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Dear Department Stores

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This isn’t food, but this happened today and I’m really angry. I just needed to get it off my chest and, well, this is the loudest platform I have!

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Dear Department Stores Everywhere,

Hi, it’s me, the mom with the almost 12-year-old tween who spent hours in store and online today searching for the perfect daddy daughter dance dress. My daughter is so excited for her final daddy daughter dance and had been looking forward to our shopping trip all week long. She’s in sixth grade now and her dad is still the apple of her eye, her hero, her protector. Even though her friends are creeping in, her computer and phone calling to her after dinner instead of sitting to watch the newest shows with us, she is still enough of a little girl to be excited for this dance. She’s even been planning how to convince her dad to buy a matching tie to whatever dress color she chooses.

My daughter is a beautiful girl, inside and out. She loves to dance and does it like no one is watching. She takes three dance classes each week and when she’s not in class she’s playing music and making up her own choreography. She’s active and fun and a budding young woman, one that I am so proud of. She’s also not rail thin, nor will she ever be. She comes from a long line of beautiful and curvy women and while her body and mind is still that of a young girl, she’s starting to show signs of the woman she will become.

Unfortunately, to my dismay, she couldn’t find anything she liked at Justice. While I have dislike for that store for other reasons (mainly that my credit cards cannot handle the cost), I like that they have sizes up to 20, and half sizes in between. Nothing is labeled “plus” or “XXL” so my daughter can usually find stylish clothes she likes that fit and not think twice about her size. Because Justice didn’t have anything she liked, we had to move onto department stores.

And that’s when I got so very, very angry. And hurt. And sad…and then angry all over again.

Macy’s, Nordstrom’s, Sears, JC Penny, and Kohls stop their “big girls” sizes at 16. After 16, if you can even find them in the store, they’re called “plus sizes” and range from 18-plus to 20-plus. At Macy’s we couldn’t find anything bigger than a 16 on the regular racks.

In case you were wondering, “big boys” clothing goes up to size 20. Let that sink in for a second.

After nothing could be found in the girls section, we tried Juniors. Now, to remind you, my daughter is 11 (almost 12) and in the 6th grade. Junior clothing has change a whole lot since I was a kid, according to the dress selection at Macy’s. Next year my daughter will get to dress up for boy-girl dances wearing dresses with cutouts and that need special underwear that won’t show.

I then went online to find dresses that will fit her, in the “plus section” of the websites.

JC Penny, Kohls, and Sears had a good selection of “18 Plus” dresses. Yes, that’s what the size is; not 18 but “18 Plus”.

If you’re over size 16 at Macy’s you’re out of luck unless you want jeans or a school uniform.

And if you love shopping at Nordstrom, forget it unless you’re looking for a flower girl gown.

At the end of the day, after spending hours in store and online, I spent over $200 on dresses (in case the one she liked doesn’t fit right) and expedited shipping costs, and I was angry. Oh, so very angry. And sad.

When I was Jordan’s age I was in her same predicament. I wasn’t rail thin like my friends. I had a little extra fluff but wasn’t a big girl, yet I couldn’t shop in the regular section of the store. Instead, I had to find the section with the big “PLUS SIZE” sign over it, the one that was in the corner of the department store with the plate glass windows, overlooking the busy street.

29 years later, in this age of empowering girls, I am shocked and saddened that nothing has changed. Girls are still being told, as young as 10, that there is something different about not fitting into size 7-16. Girls at age 12 are still growing. Their bodies are changing and here we are, in 2017, still telling them that they’re fat if they’re not the status quo. That being bigger than a size 16 before you’re ready to move onto juniors clothing is bad. That it’s okay for boys to be a size 18 or 20, but not girls.

Shame on the department stores, the fashion industry, the magazines, and everyone who has allowed this behavior to continue. My daughter is beautiful, my daughter is strong, and I’m going to do everything in my power to make her know it. Shame on you for not helping me do it.

Sincerely,

Moms of daughters, everywhere

Me and my girl

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  1. I wish this wouldn’t have happened. I wish our world was different. And more than anything, I wish I could give you both huge hugs. Your girl is the sweetest, the most delightful kid. I adore her. And you.

