Why do Designers of BBW Clothing Think we are Just Bigger?

United States
December 30, 2006 7:15pm CST
It seems that designers of BBW clothing fail to realize that BBW's are not just a bigger model of smaller sizes. Our body shapes are different as well. Our bodies are shaped differently too. If you design a shirt that is one specific shape, it won't fit all people. There is pear-shaped, apple-shaped, and hourglass-shaped. I have to alter most of my clothes. What fits me in the shoulder area will not fit me in the hip. So, I will purchase an article of clothing that fits at the hip area and then alter the shoulders. Dresses, skirts and slacks are always too long. I end up hemming them up a few inches. If a shirt or blouse is long-sleeved the arms are always too long. I know that other people have the same problems. Tall people usually have pants that aren't long enough in the leg. Shirts are too short. Why not be a little more diverse with designing clothing. How about a line for the pear-shaped figure, for the apple-shaped figure, or for the hourglass figure. For short people, for tall people and for those in between.
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30 responses
• Canada
31 Dec 06
And WHY do they think that plus-sized women want to have pictures of kittens, puppies and cottages on EVERY shirt and sweatshirt they own? Honestly!! I'm large chested (and admittedly self-conscious about it sometimes). If I'm buying a tee or a hoodie, I like to buy them oversize so that they are super comfortable. However, I'd like just a solid color without all that cutesy nonsense! I'm not a 4 year old!
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• United States
31 Dec 06
I loathe the large flower prints too. And what is with plaids, checks and stripes? We need to protest!
@Kaorin (757)
• Australia
31 Dec 06
Oh don't even get me started. I'm 5'2 and clothes designers seem to think the larger size you are, the taller you must be, which is totally not true! My pants usually have to be cuffed up several folds or hemmed up probably 2 or 3 inches at the least. It's very annoying, and pants shopping is almost impossible! I have an hourglass shape too, and I'm usually caught between clothes being too tight on my chest and hips and way too loose around my waist and back! Something needs to be done! Perhaps you should start fashion designing.
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@misskatonic (3727)
• United States
31 Dec 06
No fashion designers realize that women have different body shapes. I can never find clothes that fit me. I'm tall with broad shoulders and a large bust and large hips/butt, but I have a very narrow waist and skinny arms and legs. Nothing fits me properly. It's either too tight around the shoulders and bust, or it fits up top and then balloons out. And don't get me started on pants! They never fit me right anywhere! It's insane. I don't understand why fashion is more about art than practicality.
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• United States
31 Dec 06
I guess we are doomed. Maybe moomoos will come back into style. UGHHH. I remember when my mother would wear them. Thankfully I can sew. I one day hope to get a serger. This will allow me to work with fabrics other than woven. I love the supplty of blends.
• United States
31 Dec 06
If the designers would broaden the size ranges more we wouldn't have a problem.
@pookie92 (1714)
• United States
31 Dec 07
LOL, so true, so true! I am 5'1" on a GOOD HAIR DAY! I've been gone so long, you probably won't even remember me! I've spent YEARS trimming of 6 to 12 inches on slacks! LOL, I feel your pain! I've made a forum for plus size ladies where we address issues like this. Maybe you want to join us? http://biggerandbetter.forumotion.com/index.htm So much has happened in the last year, here is to 2008 being a MUCH better one.
• United States
1 Jan 08
Hello Pookie!!! Yes I do remember you! I was surprised to see you back! Hope you are doing well. I will check out this site. Thanks for dropping by, and don't be a stranger!
@wahmoftwo (1298)
• United States
1 Jan 07
That is really an awesome idea!!! Do you sew?
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• United States
1 Jan 07
I do sew and now have a couple of books on how to alter clothing.
• United States
1 Jan 07
I have always said that I wanted to be a clothing designer for us plus size woman. I am 6'2 and a plus size girl. I never can find clothes that are right. If I find that they fit right they make me look like I am 60 years old. If I buy something that is actually age apporiate it just doesn't fit right. I am just about ready to run naked down the street. HA!HA!HA!
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• United States
1 Jan 07
I spend hours shopping for clothes only to leave the shoppes empty handed.
@sahergul (774)
• Pakistan
31 Dec 06
BBW ....? first of all tell me what does BBW means... i am sorry i am not aware of this sorta model ... lack of knowledge may be *blushing*
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• United States
31 Dec 06
Big Beautiful Women. : ) Love to see a man blush.
