist/inseam options, but heaven forbid women’s clothes have the same options. Hell, plus size women are lucky to find anything that’s a single actual size – they’re either some variety of multiple Xs with no clear way of figuring out what they mean, or they’re the 18/20 or 20/22 or 24/26 nonsense that means they don’t actually fit anyone properly.

  12. Thick thighs? Well your calf is clearly the same width as your thigh. Let’s make it so you can fit four of them in the pants leg??? Or streamline the calf area? No problem, let me just tighten up the thigh are, so that they rip.

  13. Rhinestones. Please, no more rhinestones. I’m sick of rhinestones on plus-size shirts. Plus-size clothes are notorious for it. I don’t need anymore attention to my massive boobs. Plus, they’re annoying. They pop off in the laundry and it makes the shirt look even worse.

    • Rhinestones, glitter, and/or screen printed with some gawdawful giant flower or butterfly. I like a little sparkle on occasion, but jesus, not every damn thing I own needs to leave a trail…

  14. If pants fit my waist and butt, the legs are gigantic. Also leg hole openings on underwear and swimsuits are always huge, as are the arm hole openings on tank tops. I am also not a fan of all the cold shoulder tops, or anything with an uneven hemline.

  15. Tops that don’t assume you’re a D-cup just because you’re a size 18 (or more) everywhere else.

    Better quality fabrics that don’t disintegrate in a year.

    Better prints and graphics- fewer giant brushstrokey flowers. No more goddamn Eiffel Towers (and I love the Eiffel Tower, architecturally-speaking!) and other tourist attractions.

    Fewer unnecessary embellishments (I’m looking at you, Lane Bryant!) That shirt was perfect until you bedazzled it or added a random decorative zipper. KNOW WHEN TO STOP!

    • Dunnaree Mullins It doesn’t bother me quite as much from Torrid – I mean, their niche is more the casual wear marketed for the ‘younger crowd’ (ugh – like women go immediately from 25 to 65). Lane Bryant used to be someplace you could reliably find classic pieces that would last for years. Now a ridiculous amount of it is unflattering, poorly cut and shapeless. Not to mention ridiculously overpriced. $125 for a pair of jeans that are strangling my calves and thighs while leaving such a huge gap at the back waistband that you could drop a toddler in there? Oh, hell, no.

  16. This. I wish I didn’t have to wade through THIS when swimwear shopping. Gobs of extra material, horrid pattern, yucky color. Swimsuits are getting better, and I agree that it’s important to wear something you feel comfortable in. Still, every time I go to the pool I see a woman with a fuller figure wearing a suit that’s dragging down around her knees. I want to shake her and yell “You don’t have to wear a tent!!!”

  17. The idea that as soon as you’re plus size you like Navy-inspired clothes and 50’s dresses. My favorite store brought in whole new line with extended sizes, but it’s all Sailor-prints, gold buttons and 50’s dresses that make you cute as a button! I don’t want to look like a cute little sailorgirl.
    They also stock a lot of cutesy ruffle-shirts and flowery blouses. We do not all want that!

    • The arm thing drives me crazy. I have a tiny rib cage (like a 30-32 band size in bras), sort of an in-between straight and plus-sized waist depending on the brand, and size 14 arms. If a shirt fits my arms, it also makes me look like I am in my 3rd trimester. Do not like.

  18. Listen….enough wit the “baby girl” and any phrase that refers to this…. no sequins…rhinestones….or racerback tanks that drop below ya roll….enough of this shit….and 2 piece bathing suits without support in the boob area when your ddd+ enough of this shit…..

  19. Sooo with you on the three quarter sleeve Especially on winter clothes!! I’m cold, I want long sleeves!!

    Also the boxy tunic. Great folks who suit that style but not all of us do. I’m short and made up of lots of curves a boxy tunic looks like a sack on me.

    I would like to add not enough space for boobs. My boobs never EVER fit the allotted space in empire line garments. I know there are fat women with the opposite problem so I’m not entirely sure what the solution is. But I would say that it is easier to nip and tuck clothes to make them smaller than it is to somehow magic more fabric out of nowhere.

    • The empires thing is nuts to me. Once i pull it up high enough, it stops at my nipples and I totally lose any potential hourglass shape I might’ve gotten

  20. Ugly buttons, ugly prints, weird hemlines, odd necklines….plus size clothing designers tend to throw in the weirdest details that don’t add any design value or attractiveness to the garment.

  21. Dick pouches in plus size jeans. All of them. Always. And the general mismatched measurements in jeans that make t difficult for even an evenly portioned woman to find a great fit.

    • Yes! This is my biggest peave!!! I’m thick and hour glass and everything is evenly distributed lol I don’t have a huge stomach, or just junk in my trunk. I need hip room in my pants and a bigger breast well in my tops. I don’t need the extra pouch hanging down!

    • Lynn Barrett Lytle I appreciate the tip but $20 is a lot for pants for me. Currently I own one pair of $6 clearance jeans with blown out thighs because I can’t afford another pair and the thrift stores rarely has real jeans in my size.

    • Lindsay MacKenzie that’s so kind and generous of you and I truly appreciate it. I’m ok with thrift store shopping. Helps keep clothes out of landfills and from drowning other countries with our discarded fast fashion.
      Donating nice plus size clothing and/or funds to organizations like Dress for Success or women’s shelters in your area would be wonderful and touch many lives!

  22. Here’s a thought – how about dispensing with this plus-size segregation altogether? I mean why do stores have to stock 100+ items for “regular” sizes, and only 10 items for “plus” sizes? Why can’t manufacturers make the same shirt/dress/pants in sizes XS-XXXL?
    And standardize the sizes FGS! I’m wearing everything from a 16 to a 22…WTH?!

    • I have no problem with a plus sized department. It’s a whole range on its own. It’s hard enough to find it, don’t want to make it harder. The skinny ladies have segregated sizes too, from girls to juniors, to misses/teens, to women’s, to plus size. Each covers about the same size range already (number-wise, definitely not stock-wise!).

    • Mary – i think my issue really is the lack of CHOICE. I live in a smaller city in Canada – walk into any Sears or Walmart here and there’s dozens of racks for regular sizes, two or three for plus. We don’t have the options for mail order due to the exchange rates and exorbitant shipping charges.

    • While we’re at it, could we *please* stop filling up the ‘plus size’ department with maternity clothes? (Yeah, I’m looking at you, Target.) Especially given that apparently all pregnant women at 5’3, weighed 98 pounds when they got pregnant, and are all just dying to show off their bellies with extra-tight t-shirts?