  2. You pretty much just described my childhood. Never being able to shop at the same storms as my friends unless I found an XL Abercrombie and Fitch hoodie. I fear that things have only gotten worse since I was there. Despite this very disheartening shopping trip I hope she has a wonderful time at the dance. โค

  3. Good lord, you have had a time of it. My goodness, and I can somewhat relate to what you’re going through because at 9 years old, Skylar is 5 feet. And so we shopping in the women’s clothing section at Target, Nordstrom, etc. for her. Some things that are women’s are age appropriate for her, they’re universal. Others…are not. She wears and XS or S ladies swimsuit and for our last trip, I cannot tell you how many we tried on because they are ridic skimpy – either as a grown woman or as a 9 yr old. Why is clothes shopping so hard for our daugthers! I love this post and hope that Jordan has an awesome time at the dance and that you get a dress that fits!

    • Yes! I had this exact experience last year with my 14 yr old. She developed breasts at 10 & by last year was wearing a 32 DD. It was almost an impossibility to find a suit small enough to fit her size small (Jr’s) bottom and a modest top. She didn’t want a bikini because she’s been sexually harassed by boys for the past 4 years and she’s become extremely modest because of these experiences. I wasn’t about to buy her 99 % of the tops & bottoms that would fit since they all looked like something one of the Kardashians would wear. The situation was frustring & infuriating for both of us and I left the store fuming. Designers & clothing stores need to wake up and join this century. It’s so not cool to force young girls & women to go through this every time we need to shop.

  4. Your daughter is beautiful and fortunate to your love and support.

  5. Preach. You know what I was lamenting the other day, all of the close I buy for G in her “size” (you know, the size she should be when I order online) are HUGE. Like are you joking, HUGE. Yet about the time they know longer are in the little girls section, the sizes are microscopic. WTF happens in between? Are our expected to develop anorexia in 4th grade or something? I’m not sure how this works out. I’m tempted to compare sizes, because I’m pretty sure all of the size 6 little girls pants I just bought have the same size waist, if not larger, than a L in older girls. I just can’t even. I’ve been blessed that my oldest just lives in sweats and athletic gear, until you need to find a dress. HA. HA HA HA. Let’s just say dressing a 5’9″ 13 year old girl, yeah, that’s a whole other argument. I’ll shut up now. I just lament this BS daily.

  6. I’m so sorry that you AND Jordan had to go through that. I’m glad you had a forum to get out some of your frustration. You are right; nothing has changed. I had the same issue 50 yrs ago!!!

  7. AMEN! I get so frustrated shopping for dresses for my girls! Notwithstanding the whole “plus” size issue (hello! Let’s make girls feel bad about themselves as soon as possible! Why do they even need to say “PLUS?”) I can NEVER find a dress that is modest! They are all too short. And once they start shopping in the Junior’s section, the dresses just get shorter and more and more “inappropriate.” At a junior high school play, there was a 13-year-old very voluptuous girl wearing an extremely revealing dress that sexualized her in a way that was SO disheartening to me. I wondered how her mother let her out of the house that way. (Shame on me for judging). But maybe she just couldn’t find anything to buy at the store. Maybe we should start a petition about this. I’m totally serious. Then we could send it to all the major department stores on behalf of all the moms and girls who just want to act their age and feel beautiful without having a derogatory label slapped on them, or who have to spend hours and hours shopping and scouring the internet for something appropriate to wear to a daddy daughter dance.

  8. Girl I had that same issue when I was kid and I am turning 40 tomorrow.. I was a girl with hips and boobs coming early .. I always felt FAT having to buy larger shirts and jeans to accommodate my body.. Its almost as though as girls we are being taught its not ok to have curves any more.. I don’t get when being feminine became a crime…

  9. 50 years ago-I was humiliated to shop in “chubby” sizes at Sears.๐Ÿ˜”

  10. I agree 100%!! Same thing goes for men’s clothing. Do you see a plus size men’s clothing department at Target? Nope cause only women are plus size…men are just normal I guess.
    I feel that there is a HUGE market that is being totally overlooked in tween (and young teen) girls and boys. They don’t want to buy clothes with butterflies and superheroes on them but the clothes at the teen clothing stores don’t fit and are quite often inappropriate. They are low cut, skin tight, revealing and skimpy. It’s frustrating every time we go shopping. My girls often buy guys t-shirts and sweatshirts so that they feel more comfortable.

