Am I ‘Plus’-Sized or Just Normal?

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I more or less wear a UK size 16; I have a planet-sized ass, a smaller waist and a pair of melons on my chest. A size 16 doesn’t always accommodate my body brilliantly, sometimes an 18 is a much more comfortable fit over my bum; yet finding the clothes I want in the size I need becomes a bit of a confidence kicker.

Why am I made to feel different wearing a ‘plus’ size when UK average women’s size is a size 16 and up? And why does it have to lead to most women shopping a different section?

I’m considered plus size but I don’t consider myself larger than others or myself as fat, despite what media and society says.

Picture this; I bet you’ll also be very familiar with this situation as much as I am; so, you walk into any high-street shop, you have an occasion to look fiiine for, or you just wander into the New Look or Topshop around the corner from work on your lunch break after payday, you see a couple items of clothing you love and think would look fab-u-lous on you with that pair of boots you need an excuse to wear more. You then pick up said item from the front of the clothes rack to check the size hoping it’s yours, it’s a size 6, “there’s no way that’ll fit me” you think, so you scroll through the rack one by one that will fit you. Past the handfuls of size eights and tens, at the very back there is just one in your size, if any at all. And that happens again and again with different clothes or stores, eurghhhh.

Yeah, obviously it makes total sense to put the clothes in an order, however, why is it the smallest sizes on mannequins, on display, on the racks? Because the first thing you see has the be aesthetically appealing, yet apparently that isn’t anything above a size ten. When I, and all women, shouldn’t have to feel restricted on what will look beautiful on them, on what stores and magazines etc tell them what you can and can’t wear. Doesn’t this sound all so unfair when most of us wear sizes up from a size ten?

Personally I think this should mean that women larger than the mannequins at the front of the store should be accommodated to and celebrated more. But, as we already know, fashion isn’t like that, never has been, and will continue to not be for a while longer because there is still a stigma where any size twelve or above is considered out of the ordinary and this isolating term we are all aware of; ‘plus’. When really, isn’t this ‘plus’ term, just referring to to the norm? Normal women, normal sizes, who shouldn’t be shoved into their own, separate category for being the norm.

The women modelling for plus-size ranges have beautiful bodies; well, obviously, that’s why they’re models; yet they, and all other women a size twelve and over are being alienated, to feel like they’re different, and to have to shop under the ‘plus’ label. Oh if only the plus didn’t refer to someone’s size, if only it referred to being extra fabulous.

Women are all beautiful. Femininity should be loved, in all forms, shapes and sizes.

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