  23. I hav been reading the article and all comments. I am a plus size fashion designer and whilst I agree with some of what u r saying I feel as a qualified designer and stylist I need to set some things straight here.
    When creating a garment many many design elements need to be considered and thought out.
    As designers we need to not only trust our design knowledge and gut but we need to consider the current trends and also the mass variety of women and body shapes and sizes that will wear the finished product.
    There r so many variables from size, age, shape, proportion and then u hav to consider all the previous feedback customers hav given u in the past that u value but can also be overwhelming.
    It is very difficult to balance all of this successfully and make a viable business out if it.
    Fortunately I am successful and love doing it .
    But don’t for a second think it’s a easy job and that u can just standardise everything just to suit ur individual taste. Life doesn’t work like that.
    I do take on and agree with some of ur comments and that article but I do feel the industry people need to be represented also and appreciate their hard work 🙂 💕

    • Are you here just to justify yourself? I haven’t read a single thing that says anyone thinks your job is simple and easy or anything derogatory towards a designer. I hear that women are tired of cartoon characters, glitter, and awkward cuts.

      Step back and don’t take this so personally. I don’t recognize your name and any designer with half a cup of self worth isn’t going to comment on a Facebook blog post where ladies share their frustrations just to defend themselves – again, take yourself out of the equation, stop making it about how hard you have it.

    • Not really representing, just defensively arguing for the status quo. Plenty of plus size designers are able to do all you say you can’t, our problem is access. It sounds like you might have some learning to do about your market, but are insisting it’s too hard. Lots of great women (and men) are doing it. They need to get their lines into stores, both brick and mortar and e-commerce via featured retailers, even if drop shipping.

    • U know nothing about me. My comments we neither negative nor complaining. U hav taking me in the wrong way.
      I am a person that is all about diversity and girl power.
      If u can’t see me for the great person I am then that on u .

    • Heidi Krukowski, she does have a small (very small) biz. But apparently no tailoring. It’s all draped tops (all but one is a solid color) and baggy pants, at least, as far back as I scrolled. So yes, she’s here to justify herself instead of expanding experience, and really listening to what people would purchase, and purchase expensively at that. Everyone starts small, what makes you big is looking and imparting these women’s feedback. Hopefully, you are aware, the reason you are getting pushback is because serve read your story for years from designers for sticks, or plus size designers who told us we should be happy above cares enough about use to throw curtain sized tunics on us. Perhaps your are new to this place, but this amazing page is literally and figuratively combating the stereotypes and blatent attitudes we get in fashion, that we are impossible to design for, so “deal with it”. Serve greats “your side”, for years. And thanks to great pages like this, we know it’s bunk. Plus size designers are studying with plus sized fashion, not scaling up an old Simplicity pattern. Several retailers are now offering varied plus sizes, you know, the things you say are impossible, by setting sub sizing. 20a may be a size 20 with a certain height and weight frame. Then 20b covers the next and so forth. Another retailer allows you to choose two different options with the same clothing size, because – surprise- there are many plus size like knee who aren’t triple Ds, so you can get a dress with a “full figured” cup with support, or the other option for a smaller chest.
      Belle Chemise is her place. So she’s telling the truth, she does make a few items… mostly the same item in different colors.

    • Or “u” you could listen to real world women and take into account the overarching themes. But to come here on the attack where we’ve been invited to air our complaints is horribly misguided.

      I used to work in fashion and I’m having a hard time believing you’re the success you say you are.

    • Please take note of the fact that this article is from 2013, and we are STILL having the same problems. I am by no means a designer, but I am a self-taught seamstress. Every time I make an article of clothing, I modify it to what my personal needs are (ie: POCKETS in my pants / dresses / skirts, design elements that are reflected on the back as well as the front, structure in items that make sense, WINTER TIME DRESSES, prints and colors that flatter). Without fail, I get compliments on said article of clothing, I’m asked where I got said item, and when they learn that I made it, I’m always asked how much I would charge to make one for them. If I, a mere self-taught seamstress, am getting this response on every single item of clothing that I make for myself, it seems to me that a designer would be able to take these points and run with them. It’s time for the fashion industry to wake up, unplug their ears, and actually listen to what we are saying rather than getting defensive saying “We are making what you guys are asking for” when in fact, no one is really making what we keep asking for.

    • I am also a clothing designer for all sizes but I specialize in plus. I love what I do. Three years ago I had a bad work accident that almost cost me the ability to do what I love and make a living. I have been out of the loop most of that time. I am not going to defend the shortcomings of the plus size design and manufacturing business. We all know how difficult this business is. There have been many “plus size”actresses, models, celebrities going into the design business, lately. Are they riding a gravy train? Maybe, why do the sizes end at 24? are the rest of us non-deserving? Hmm, I’m not sure where my spiel is heading, just wanted to acknowledge that I hear you. I am an indie designer and I do my best to accomendate what you, the client wants in one of my designs. I wish I can be all but I can’t. Indie designers have a lot more freedom with design and sewing to be able to tweek the pattern according to your needs. I am a one woman show, I do it all. I know many cannot afford some of the pricing but I hope you give the indie designers a chance at filling in some of the gaps. Anyway keep up with the critiques, they are very helpful, for me at least. 🙂

  24. Stupid sleeves that roll up and have a snap tab to hold them there. Empire style cuts me right at the books and makes me look pregnant. No or useless pockes. Has anyone heard of an A-line skirt and know how to make it? I have big boobs and really skinny legs, I’d like to showcase the legs once in a while. And why not sleeves that cover? Would love to have sleeves that hit just above elbow.

  25. Giant, gaping arm holes that expose weird side armpit fat! I’m a bigger woman with a larger bust, but they assume as you go up in size your arm hole needs to be as big as your neck hole!

    Also, stores that advertise for plus sizes, but when you physically go to the store, they only carry straight sizes at their location. “We can order it for you?” Grrr

  26. How about just take the straight size clothes and make them larger proportionally. I really like that pair of pants over there, I just need one more inch in the waist. Don’t take that pair of pants and cut it into a monstrosity. Leave that top the exact way it is but cut it a little larger. I am between plus and misses sizes from time to time and it really frustrates me to not be able to find the same garment in plus sizes. It may be the same print, but it has an ugly design.

  27. Trying on a t-shirt and I look like a sack of potatoes in a dress, because they think “OK, fat. We’ll add 6 more inches of fabric to the bottom.”
    Or the flipside. T-shirt is roomy, but is too short and doesn’t cover my spare tyre.
    WHY can’t they just get it right?!

  28. Horrible prints and the high empire waist. A bigger bust pulls the empire too high and hides an hourglass figure. I love prints, but not those that look like they belong on furniture. Lol

  29. I swear I’m the only person who has noticed plus size has went back to muumuus in gawdy floral print. Torrid looks like an old ladies store from the 80s, just 8x the price. (Worse, that junk is so thin now, that you need 2-3 muumuus not to be see through!)