  11. Your post is so on-point. I have a 12-year old daughter that dances 10+ hours a week and she is not fat, but she is a big girl. For several years now we have struggled to find decent clothes that really fit her that are age-appropriate. I feel your pain because we recently needed a dress for a family wedding and went through the exact same ordeal at the mall and the department stores. I finally got online and ordered several dresses at JCP just so she would have a few choices, but it is disheartening that they don’t carry these things in the store. She mainly wears leggings and t-shirts to school but recently told me she wanted to start wearing nicer clothes, and I cringed inside because I’m not sure we can really find things that she will like to wear that fit her.

  12. Yes yes yes yes! From the girl who was 5′ 10′ in 6th grade and hate shopping with friends for these reasons. I felt like a freak of nature. I’m still working on getting past all the negative self talk I began then and never stopped…

  13. I had the same problem as a kid. I stuck to jeans and t-shirts forever. While the selections are better now, it comes with the Plus Size, in addition to the Pretty and Plump and Xtra Special (yes names of stores). Some Macys even have the “plus” size in a separate store outside the main store (make sure others dont see you). The Macys that was at Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights had the “Womens” in their store across the street with baby things, household stuff and mens clothing.

  14. Hi Dorothy!! I agree totally with you. I feel so sad to think the both of you had to go through this. And, especially Jordan. I know how it feels. Jordan is a beautiful young lady. God bless her. Aside from the shopping experience, I hope she finds a dress that she likes and has a great time with dad at the dance!! Good luck!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. I can’t believe that at this age, where we have articles everywhere about empowering girls, it’s still the same. And for young girls too…

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  16. Yes – I am all kinds of rage-y about this. Why the “plus size” labeling for women/girls and not men? And society wonders why we have self esteem issues. Shame on clothing manufacturers and department stores for continuing to contribute to this nonsense.

  17. I may not have a daughter with size issues my son who has been bigger his life has had the same issue. In 4th grade we had to start shopping men because boys sizes didnt fit right. The struggle is real. To give our kids the confidence with thier given bodies. I know my son and your daughter will grow up to great at whatever they.

  18. I will be honest, this never occurred to me. But wow, thanks for bringing it to my attention. The fact that the boys clothes go up to a 20 and the girls only to 16? Total gender discrimination!

  19. How frustrating! It’s no wonder women have body issues when stores label clothing that way, there is nothing PLUS about her size and since when does going from a 16 to an 18 make it a plus anyhow? I agree, so many of the items out there are inappropriate even for older girls and young women.

    Jordan is beautiful inside and out and I know she will have a wonderful time at the Daddy Daughter Dance. I hope she finds the perfect dress…

  20. It is the same for women. It feels like the department stores and designers think they can “shame” us into becoming a smaller size. Regardless of size, all women’s and girls clothes should be together. There should not be a separate section depending on size. Luckily your daughter has you! You will make sure she knows she is beautiful inside and out.

  21. ugh ugh UGH! That is seriously so ridiculous. I’m so glad you wrote this, and I seriously hope some changes happen by the time I have kiddos old enough, and I’m so sorry for you and Jordan that you had to go through this. It shouldn’t have been so hard. Jordan is not large by ANY means. It’s ridiculous. (Also-don’t even get me started on how ridiculous Juniors clothes are now, I still sometimes shop Juniors but I’ve been forced to stop because all of a sudden everything is SO short, and/or cropped, or sheer, or with no backs or cut outs and girl I NEED A BRA. I hate it and it’s ridiculous that teenagers have practically only these options for clothes now…like…what?!)

  22. I am so sorry that you and Jordan had to deal with this. This reminds me all too much of my childood. I remember being 12 and needing a nice outfit some school event and due to sizing, my mother helped me schlop together an ill fitting outfit from the women’s department. I was disappointed and uncomfortable. I also remember my first homecoming dance in high school and the dress that I loved didn’t come in my size. Bless my mother, we bought the biggest size and she took me to have it altered and made bigger (which was entirely embarrassing) just so I could wear the dress. I feel for you and Jordan so deeply in my heart. Something definitely has to be done.

  23. Yes to ALL of this. Ellia and I are entering into the same exact stage and I dread those shopping experiences and inevitably heartbreaking conversations. Jordan is so lucky to have a mom like you….time for the moms of tweets everywhere to band together โค๏ธ

  24. I’m so sorry you had this experience. Retailers need to be aware of their sizing and terminology. But I’m sad that you included the line “My daughter is not overweight. She is not heavy. She is beautiful…” What I heard reading that (and I could be wrong) is that you cannot be both. If you want your daughter to feel beautiful and strong and in no way shamed for her size, don’t the “heavy” girls deserve the same?

