Recently plus-size retailer Roaman’s posted four stripe patterns on Facebook with the request “Help us choose a new stripe pattern for our ultimate tees collection! Which one is your favorite?” Patterns 1-3 are horizontal strips of varying widths. Pattern 4 is a diagonal stripe pattern.
I have my frustrations with Roaman’s, in particular their use of models who are too small to actually wear their clothes, but I appreciate that they reached out to their customer base to ask about preferences. And their customer base responded – some to give a preference, and some to tell them what all fat women do/should want to wear, or to reinforce the idea that people should value looking as thin as possible. Some examples:
4 if I have to choose. Vertical is more slimming for a big girl.
4. Only because it doesn’t t go around. It has a little angle to it. Big people usually try and stay away from strip unless it is top to bottom
None. You trying to make big women look bigger?–How about lines that go up and down instead of across. Lines going across makes one look bigger.–4- because stripes that go across broad bodies like mine are not flattering at all.–4……horizontal stripes fail to flatter the majority of plus size women…..and while you are at it, be generous with the sleeve length. I am guessing that the majority of your customer demographic does not have young firm arms…–Big & Beautiful women need vertical stripes, all you ever sell is horizontal.–None. Stripes should be vertical for full figures.–bigger women shouldnt wear these stripes at all, it empasizes ones figure–NO horizontal stripes for BIG GIRLS, please!–heavy set people don’t look good in stripes or big flowers–Nobody looks good with stripes going around a big stomach or butt!–None of those stripes! Vertically for heavy women!!! It makes them look thinner!–none stripes in a row make you look fat.–
Often confusing their opinions with fact, these women declare themselves the enforcers of fatshion – telling other fat women how they should dress, sometimes even suggesting that if fat women don’t dress in ways that are “slimming” or “flattering” – or do dress in ways that draw attention to them – that they deserve any poor treatment that they get. This perpetuates the dangerously absurd idea that the solution to bullying is for those being bullied to do what their bullies want, rather than to end bullying.
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