  30. Well I personally Love 3 quarter length sleeves. I wish I could find more blouses with that length. What I would like to see more of are short sleeves that come down closer to the elbow. (Can you tell I have issues with my arms? Lol)
    And I have quite a few full length sleeved, structured blazers. I think it depends on where you shop. If you’re going to the extra trendy shops/sites, that may be the issue. Try the good old boys like JC Penney, Macy’s and Sears.
    I think A-line dresses/skirts are really being overdone right now. Don’t get me wrong, they’re really cute, but as a big girl with big buns, they don’t work well on me. They’re always hiked up in the back. Could I have the hem line altered, yes, but I don’t wanna. I wish there were more straight dresses available, in the same cute prints as the a-lines. I also wish there were more straight skirts available……and not always the “painted on” pencil skirt versions.
    My biggest pet peeve though are the American brand bra sizing/styles. It’s so hard to find one my size (44H) that fits properly, is supportive, cute, and comfortable. Although Lane Bryant sells my size, they don’t fit me. I always have to order them online from specialty stores. And in addition, I hate that it’s pretty much impossible to find a swimsuit with support (underwire especially) that fits properly. This season Torrid offered many different styles with underwire, but even when I’d go up a size or two, the cups were still at least 2 sizes too small…..not to mention the fact that at that point, the rest of the top/suit was then too big.

  31. Hemlines that are made for bigger women with no butts apparently. I can’t find a cute dress that isn’t Maxi that won’t have me arrested for showing the cookies, so I just sit and swelter.

    • I’m trying to figure out where they’re finding all these big women with flat asses. To get a pair of pants to go around my thighs and butt, it’s got 14 extra inches in the waistband gapping in the back.

    • Don’t get me started on the fact that I am in that weird height place where petite is too short, and avg length makes me look like a child wearing her mother’s clothes unless I am wearing heels.


    I wish retailers would stop putting our sections together like we wear the same type of clothes. I’ve never seen a size 2 on the same rack or in the same section as maternity clothes, but they think it’s okay to blend plus size and maternity clothes together. Target 🎯 is Notorious for doing this and I hate shopping there because it messes with my self esteem to be find a cute top, only to find out it’s maternity.

    I don’t have issues with women who are pregnant or expecting. I just think the clothes for maternity are cut in a certain way to allow a baby to grow, and plus size shouldn’t be cut the same way.

  33. Those stupid t shirts with elastic bunched up on the sides. Shorts with giant legs. Tops with a ruffle all the way across the shoulders. I’m a regular D cup, plus bathing suits are always giant at the top.

    • The off shoulder trend has REALLY ticked me off this year! EVERY top is ruffled off the shoulder! Sir and ma’am, to wear those tops, I would need to purchase a custom strapless bra!! #38N

  34. One modification I wish was consistent: I need to wear a good bra. If you expect a D+ customer to wear your garment, you better design the shoulders, back, armpits, etc to accommodate a bra. Nobody wants to see this mama of three flopping all over so she can rock a spaghetti strap sundress. 😳

  35. I’m full busted and if I find a shirt or dress that fits that part of me I almost always have to adjust the neckline and waist. Same thing with shoes. Just the ball of my foot is wide, with a high arch,mane the heel is normal. But every pair of wide width shoes if fine in the ball and too wide in the heel.

  36. Just because I have a larger upper arm doesn’t mean my lower arm is huge. The long sleeves are just as big as the arm holes. Same thing with pants. They make the lower leg as big as the thigh instead of tapering them off.

  37. I hate it when designers think that just because you’re bigger that your big all over I’m 5″3′ and I’ve got skinny legs and are big in the middle, I’m an apple shape so it’s so hard to find clothes that fit properly

  38. What gripes my butt is so many clothes for plus size have huge necklines that show off the bra strap, I have to pull the shoulder area back in place all the time. Plus size does not mean huge head that can’t fit a neck line over.

  39. Finally….someone speaking on behalf of the true curvy fashionistas….thank you!!!!

    Some of the fashions for us are either so hideous that you can’t help but say ‘seriously?’ Or you get so damn frustrated that everything looks like a moo-moo and you leave everything on the floor of the dressing room and head for somewhere to have a sundae with all the fixins’

    Curvy women are sexy and we want a few good designers to just get it!!!!!

  40. One of my biggest issues that pants always are so huge in front and no room in the back. I have wide hips with a big butt. My stomach is not huge yet pants don’t fit right. Then the crouch is so low to the point my legs are physically touching.

    I hate that all the designs in plus size are ugly and geared to make us hide. Umm hello, I wanna look good just like other women. Im just as confident. How hard is that?

  41. The banded bottom has got to go. Size consistency would be nice. Sheer, cheap fabric that they want a mint for needs to be upgraded. Not ever plus size lady has wide feet, so maybe make those cute heel in a medium. Yes upper sleeves need to be paid attention to, every thing will fit and my arms look like they are in a sausage casing. We are not all hourglass shaped. Time for some new size models so everyone is included. #sizediversity

  42. Yes, big floral prints. I like a floral print as much as the next girl, but come on. Also, some of the sizing. If I try on a 1x in one dress it may be too small. But if I try on a 2x in the same dress it looks like I’m wearing a huge mumu. Figure out sizes, people. And don’t forget the long length of all the skirts and dresses. I am not an 80 year old woman. I do not want or need to be covered from head to toe.

  43. My two major frustrations: 1) sleeves that are too tight because apparently most designers think that a woman wearing a size 26 has size 14 arms. Also sleeve lenghth: anything above the elbow looks terrible on me and emphasises my arms, which are certainly my worst part. This is something no designer ever seems to think of. 2) Bras for plus-sized women who don’t have ginormous boobs and just plain bras that are sized correctly for plus-sizes. It seems that in plus-sizes, I’m an A cup, whereas in straight-sizes I’ve always been a perfect C. But designers just don’t make plus-size bras with a large band but normal cup sizes. I literally, this is not an exaggeration, don’t have a single bra that fits me right. I recently tried a bra that was touted as “for plus-sized women who need a large band but small cup” (that was their bloody claim!!!!) and I ordered it with my correct band size and in a A cup, the smallest they had. I was floating in it. I put it on my head and it was like a giant cloche hat, it was that ridiculous. Not every plus woman has big boobs. Why even use the standard cup letters if you’re not gonna stick to them? Why is a plus-size A a straight-size D? That infuriates me.

    • Ashley Carter I haven’t, because I live in Germany and we don’t have Lane Bryant here. The situation for plus-sized clothing is dismal over here. I have ordered bras from the US before and despite lots of measuring and even talking to the customer service reps while ordering, nothing has ever fit right. There are a few options for large bands/small cups from the US and I have tried about half a dozen (all those I can afford, basically) and none was quite right. (I also hate that this type of bra only comes in black, white and nude.) I have browsed Lany Bryant’s site in the past in the hopes of finding something, but I never really found my size there. Have you been successful at LB?

    • I have been successful at LB ordering online. I’m a 44B and most of their 44B bras are pretty true to size. Also, have you heard of sister sizing? If you can play around with the sizing to make it work for you, that might help. For example, I wear a 44C in Curvy Couture but then I add an extender (because a 46C is too big in the cup but the 44C is too tight in the band).