  25. While a “store bought” dress is nice, Sewing a dress for the occasion is better. You can pick out the material and are able to adjust the pattern to have the type of look that is appropriate for the age – AND guess what?? No one else will have the same dress. My mom made a lot of my clothes from the time I was young & skinny and up to when I couldn’t find anything that fit as I “blossomed”. She was a talented seamstress and I got to design the dresses to what I wanted.

  26. Amen to you for writing this article. My 9 yr old is a size 14 and NOTHING fits right! And oh yes, she notices the sizes and compares herself with her friends. My heart breaks for all girls out there that are bombarded with unreasonable expectations of beautiful. : (

  27. You go, girl! And I’m with Melissa – lets start a petition!!! My daughter had big boobs by 12 (on a 5′ frame) and has such a hard time finding clothes that are fashionable but not “woo-woo – look at ME!” I work in a department store, so I see all the juniors clothes coming in, and everything is “Super skinny” or just so flimsy and skimpy that the only girls who could look decent in them are rail thin and not going through puberty yet. Curvy girls are out of luck,

  28. Maybe you should have made the dress. Do it together as a mother -daughter project. You could have made it extra special by not letting her daddy see it until the dance. I know not all woman know how to sew any more as this art is gone in most cases. But you do have the knowledge of the internet and as a team I sure most could make it work. If she still has grandparents maybe one of them could help. Screw the box stores.

  29. This problem has been around since I was growing up in the 50’s and 60’s. I had it too. Even a friend whose daughter is tiny has a difficult time finding clothes that are not too short or low-cut. Mothers of boys have clothes issues too. My son was 5’8″ at the end of 6th grade and 6’2″ in 8th grade. I spent all m time (and money) shopping.

  30. This problem has been around since I was growing up in the 50’s and 60’s. I had it too. Even a friend whose daughter is tiny has a difficult time finding clothes that are not too short or low-cut. Mothers of boys have clothes issues too. My son was 5’8″ at the end of 6th grade and 6’2″ in 8th grade. I spent all m time (and money) shopping.

  31. Try Lane Bryant next time (www.lanebryant.com). They specialize in sizes 14-28 and do not have sizes like XXL or label it 18 plus. It’s my favorite store to shop for clothes because they have great sales and beautiful stuff each season.

  32. GRRRR!! SO not okay! Putting people in boxes will never work- we weren’t created that way! We were made in our own, unique, equally beautiful forms and saying (or insinuating!) something different is degrading and just plain untrue! Please tell Jordan (from another girl) that she is stunning inside and out and don’t let anyone ever tell her otherwise! ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

  33. Thank you for writing this Dorothy. Jordan is beautiful and, from what you’ve shared with me about her, so full of life, just like her mom. I don’t have a daughter yet, but I hope that if I do, I can be as proud and strong of a mom as you. I know that Jordan is going to look stunning at her dance, and I hope she has a wonderful time!

  34. The clothes out there for pre-teen and teen girls are ridiculous. My 16-year-old is pretty large chested and had a horrible time finding a bathing suit that looked good and that she felt comfortable in (and that her dad and I would actually let her wear). We ended up buying her swim team bathing suits at a sporting goods store. Not quite what she was looking for, but at least they keep her covered. She actually wrote a blog entry about this because it bothered her. If you’re interested in her perspective, her blog is at punfiltered.wordpress.com. I’ll leave the link here.
    https://punfiltered.wordpress.com/2015/07/11/the-unsung-inequality-of-teen-girls-bathing-suits-2/

  35. It does suck buying plus size clothes but maybe instead of bitching about it on the internet you could figure out what you can do to help your child make better life choices with diet and exercise.

    • My child is NOT plus sized. She does not need to diet and lose weight; the problem is that the manufacturers, designers, stores, and fashion industry has decided that if you’re bigger than a size 16 as a girl you’re fat. My daughter has a long and solid torso and is becoming a woman, yet is being told by the industry that she’s “plus” when she’s growing into herself. Boys sizing goes up to a 20, why can’t girls? And why, when they go to the juniors section, do clothes sizes run backwards, so that a size 1 can fit a 5 year old (I’m being serious)? And in juniors, where she’s now supposed to shop, I guess, everything is low cut and revealing and short. She’s 12 and wants to look like a 12 year old. In the future there is a “scroll” button, in case you didn’t know. Don’t agree? Move on.

