Tuesday, October 30, 2012

WTF is Wrong with This Picture?!

I was browsing Nordstrom women's sweaters today on my "lunch" break.  I put no restrictions on my search (for size, color, price, etc.).  This popped up and caught my eye . . . not because the turtleneck is cute (cause it ain't), but because I happened to see the word PLUS underneath the picture.  This is plus-sized, ladies.  Don't believe me?  Pic found here.


I am shocked & appalled.  We are calling women who look like this "plus sized?"  No wonder American women have such severe body image issues!  Honestly, I don't think "plus sized" should even be a thing . . . why can't clothes just come in a variety of sizes without being relegated to a PLUS section?  Shop for clothes with a side of stigma!  But if it is gonna be a thing, then it damn sure shouldn't look like this.  This sends a very clear message to women who are the same size or bigger than the woman above: YOU ARE PLUS SIZED.  YOU ARE OUTSIDE THE RANGE WE DEEM "NORMAL."

In what deluded world is that woman outside the range of sizes most clothing stores sell?  Sickening.

23 comments:

Kim @ wanderlustee.com said...

UGH! hate this!! you are so right...i dont even know why we have sizes like we do in the USA. it should just be a number ... or hey, i wouldnt mind a woman's "big and tall" like a mens. lol. not that i want to be classified as "big" and tall..but the tall, there's no denying!

The Poppy Creative said...

Couldnt agree with this more Miss Claire. Its a sad state. And she is no way near a 'larger' woman. UGH. What are we teaching the young girls? Really.

Lindsey said...

Like I said. If this is plus, I'm morbidly obese. It's a sick world we live in.

FLOATTTTTTTT!

Helene said...

wow!! that makes me IRATE! no that is not. then i'm a huge cow. weird.

meghan said...

Oh Lord. That's terrible. We really are encouraging body image issues, but I think that just must be an error?! Hopefully.

danielle and dinosaur toes said...

yeah, i completely agree with you. i know women who wear plus-sized clothes and they don't look like her. i mean, honestly, i know women who aren't plus-sized and still don't look like that model. it's so sad that there's such a ridiculous standard women hold themselves to based on pictures like that. and i agree, sizes should just go up, but no t be labeled as petite or plus, etc., because it's just one more thing to make someone feel abnormal.

undomestic chica said...

This is disgusting. You're right, it should just be size ___ rather than plus size. We don't call size zero "Way too f'in' skinny" or "smaller than average" so why do we need to label those who might wear a slightly bigger size. (And this in no way was intended to piss off any one who is a size zero.)

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Lindsey said...

Wouldn't it be fun if sizes were beautiful, gorgeous, fabulous, etc so when someone says what size do you wear you can say I'm size gorgeous.

Erin @ Sassin' Southern Style said...

I think it's just the same model in the listing for the "plus-sized" sweater as it is for the "regular-sized" sweater, but because stylists and companies can be cheap and lazy, they just use the same girl for both listings. I really think that's all it is, they just put a smaller girl in the "plus-sized" ad to make "plus-sized" girls subconsciously want to buy it because it makes this supposed "plus-sized" girl look not "plus-sized" (because she isn't). I also found this girl (http://tinyurl.com/8bs8jkf) in the "plus-sized" listings, but not even a blind man would confuse her as such.

{{How many times can I write "plus-sized" with these quotation marks?}}
I kind of equate it to how the mannequins in stores are often wearing the smallest size of an item, and then it's still pinned in the back; because not many size 4 women looks at a size 14 on the mannequin and think, "that would look good on me," if it's draped poorly over some size 00 mannequin. I'm not saying any of it is correct or proper (or that I'm articulating it well because really, I should be studying med chem and not reading blogs), I'm just saying that's what I think.


(Sorry, I had to edit. That long URL was killing me.)

Erin @ Sassin' Southern Style said...

Oh, and I realize the same model isn't in a "regular" listing at present time, but my whole tirade is based on the fact that I have seen the same model in "regular" and "plus" listings before.

Azia said...

Sharing this on Facebook... out of control RIDICULOUS

Christina Monique said...

Wow. :(

6 in Love said...

Completely outrageous. Thanks for posting. I agree with your thoughts. What a shame!

Meri said...

I never even considered it, but it is obnoxious that there is a "separate" section called plus- men don't have that, do they?

Deals, Steals and Heels said...

as a person who always needs TALL items, i get irrationally annoyed when there is a separate petite section in the store, but NOT one for tall people.

and that girl's head might actually be "plus-sized"...it's HUGE.

this free bird said...

I have mixed feelings about this. First, that woman is nowhere NEAR plus-sized. Second, I hear you on why the label in the first place. But third, recently I started working on a Chief Merchandiser's search (I'm a recruiter) and have been talking to a lot of excellent merchants. Some of them have both 'regular' and what they would call 'plus size' experience. The product development focus for plus size is, apparently, a little different. They want the garment to be tailored in such a way that it slims the woman and makes her feel more comfortable. It seems to take a bit more focus and, in some cases, better material to produce a garment. A lot of the people have been out of the intimates space, too but also in RTW.

I realize I sound like a real sh*thead know it all right now, but I promise I'm not trying to. Just wanted to share some info I've recently learned that made me respect and understand the production process more. Still not a fan of the label though. And no way in hell is that model plus size. And I don't think it's fair or fun for people, particularly women, of a certain size to have to go to a separate section or special store. Would be a lot better if we all shopped together, no matter what our size, and just supported each other. For reals.

Megan said...

I completely agree why do we need labels?? I would definitely be considered plus sized by the fashion industry which doesn't bother me as much as when magazines try to make us so called plus sized people feel better by saying where real women um hello who are these fake women they speak of?? We are all real, with real bodies whether we are a size zero or size 20 lets embrace that instead!

Jenny said...

I was a part of this "plus-sized" modeling world for a little bit. I modeled and was considered a plus-size model, and honestly, didn't care one bit. BUT, is it kinda ridiculous? Absolutely. Just because I'm curvier and have bigger breast, hips and a softer stomach I am deemed PLUS.

Faiza said...

If that is plus sized than I am ++++sized!

Ridiculous!

Erin {pughs' news} said...

What complete and utter bullshit!

Thanks for sharing this, Claire. I couldn't agree with you more.

drollgirl said...

ugh. she is probably a size 2 or 4. jesus.

one reason i don't shop all that much on gilt is they mostly carry stuff from size 2-8. they will carry a size 10 or larger on a crazy day. anyone else is outta bounds. so that takes this chick out of the running for many designer clothes. sometimes it annoys me, but i can't really afford much designer stuff anyway! BUT STILL. jesus. people are people no matter what size they are, and pretty much most women want to look cute and stylish, no matter what size they are.

OH! and another i'd like to tell the fashion world: YOU'D MAKE A LOT MORE MONEY IF YOU STARTED DESIGNING FOR THE MASSES. seriously! i think the average woman in the USA is a size 14. she needs clothes. and so do all women of all sizes. DUH! GET ON IT.

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

Ugh! That's no where close to plus size!