  44. I’m a very busty lady, but have short arms. Trying to find a button up shirt is almost impossible! The arms are too long and shoulders too wide! Stop with the flowers, elastic bands on shirts and remember we want to be able to shop in ALL stores. Tired of our clothes costing more, too!! Feels like we are being discriminated against based on our size, NOT fair!!

  45. Use to like Torrid but their designs are too goth for me also they charge $40 for a see through shirt that will fall apart after the first wash. The quality of their clothing is poor and overpriced- some items are cute but way overpriced

  46. Why has no one mentioned fabric? One of the things that kills me is touching the fabric and it being that icky non breathing polyester. I don’t want the quality of fabric sacrificed just because it’s a plus item. In terms of actual styles, cut outs, shark bite hems, shirts that are too short when you get them over the boobs, and where are the button ups shirts that don’t gape and don’t look like a tent?

  47. I know this may be because I’m short waisted, but I hate that many plus size designers make shirts so long. I don’t need long shirts and shirts that go past my hip make me look even bigger. I notice super long shirts with Ava and Viv. I’m like… Why??? Bigger doesn’t mean longer.

  48. I HATE tops with a band at the bottom! I have a big belly so that looks like crap on my. Also, pants that are tight across my belly and have a gap in the back. Ugly prints. Or a cute perfect top that has a flowered skull on it.

  49. I hate jumpsuits because some reason I have to have small thighs and be an F to fit my boobs in. No matter the brand. Those crazy designs on everything ruin it. You go to a basic section of a store and nothing is just basic.

  50. I hate that designers think that just because I’m a big girl, I must be tall too. It can be very difficult to find pants and skirts that are the length I need or that will still look good after shortening.

  51. 🤔 1- Bigger arm holes. 90% of the time I have to size up just for the arm to fit 😑 2- Ive tried on jeans in an 18 with the perfect length but were alil snug. Tried on a size 20 and the inseam lost 2 inches 😞 * Im 5’7* 3-More cotten, less polyester and rayon PLEASE 🙌🏾 4- Shorts are either midthigh or midcalf, knee length would be nice 5- More sleeves! Elbow or wrist length, cap n 3/4 are the devil. 6- LESS BIG FLORAL PRINTS, more edgy patterns

  52. Ruching! What is it for? Why is it on everything over size 10? I have my own rolls thank you. Underwires that are made for people over 6ft tall. I’m only 5’4″ armpit bruise are a real thing. Hasn’t anyone shown bra designers their bruises? Should we send them photos?

    • I would suggest that you’re not wearing the correct bra fit. Try visiting a store or boutique that does bra fits and see if that helps. I used to share the same frustrations when I wore Lane Bryant beas, but since getting fitted and switching to Torrid, I don’t have that trouble anymore.

    • Amanda Yount-Bucher I have been fitted. I’m a 36FF with narrow shoulders and I am 5’4″. Panache is the only bras I can wear at this time. Even those, I have to be careful what style I get. Most plussize bras do not go below a 38 band size. The Panache bras are beautiful, delicate and have smaller wires, shoulders and ONLY two hooks. Lane Bryant ‘s bras are pretty but don’t fit.

  53. Longer sleeves on blazers and coats. The gap on button up blouses! Every. Single. Time. Every. Single. Brand. No exceptions!! 😡 I love a crisp,collared, white blouse. It’s a wardrobe staple. I use to collect them. But I became resentful having to wear a cami or tank under it every time.

  54. I don’t have any complaints, I guess I just remember how bad plus size clothing use to be. I remember having to wear horribly ugly cloths all through high school. It seems every year PS gets better and I just cant complain. ☺

  55. Every skirt is too long for my 5’3 self literally dragging the ground after I’ve rolled it up three times I’m looking at you Torrid! Also shrinkage when I’m paying the prices I do for clothes can they not shrink inches within two washes? I’m talking about a pair of jeggings that are now capris six months later 😂💀

  56. I know that us plus size girls are all different shapes, but I hate that designers assume we all have giant boobs. I am a very curvy girl who varies between a B and C cup, and dresses especially are tough to fit because I just can’t fill out those cups!

  57. I hate when the entire garment is made bigger everywhere. I can never find something that fits well across the shoulders of my apple shaped body. You can simply add fabric all the way around and expect it to fit correctly. I did find a beautiful black dress recently from Old Navy that looks tailored just for me.

  58. I carry all my weight from the waist down. I have very big legs. It’s almost impossible for me to find pants and jeans that fit me and look nice. It’s like they’ll make pants that accommodate a larger waist/lower belly area but not someone with a smaller waist and large legs. So frustrating!

  59. The thing that drives me absolutely insane is how you walk into a store that carries plus and “straight” sizes. You walk by the “SS” section first and see a killer dress. You think “gaw! That’s gorgeous, lemme go find it in my size!”
    Go to plus section and literally nothing from SS section is offered in the PS. 😡 like why? Why can’t I have the same dress in a 22 as the one you made in the 2 and 4s?

  60. Oh I’ll tell you…I’m 5″1 and wear a size 20. I try on a pair of jeans and the pant legs are six miles too long. And the salesperson says “this is plus size”…no, this is ridiculous.

  61. T-shirts with cap sleeves that ride up my biceps, gathering at the waist as the only solution for structure, made worse by the tie strings in the back. Beautiful dresses that don’t go below the knee. Tops that are too short or end at the widest part of my hips. Shape wear bottoms that are too short and guaranteed to ride up your tights. Ugly prints in hideous colors. I could go on, and on

  62. Tiny arm holes. Lack of affordable, well fitting BASIC STAPLE items. I need a slim fit basic tee or cami that hits me below the hips, but doesn’t cost me a weeks pay, ok?
    In fact, maybe make tops longer in general, since a big girl has more to cover, especially if they’re busty.
    The cutesy designs that make you look like someone’s jolly granny-STOP IT.
    And for the love of GODDESS! The high-low trend needs to die in a fire. Take shark bite and floaty hemlines with you, ya nasty!

  63. High low high low high low. I have a dress that I bought literally in 2009 that’s high-low. I can’t believe that’s still a big trend in plus size clothing. I wish they would just extend the sizing of the straight size clothes. I don’t get it lol

  64. I’m 5’4 so I have a hard time with dresses/skirts hitting me in the right spot on my legs. They are mostly to long and make me look like I’m all calf…also I love the wide leg or trousers style jeans and being shorter, I look like I’m swimming in fabric.. I know they make some Styles in a petite length but sometimes those are actually hard to find in the right size. I work at Lane Bryant and have for several years and I hear that a lot from other women. A lot of plus size designers assume the plus size women are apparently 5’7 and above….