  36. Me. Just sitting here. Nodding in agreement the whole time I’m reading this post. All too familiar…

  37. YES! I have a short, busty, curvy daughter and cannot find much to fit her at ALL. She does not like revealing clothes, so that shoots about half the inventory.

  38. Yep, I remember the experience extremely well as a kid and know it (among other things) still affects the way I view my body today. I’ll never forget finally getting a pair of jeans from the womens section when I was in middle school because there were no other options. They were super long, but they fit around the waist. Makes you feel so terrible. Sadly, I only think sizes have gotten even smaller, especially for juniors. I’m surprised to hear Jordan had that issue because in no way does she look “plus sized” or even close to it. It’s not just the department stores, but the designers that make the clothing sizes. I’m so glad Jordan has you for a mom, rallying behind her and supporting her. Nothing could be more important for her. I hope she finds the perfect dress, that Mel gets the matching tie and that they have a fabulous time at the dance!

  39. I seemed to make the transition myself fairly easily, but I was a tomboy so was mostly wearing jeans and t-shirts. My daughter was slender enough, but tall. It was difficult to a point, but mostly we were just careful with what we bought. I never had to buy her a dress for a dance, and we didn’t shop at Macy’s or Sears or any of the more popular stores.
    That said, I understand what you are saying and I fully agree! Sizing needs to be updated, desperately. And it needs to be consistent! Clothing is already expensive, and when you put qualifiers on them such as “plus size”, it only serves to milk our wallets more. In a time where we have to watch that what we are allowing our daughters to wear isn’t age inappropriate, or pushes the boundaries of morality, we don’t need to be worrying about a stupid tag on a skirt or a dress creating body issues. And judging by your photo, your daughter looks beautiful and healthy and not at all in the “plus” range.

  40. While reading this I realized how lucky we were in France to have a clothing industry that has not yet started to make young people feel too big. Here, the sizes are given regarding age, so when you are 14 yo and you wear 16, it just means that you started to grow up a little earlier than the average, no that you are big or anything else. I gess it has a lot of impact on the kids, since it gives much more confidence to young boys or girls to tell them that they are in advance rather than to tell them they are big!

  41. Hi Dorothy,

    This is my first time commenting on your blog — isn’t it interesting how a non-recipe post was the push I needed!? Let me begin by saying that your writing style is approachable and down-to-earth, and your recipes are absolutely mouthwatering. I should know; I’ve made a few!

    I commend you for bringing your perspective and platform to this very timely issue which really underscores so many societal stigmas related to size, beauty, gender, and self-worth. Your daughter is absolutely beautiful and SO lucky to have a Mama who endeavors to support the development of healthy body image.

    As a 27 year-old who has struggled with disordered eating and exercise (perhaps, that’s too much to share in this forum, but no regrets now!), and who is trying to embrace an intuitive and holistic approach to health and wellness, there are a few things I have noticed about many of the blogs I subscribe to that seem to perpetuate the assumption that “skinny” is favorable and “fat” is bad. For instance, labeling recipes as “skinny” inherently implies that a certain body type is advantageous (Are there other labels to utilize that imply a recipe has greater nutritional value?), suggesting that one must run X miles in order to compensate for all the food they’ve prepared for a blog post, or suggesting that a certain recipe will necessitate that one “puts on their fat jeans” after eating it, continues to fuel this expectation that women, in particular, should endeavor to be small. You’ve got a beautiful family, inside and out, and I absolutely love reading your blog, so I’m curious to hear your thoughts and/ or those of other bloggers. I continue to remind myself, every day, that my weight or the size of my pants does not determine my worth. Thank you, Dorothy!

    • I am guilty of using the term “skinny” for recipes, and I cringe every time. I try not to anymore but sometimes…I know it’s done for search purposes (those posts do better on social media) but you’re so right – it’s such a bad word to use. I’m going to try and be better about it!