    • Even if you are over 5’7″ they still don’t proportion things properly. I’m so tired of all my pants having no decent inseam proportion which makes them all cropped. I just need a nice full length dress pant that I can wear with heels! 😕

    • I’ve just decided to wear all skirts high wasted. I HAVE to with maxi skirts and it makes shorter skirts much less matronly on me. BUT, I really like the high waisted look, it might not be for everyone.

  65. Polyester fabric. Not everything needs to be made out of polyester. It’s hot out here and that fabric doesn’t breathe.
    Bubble hems. Who does that look good on!?
    Wiiiiiiiiide neck holes. I don’t want to show my breasts all the time. I’m a professional woman.

  66. I am in such agreement! I am so tired of bringing clothes that i purchase to my seamstress to “fix”…like adding buttons or putting darts on jackets. I would some of these designers, especially the ones who design for the smaller sizes, to replicate those fab looks for us without giving up structure or quality!!!!

    • Absolutely I think what they do is they make smaller sizes into larger sizes without adjusting the darts without adjusting the sleeves it’s pretty much cookie-cutter one-size-fits-all instead of bringing the shoulders in the shoulders are usually six inches longer like you’re a football player and they hang off the edge of your shoulder for many of us were big in the hips or bigger in the waistline but we’re not bigger from the waist line up I hate to have to Taylor all my clothes to fit my hips and what’s wrong with making things a line we have bigger hips bigger waist but not bigger boobs if things were a line they would be so much more comfortable

    • I hear ya! I guess these designers think that these small changes would take up too much money and time not realizing that many of us would shop with them instead of patronizing our local taylors…their loss. I would rather support my local business in this case…

    • Also…even my friends would normally shop for a size 10 get frustrated because some have larger boobs or hips or tummies that are larger than the “norm” and are forced to change items they purchase, spending more money when a designed could just simply make small changes

  67. My biggest design frustration is still going into a store or ordering something online and it’s the wrong size! I ordered bra’s the other day in size 2xL. When they came it was like size Medium. I don’t know what it is that everything from Asia runs small. The product came from China. To get the right size I should have ordered a 5xl.

  68. To me one of the biggest drawbacks of plus size clothing as they think everybody that’s a plus size has plus sides boobs I have a small bee and everything is Norma’s in that area if it fits in my hips. Another drawback I found is a think anybody that’s plus size must have football size shoulders all of the shoulders at the sleeve seem to hang down midway between Elbow and armpit reduce that pull it back and make clothing not so much one-size-fits-all just because you have larger hips or even larger breasts not everybody has football-sized shoulders that hang 6 inches longer it’s ridiculous let’s Taylor these clothes and make them look a little better

  69. My biggest issue is stuff with anything more than a cap sleeve or short sleeve (but sometimes also those) don’t fit my arms. Apparently my arms are bigger than the rest of me, a shirt or dress will fit PERFECTLY everywhere else, but makes me feel like the hulk in the arms, or like they are being crushed. So I have a size up, but often that looks too billowy for my taste.

  70. Clothing designers and manufacturers that do not realize that if a woman needs tall size pants becaus she has long legs that she might also need longer sleeves to go with her long arms. I love long sleeve shirts and sweaters but too often the sleeves, especially on button cuff shirts, just are not long enough. I’m tired of my arms freezing in winter.

  71. How about pleats in everything and elastic in weird places. Like if the smaller size version doesn’t have elastic in five places on the arms how about you not put it on the other version OK thanks.

  72. Sheer fabric and cold shoulders! I don’t want to have to buy a cami for every sheer shell you’ve got! Better fabric choices, better print choices, definitely.

  73. How about everything is geared towards big boobs! Tops or dresses that are big enough for my belly but too big for my boobs! I’m sorry not everyone’s fat travels that far north! I wish mine did. Even in non plus size clothing! I need a curvy but not so curvy there clothing line! I tried on two beautiful dresses. One labeled an XL and the other a large. I’m a curvy girl and I’m in between regular clothing line and plus size. The XL was more like a medium. Would have been perfect for the girls if it wasn’t for the fact it wouldn’t zip up all the way and was up in my arm pits. The other, the elastic was around the middle of my belly. Empire cut dresses are the best for curves as they don’t cut us in an odd way. And for clothes in general, it would be nice to have a universal size to where if it’s a large in one company it’s a large in all! And for tops or dresses (especially when it’s fitted to the chest size) have a large in a B cup? Or whatever cup size? Oh and for the butt too! I’m sure the elastic waist dress I could have put the elastic band above my belly but it would leave too much flop over with the chest and nothing to imagination with my bum. I really need to learn how to sew so I can make my own dresses.

  74. I noticed that plus size clothes come wider, instead of longer. This tall woman needs length, not width. I also noticed that plus size pants come bigger in the stomach area..not all of us have big bellies. Pants are usually hang on me in that area or super long in the crotch area. We definitely need plus size clothes for tall porportioned women.

  75. Shapewear shorts which ride up causing the chaffing they’re meant to prevent, shapewear girdles or corsets rolling up when you sit down, trousers with Italian or slash pockets which help accentuate the belly by bunching out. Sleeveless tops, shirts that are meant for your size but still gape open at the breast

  76. Y’all gotta stop shopping at Torrid 😂 There are SO many other better options out there for clothes. And we as consumers need to know when to “break up” with a retailer. If they aren’t doing what you need, find someone who will!

  77. I hate that the bigger the size, the taller they think you are. Designers must hunk plus size women are 7 feet tall!

    My other annoyance is that, because I’m pear, the bigger I go up to fit my ass, it gets way too loose in the boobs. This is always my issue with rompers and often dresses (though a-lone and cocoon dresses are the easiest).

  78. Frumpiness. Clothes that hang like a sack. Lack of variety. Lack of proper edginess (yep, Torrid had a good thing going with the edginess till they lost it. Big shortage of sexy clothes. The general feeling that we’ll wear anything and we like horrible colours like ochre, brown and orange

  79. Oh and jeans! Several brands of jeans thought that my calves were the same size as my ass. I’m not trying to buy JNCOs when I ordered skinny jeans.

    I’m oddly in love with my Lee dream jeans. They’re more of a straight leg but they’re suuuuper cozy and fit well.

  80. Unfortunately manufacturers use size 12 fit models, then grade up! Most never call in women in sizes 20 or 26, large or small bust to make adjustments!
    Also if you don’t allow for our bust sizes you don’t lengthen shirts, t-shirts, even jackets!

    Kill cold shoulder! Kill hi low

    If you shop in department stores and you can find a salesperson, voice your complaints, in fact demand to talk to the dept manager or buyer!
    In plus size stores do the same! If either gives you guff, tell them you are taking your hard earned $$ away, never to return!

    If you buy from sites coming from the orient, know plus size women are rare so no fit models! Thus poor sizing!

  81. Arm holes that are way too big and sleeves that are tiny and short. I am so over tunic tops, leggings, leggings and boot cut jeans. Hate polyester, it doesn’t breathe. Why is it just when I find a brand I like, it closes up shop and disappears. Loved Silhoettes, now it is gone.