  42. Way to go MOM!!!! Our Society seems to go out of it’s to make sure EVERYONE feels included except to young girls who don’t conform to the Barbie Doll image.. Your daughter is so lucky to have you in her corner

  43. I actually had the opposite problem growing up and into adulthood. I am 5’6″ but for years was barely over 100 lbs. It wasn’t for lack of eating – I could out eat anyone! When I was a teenager size 1 was sometimes too big but 0 and 00 were rare (or adult clothes). In my late 20s I could still shop at Justice (Limited Too) but the styles were a little young. Now my metabolism has finally slowed down and I can wear grown up clothes! LOL (I’m in my mid 40s now) But I still have a hard time finding curvy pants because I do have hips! I fear my niece is going to go through the same thing. And my best friend’s mother is only 4’9″. Petite doesn’t really fit her so she often has to shop in the kid’s section. Same for shoes. Do you know how hard it is to find grown up looking shoes for a 60 y.o. in the kid’s section??? ๐Ÿ™ It would be really nice if manufacturers understood that women (and girls) come in ALL SHAPES AND SIZES, not just stick!!! I hope Jordan likes her dress(es). ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Oh, and the only place my mother could find narrow shoes was JC Penny’s. I still have problems with shoes. My toe box is normal but my heel is non existent. *sigh*

  44. Department stores should just have sizes 0-25 (and up maybe) all together in the same department. Girls 0-25, Juniors 0-25, women’s 0-25, sportswear 0-25, evening dresses 0-25 etc. Not sure why they don’t . People come in all sizes. I don’t know why they would segregate 14/16 and up into a plus sized section. I hope Jordan continues to know how truly beautiful she is. I think she will. All her family and friends think she’s beautiful inside and out. PS. And while their at it, everything needs to come in short, regular and tall sizes. Many things are too short for me at 5’8″. Imagine how frustrated my 5’10” and 5’9″ inch daughters get trying to buy things long enough. And, they were this height at 13.

  45. You BOTH are beautiful! I, too, was and never will never be rail thin or anything under a size 12. It is MOST depressing that some things have never changed in all these years. And retailers wonder why we are migrating from their doors!
    I vote with my feet and wallet. I won’t shop at the retailers any longer.

  46. I too would get angry when shopping for my two sons. I would find lots of “husky” or “relaxed” but try finding slim waist with long length. My oldest was under weight for years and would be teased for it. . Clothes manufacturers need to stop making clothes for their ideal image of perfect and start making them for real people.

  47. Hi from Australia.

    When reading this I thought you were telling me about a day I had recently with my 12 year old who is in grade 6 too and wears an adult size 14 and is well over 5′ 4in. (not sure what that is in the USA). Tears were abundant and this was not just from her. It is a sad situation that is world wide. I hope the department stores and their designers are listening.

  48. In my opinion, it has gotten worse over the years because they have kept the same numbering system but have made the sizes smaller. An XL now is probably what a Medium use to be 25 years ago. I’ve never figured out why or what’s the purpose. People still have to buy clothes so what is gained except low self esteem by them continuing to make things smaller when the population continues to enlarge. Applause to you for continuing to remind your daughter what a beautiful and active person she is and for finding the perfect dress for this wonderful evening with her Dad and hero. I hope she has a marvelous evening and feels like she is the princess she is. ๐Ÿ™‚

  49. BRAVO Dorothy!! When I was younger I was not overweight or overly tall, but I had curves. Mom had to shop in the Women’s section for me when I was about your daughter’s age. Yes – we went through the XL/XXL sizing issues too. I am now in the same boat with my daughter who is petite but curvy. NOTHING fits!!! What’s with the pants that don’t cover behinds, and the shirts that don’t cover chests. It’s no wonder girls and women have trouble loving themselves! Fortunately Mom taught me to sew. It used to be cheaper to make your own clothes, but that is no longer the case. I have become a master at alterations. But I hate spending the large sums to cover the prices that are charged for women’s clothing only to have to hem, tuck, dart, pleat, etc. to get the clothes to fit properly. Thank you for sounding off about this issue – and for letting me do the same. Good luck to you!!

  50. We live in Canada and it’s the same problem here. The Justice store does carry up Size 20 but only in shirts, there are very few styles of pants in size 18 & 20. Dresses are not available and if they do exist they are so inappropriate for a 13 year old. My daughter has a few curves but is not over weight or underweight – just right for her. But we have to go all over the place to find anything that she likes and it fits. I had the same problem when my son was going into a size 18, we had a store called Zellers and they carried that size but after they closed we had to go across the border to find size 18 & 20. As an adult, I find it’s very hard to find clothes to fit as well. Manufacturer’s need to wake up and actually make clothing that fits a variety of different body types for everyone. Thank-you for posting your story!

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