  82. Ruffles, grandma florals, cold shoulder, blouson tops and rhinestones, tunics and leggings. I love clean, classic lines. Structure. Just extend the sizing of the previous size, don’t make it puffy or ruffly.

  83. I LOVE the way City Chic makes clothing for women. We are “plus sized”, but not dumpy frumps (not all og us, at least). We love structure, we love style. Look hoe city chic cuts for the womans body, please. Also, stop putting our sizes by the toilets, shoved in the darkest part of the store, or altogether quitting IRL and only online. I love being able to shop IRL, but almost totally shop online. Also, stop with the baggy shirts, oversized blankets passing as clothing, I love to show my curves, albeit tastefully. Not trashy, not dumpy, please.

  84. The fabrics and the designs for the fabrics. Sometimes the piece is nice and fits but the fabric sucks because of the texture (sinthetic) or the odd flowery, trippy design.

  85. To the ladies who struggle with an awkward bra size. I am one of the few big girls who doesn’t have massive boobage, I’d be happy with minimal boodage at this point in my life. Tiffany Crisp-Crenshaw…It sounds funny, but I only buy my bras online at QVC and occasionally HSN. On a good day I can barely fill a C cup and that’s IF I can bring some of stomach to the dance!😂 That said, I wear a 46B and can always find them on QVC. I like underwire and I love pretty colors. Not overly expensive ($22-25 aver) but if you catch them on a good sale day, you’re golden. I hate shopping and shopping for bras is a torture to this menopausal old lady. So I buy online, if they don’t fit right, I return them, no harm, no foul. I will never again buy a bra from a brick and mortar store. Elizabeth Marchello

  86. I hate it when shirts are super big on top, but then tapers and won’t fit around my stomach. Also, sleeves that are too long and shoulder seams that are too wide. We aren’t football players…

  87. Biggest pet peeve is short shirts. I’m 5’11 and wear a 4x, and I have a long torso. But its hard to find shirts that fit, are cute, and cover my torso the way I want them to.

    Same issue with pants. Not every day chick is short. This fat chick (meaning me) needs a 38″ inseam or longer and that is a rare find.

  88. I recently bought two pair of “boyfriend” crop jeans at “Dress Barn” that I love! I bought white and a pretty denim. They are comfortable, flattering, with a higher small waist. The legs roll up at my lower calf, so they are cute with flip flops. I am 5 ft 2 and curvy. I also bought two shirts at “Foxcroft” online. Pretty detailing and flattering. I think the style would look good on anyone. One has shell buttons down the back and the other has pleats. Both so pretty. Mostly I shop at thrift stores so was pleased I found some things I like retail!

  89. They seem to forget the ones that are bigger than a size 28 & 4x. Hell those who are a size 32+ & 5× or more want cute clothes fit & look good on us. Instead they got us looking like someones mama & grandmama!.

  90. Please stop with the polyester! I hate when cute tops turn out to be made of stretchy poliester that feels too icky in summer over my skin. Use fresh fabrics like cotton, line, modal for a change.

  91. My biggest pet peeves are shirts that are too short (I’m 5’4″ and have a long torso) and formal gowns that look like they were made for my great grandmother twenty years ago.

  92. The misconception that Plus Size women only have breast sized DDD. I am a 46H-48H and want bras that are pretty and support. Then the whole shirt/dresses situation where I have to buy bigger to fit over my chest but have it loose everywhere else is horrible.

  93. I’ve said this before but it bears repeating. I simply want the same clothes as non-plus sizes. Not interpretations, not modified versions, simply the same damn clothes. No, I don’t expect that all would be my best look, or a great cut for me, but that would be true of any brand. I just wNt the same damn options and to not have them shoved on the top floors or basements of stores, behind the cookware like it’s the shame corner.

  94. I hate that I can never find skinny jeans that stay skinny down to the ankles! Also I see the shirt in standard sizes and it doesn’t cut so low on her chest yet when I put it on it’s boob city! I don’t want to always put a tank on underneath just to make things be work appropriate! And as others mentioned, my stomach or hips gained weight but who gains that much weight around their shoulders? Stop making shirts for line bakers.

  95. I agree with you…my specific complaint is not being able to find a cropped top. I find that the shorter length works well for me as one who has a bigger bottom (a “pear”?). Why does every top have to be long? I look best in a top that sits right at my hip bones. It balances my figure.

  96. I agree, some of us can simply wear the same clothing as our straight sized friends – we simply need it cut correctly…. I need a longer cut, my breasts are modest, I have a waist line and long legs – Im not trying to dress around a round tummy or need a petite cut. I cant shop at sears or penny’s to save a buck – the waist falls at my breast line and the pants above my ankles. That is fine there are now more choices then there were for me when I was skin and bones size 14 and EVERYwhere was cut to a 5’5 model — leaving me in tears. I rarely think about spending more for my clothing, why? – Im retired and at home most of the time; my social life doesnt require it. But when I see my straight cut friends pulling in great items for more then a 3rd of what it would cost me I’m angry – why do I have to deal w/ throw away clothing w/ cheap fabrics and soso cuts because I require a few more inches here and there. I think that they need to step it up – stop filling the stores full of fashions that only a small percentage of the population wears (then of course highly discount them to move them out for the next season – giving our very tall and thin friends a closet we can only dream of)

  97. I hate the boob flop on dresses! You find a gorgeous dress that cinches in the middle and gives you a wonderful waist, only to find that the top part of the dress is HUGE and thus, boob flop. The cut of the dress isn’t close enough to the chest and you end up with a large flop of fabric that makes your boobs look saggy and not supported at all.
    I ran into this yesterday at torrid. I was not impressed.

  98. Oh I so agree. What is with the half a hemline for blouses? They are neatly fitted at the front and then a tail is added — seriously?? my butt may be big but adding a tail does not minimize it. Also what is with all the diagonal hemlines?? Thanks for speaking out. Cheers

  99. Biggest frustrations: the annoying extra fabric in the midsection, polyester overload, ugly psychedelic prints and patterns, and jeans that are the opposite of slimming.

  100. Universal Standard is changing the game in a MAJOR way. Beautiful fit, amazing fabrics and classic styling with enough edge to be interesting. Coverstory is another great online boutique as well.

  101. Need more hi-lo and baby doll styles – I love those, plus long sleeve and full length blazers – Cannot find those anywhere.

    Please stop the 3/4 sleeve and banded bottom tops. Also please stop the half length shrug style jackets. Those are good in moderation but it’s overkill. Also please stop the strapless and spaghetti straps. We wear real bras and trust me they’re not little spaghetti strap bras. Need fuller wider straps on top please.

  102. My frustration is when stores (the less expensive/fast fashion stores are especially guilty) stock plus size items that seem to include EVERY design element currently known to man! I don’t want a harem jumpsuit with a peplum and cold shoulder! Did you HAVE TO add sequins AND fringe to the leopard print kimono???!!!

  103. I’m 5’2″, not all if us are built like amazons. Huge arm holes gotta go! Length – shirts are either too short or too long. Pants are usually too long, if I go for an ankle or petite sizes they look like highwaters. How about prints that don’t look cheap? How about models bigger than 14?

  104. I’m not sure if I count as plus-size, but after gaining 40lbs, I had a quite rude awakening…
    Can we please talk about how trousers/jeans are just larger copies of the size 2? They don’t account for large hips/thighs/butts combined with slim-ish waists. Finding the size that accommodates my thighs/hips means that I buy pants that are 9 inches past the soles of me feet… Or that some companies STILL don’t put stretch in their denim, so that when I sit down, my jeans pinch my hips or tummy. Not to mention that slacks/dress pants are sewn so sloppily between the thighs that you’d think they WANT my pants to tear. I used to be one of those size 0, uber skinny people who assumed girls who are larger must just be shopping at the wrong stores. Since I’m now a size 6-12 (depending on store/brand) I’ve now learned that once you get bigger than a size 4, all bets are off, and stores must just enjoy fucking with us… Inconsistent sizing, just making larger sizes identical but bigger, adding gaudy accessories to “hide problem areas”, etc… I used to love shopping for clothes. Now that I’m a normal size, I hate it…

  105. Ugh, the grandma prints. Affordable plus size clothing seems to be plain color or paisleys or floral print, DRIVES ME NUTS. I’d like to feel big and beautiful in my clothes NOT like an outdated garden.

  106. Armpit/arm area is so big…takes extra effort(by putting on a tanktop) to not show the little bit of sideboob(for lack of a better term) that the good fitting bra did not cover.

  107. A dress made for a size 2 isn’t going to necessarily look on a size 22 just because more fabric is used. The cut of some of these clothes is just WRONG!
    And, what’s up with these short-cut shirts. Can we get more length in the torso???

  108. You nailed it, Marie! Also? Why can I not find cute & nerdy knee-socks made for a wide calf? And why is anyone selling shift dresses that DON’T include a belt?? WAISTS ARE A THING THAT WE ALL HAVE!

  109. You had me at long sleeves. 3/4 sleeves look like garbage in almost every circumstance.

    My other big beefs right now:

    1. “Rolldown” waists – or as I like to call them “pants I’m going to have to sew my own elastic into because 5 minutes after putting them on they stretch a little and fall right down” pants.

    2. Deep plunged necklines on casual/business casual clothes!
    These may be fine for the flat-chested, but for the big-bosomed, these damn things show up to eight inches of cleavage. Which should be fine but we live in a society where just an inch or two is enough to drive people out of their minds and heap a metric ton of slutshaming/sexually assaultive comments. I assume it is a conspiracy to get us to also buy camisoles, because why wear one layer when you can be forced to wear two? It’s not like many plus sized gals already run hot. *fuming*

    3. The ugliest prints on the planet, bedazzled for maximum awfulness!
    Someone else here described them as “grandma prints” but my grandma was stylish and wouldn’t have been caught dead in this crap! Animal prints crossed with geometric print with sequins or beads or rhinestones then produced in a crappy factory that effs up the pattern printing so there are gaps made by folds where nothing got printed being sold as if a. they meant to do that and b0 we’re too stupid to see it as the production error it is.

  110. I get frustrated when I’m shopping and it feels like brands design for just one type of plus size body. Just because we’re plus size doesn’t mean we all have the same body type! We need a variety of fit options, just like the “regular” women’s department!

  111. Cap sleeves: I hate them. Would love longer short sleeve tops.
    And ugly prints my nana wouldn’t wear.
    More v necks! They give a longer look overall. Too many unflattering scoop necks.

  112. Also I’m plus in weight not height I’m 5 frikken 3! And I have a slightly broader back than a size 8 fit model, I hate finding a great outfut that fits everywhere but pulls tight on my back. Ohhhh and guess what, who knew plus size women weren’t all double DD’s? Uhm this B cup bish right here! If you have a sexy French lace bra, have it for us IBTC members too!

  113. Neck width.. dont just put the pattern on the photocopy machine & increase size like that.. why does every tshirt have a neck with that could almost be confused with bottom of shirt.. have to pin bra straps (ends up taking bra strap down arm)& scarves for back of neck gap.. have also tried sewing some stabiliser with no luck.. makes an otherwise good fitting top unwearable

  114. polyester. wth. here: have a shirt that doesn’t breathe, let me put spangles and ugly flowers on it. let me give them ALL cold shoulders. because god forbid we want some linen or cotton or something not made of a petroleum byproduct.

  115. Gorgeous colors in misses sizes that aren’t even offered in plus sizes. They reserve the ugliest avocados, purples, fuchsias and orange just for us. It’s like we get the leftovers or something. T-shirts that have very short, skin tight sleeves that creep into your pits. They never hit anywhere remotely flattering or long enough on the arms. Horribly sized up patterns. No our arms do not get longer as we get larger. Neck holes have the same problem. Too wide, too deep cut to be decent in public. No, I don’t want to just put a tank on under it. That’s also cut too low for my size boobs and just makes me sweaty. I like a shirt tail because my chest size turns everything into a crop top. That doesn’t mean I want to swim in a tent. Take the waist in a bit.
    Speaking of waists. Just because we’re a bit rounded at the midsection, doesn’t mean we enjoy showing plumbers crack to everyone. Curve the back waist of pants and shorts up and add some proper darts. I’d do it myself, but my sewing machine can’t handle denims.

    • Stacia Hand And I used to love shopping at Kohls but I realized they sell irregular. At least here in vegas and back in Illinois. Then I discovered Nordstrom’s and it has been a wrap ever since , lol.

  116. Weird length sleeves that make arms look larger
    Very closed, high necklines
    Shapeless tunics (makes me think of homer simpson’s flowery tunic)
    Too short shorts that don’t cover the thigh-chafing area
    Culottes (for ANY size lol)
    The lack of variety of trouser types – a lot of plus size girls (definitely my case) would look infinitely better in bootcut or flare jeans, but they are impossible to find if they are not in trend – it’s mostly skinny jeans these days and i hate them
    The fact that most plus-size clothes seem made for short women with big chests and big waists but comparatively small legs – i am very tall, i have an average-size chest, and my waist is like a size smaller than my hips and thighs, i am totally pear-shaped!

  117. Boob pockets. You know a great shirt and then they have to ruin it with pockets on the boobs. Why? I’m not going to put anything in there. Pointless.

    Also I am tall. Can I get a shirt that’s a longer length and pants with more than a 32in inseam. Tall girls can be plus size Too!

  118. Jeans that are either really small waisted so there’s a muffin too situation or too big when they fit the thigh area that they are always falling down. Big flowy tops with huge sleeves & prints & bedazzaling that is just so wrong!! Do not even get me started on shorts!! They are either ridiculously too short or a weird below the knee length!!

  119. Well I’m in Australia and we have very limited supply of plus size clothing . We have city chic but standard, and very repetitive, we then have TS14 plus which is well in my opinion not for plus size women as they are asymmetric and cut all wrong. Then we have a limited supply in the department stores , but again either they are cut too low or too high or cut over the belly , nothing to hide it and well some just look like a sack … we then have the high end fashion as they call it a shop called Harlow where you’re paying $300 for a skirt ? $200 for a shirt and not to mention again the same old repetitive styling ….black on black, tunics , just sacks ….

  120. Why do they think that your neck/torso get longer as you get fatter? I am so sick of vest/camisole tops which plunge so low you can’t wear them. And the over-designing that goes on! A fab top ruined by some ridiculous detail. And the see-through sleeves because I really want to show off my flabby arms!

  121. I’m. 5 feet tall and wear 20-22. Everything is too long, and not everything can be adjusted by tailoring. Knee long skirt ? It stops a little bit over my ankles. Very short skirt ? Will stop at my knees, but I will look like I’m wearing a hot air balloon because the “hips” will be too low. Capri pants ? Hahahaha. Just like the skirt. It will look like they shrank in the dryer…. Not easy to be round AND short ! !

  122. I neeeeeeeed more structured dresses in my life – i hate feeling like every dress or tunic i try on makes me look even bigger because it doesn’t give me a waist – my waist is great! i’m a busty pear shape, not quite an hourglass so stuff that fits my top often doesn’t fit my butt and stuff that fits my butt makes my boobs look awful

  123. 1. Florals for days. Sometimes the article of clothing is a beautiful cut, but there’s flowers for days with no option for solid colors.
    2. The avant garde…I can appreciate it, but can I have some everyday wearable pieces that I don’t have to fuss with or constantly adjust.
    3. T-shirts with sparkly bits allllll over. You don’t see that on non-plus size pieces, can I just have a cute t-shirt please?!?!?!
    4. Everything skinny…dammmit, I want my legs to breathe. We’re not all #skinnyjeans
    5. Tall women exist too, can we get pieces not designed for 5’7′ and under.

  124. 1. Bell sleeves ?! Like what the heck ? I’m a D cup and they make me look like a priest.
    2. Skinny jeans
    3. Shorts , sorry I’m a junky punky and have Greek thighs can’t do them either .
    4. Dresses that put the wazoo on display no thanks a little longer wouldn’t go astray .
    5. Asymmetrical cuts ? In all the wrong spots …
    6. Flared jackets that swing out at the hips .
    7. Mini jackets . I wear a bra so my boobs are covered don’t need little bolero style jackets to do this.
    8. Off the shoulder detached sleeve tops …. no comment just gross.
    9. White shirts with corsets in the middle … I’d rather wear a belt.
    10. Two piece bathing suits

  125. STRIPES! I mean duh! And when the top doesn’t hang down to cover your tummy properly but is cut short. What the? lol. And V necks with long sleeves, please. Far more flattering on bigger boobies.

  126. The shortage of tailored clothes in silk, wool, linen. There is a reason why I still have 10 to 20 year old pieces of Dana Bachman and Ellen Tracy in my closet. I don’t like Eileen Fisher at all — it isn’t made for my body type.

  127. 3/4 sleeves – as if I don’t already have a whole closet and drawer full of 3/4 sleeves that were supposed to be long sleeves, but were too short!! also shirts that barely hit the top of my pants – whatever happened to longer tops? at least tunics have come back and I have a chance at getting a top that is long enough.

  128. Can we please have a petite plus? Seriously, being plus doesn’t automatically mean I’m 5’9” I’m short and stacked. Can I get a dress that doesn’t come to my ankles or a top that I don’t have to roll up the sleeves. I can’t be the only chubby short girl out there!

  129. My complaint is why do the neck holes in shirts have to be so large. Just because we are large doesn’t mean our heads are fat! Sometimes you can find a normal “crew type” neck size, but normally they are huge. If I finally get gutsy enough to purchase one, I go home and take up the shoulder seam. Usually I can only take it up 1/2 — 3/4 inch but that’s enough to make a difference.

  130. My complaint is for the retailers of plus size clothing. Why do we have to be shuffled to the back of the store next to the maternity section? Are we really that much of an embarrassment that we need to be hidden? We are a powerful group of women with a lot of buying power! There are some stores I won’t shop at anymore because I feel like they don’t appreciate me as a woman in their store!

    • It is interesting to see how the tide is changing… We now have more plus size mannequins in stores, more ground space and inclusion. Still a long ways to go, but definitely some changes afoot!

  131. How about the butts……….mine is plenty wide but I have no buns, and my legs aren’t as big BUT all I can find is either the waist doesn’t fit (way too small) or I have the huge booty, neither 1 is correct for this girl. I’m large but not proportionate I guess at least not what the person the clothing is made for, or the designer thinks.

  132. I know this post is old BUT I’d like to add that I’m sick of jeans having so much extra fabric in the “fupa” area. I realize a lot of plus sized women carry weight right there but I don’t. So when I buy jeans I end up having this big bubble of fabric right there because I don’t have enough fat to fill that area. Also, my skinny jeans never fit right on my ankle. It’ll be a lot of bunched up fabric gathered at the bottom because I guess they assume plus sized women can’t have skinny ankles? I’m glad they started coming out with “curvy” jeans for plus sized people but I still run into these problems even with that!

  133. 1. Pants are always too long in the crotch. My crotch did not get longer when I gained weight.
    2. I hate all of these 3/4 length sleeves!
    3. Bras – what a nightmare. Not all larger girls have big chests. When I was thinner, the cups fit me, but plus size no way. What if you are a 46 between A and B cup, what are you supposed to do?

  134. Two words: Floral patterns. Whyyyyyyy do designers insist that I look like my grandma’s curtains?

    Other things that need to go away:
    3/4 sleeves
    Cold shoulders
    Plunging necklines
    Deceptively-cute dresses that turn out to be freaking jumpsuits every dang time
    General frumpiness

  135. I agree 100%. I’ve been complaining about the 3/4 sleeves for years, the watered down replica’s of skinny wear clothes and it’s so aggravating. It also includes wide calf boots, they need to put that huge, thick stretch fabricc on half the boot and make the front part leather? I’m over it! It feels like a punishment, like just because i’m plus sized I don’t get the details and choices I want. I have always wanted to make clothes but i’m not a seamstress and do not know how. Ibwish I did though, my clothes would rock, especially for petite plus size like me. I always need to cut and figure out a way to make things fit because I am short and plus size!

  136. GREAT ARTICLE!!! NAILED my pet peeves. By the way I found this article because I Googled…”why do all plus size clothes have 3/4 length sleeves?” Absolutely no imagination or style in more than half the styles I see. Time to start designing my own.

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