@onlyme123 (124)
• United States
31 Dec 06
Designers are now just learning about the way BBWs are built. I think they're still experimenting because for decades, they've designed clothes for the lithe. So I suggest to all BBWs that you should give feedback to designers whenever you can regarding how their clothes fits you. Go to websites of big women's brand manufacturers (eg. Liz Claiborne, Ann Taylor, etc.) They have feedback forms where you can submit your input. I think they do listen because they know the BBW market is big (no pun intended!) ;)
• United States
31 Dec 06
LOL....no offense taken on your response. Thank you for your suggestion in regards to leaving input with the designers. They need to know our concerns. If they receive no comments either negative or positive about their clothing styles they will accept the fact that all is well. Thanks again!
@GardenGerty (101609)
• United States
31 Dec 06
I know, I fall in between misses 18 and womens' sizes. Nothing quite fits, and shirts with buttons--forget it. I am narrow shouldered, and sometimes ample further down, and sometimes have a large stomache (after Thanksgiving/Christmas) I had just as soon go sleeveless. I need to go back to sewing my own.
• United States
31 Dec 06
When I sewed my own clothes I had more outfits and they fit better than store bought.
@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
31 Dec 06
I totally agree, it is like everyone is the same. Most of my shirts, if I don't take them in at the bottom look like maternity shirts. It is really frustrating sometimes.
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• United States
31 Dec 06
Oh yea. I wish I could start a boutique for women that specialized in clothing designed to really fit their shape.
@sedel1027 (17854)
• United States
31 Dec 06
That would be great. I am not big, but have a lot of problems buying clothes. I am only 5'4" and it is impossible for me to find any jeans/pants that 100% fit. I hate shopping. I am to the point where I find one pair of pants (or anything) that fits and will buy 2 or 3 of them and wear them until they fall apart.
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• United States
31 Dec 06
Pants that fit me in the hip do not fit in the waist. I have to take them in at the waist. I too will buy several pair when I find a style that fits well.
@Lydia1901 (16354)
• United States
5 Jan 07
I agree with you, it needs to be redesigne to fit all people that are tall or short.
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@saroya (58)
• United States
4 Jan 07
It is funny that women have this problem and men do not. A 42 is a 42 all over the world and they can order clothing without many problems. I almost never order clothes online, because I feel it will be a nightmare.
@MrsFrizzle (1964)
• United States
3 Jan 07
I know what you mean in order for mants to fit me in the waist I need a large size. I guess they assume that means I am tall but I am not and always have long pants and have to hem or drag them. I did see over the weekend that fashion bug had jeans in plus sizes with a s next to it for shorter people. I was very excited!
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@jen20619 (1302)
• Ireland
31 Dec 06
Yes they do not cater for all sizes.This can be very frustrating to people that want to buy the clothes but cant cause of the sizes not catering for them.I think BBW should for all different shapes and sizes.
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@anne_143god (5390)
• Philippines
31 Dec 06
Maybe because that is their style of making a dress for a woman. It will also fit for pregnant woman thats why they make it bigger. It also fit for those huge people.
@KrauseHome (35527)
• United States
31 Dec 06
This is an excellent idea. I know I have larger waist than my hips, and I hate buying a skirt for my waist, or Dress for that matter, and it is big for the hips, and then I have large shoulders as well, so sometimes a shirt never fits that is the size I usually would need due to it is made for someone with small shoulders. It is a shame that clothing cannot be made to fit different shapes as well as different sizes. A person could Get rich if they really took the time to make clothes this way in all of their lines.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
31 Dec 06
That is absolutley the truth! It is hard to find clothes that fit me right I am smaller on top then the bottom So I guess I am a pair and have a hard time getting clothes that actually fit both areas of my body at the same time I have to buy it big and baggy so it will fit my big hips and it is always loose at the top lucky for me I wear alot of tee shirts because since I do have big hips I have the tendency to pop off the lower buttons sometimes of dress shirts unless I get them way big. Sometimes when me and my mom go shopping we might get the same outfit and we switch the tops or bottoms sometimes because other wise we'd end up with clothes that wouldn't fit. I also wish they came out with a pear,apple,etccc shaped clothing maybe then I wouldn't find it so hard to find decent clothes that fit me good.
@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
31 Dec 06
Oh great minds think alike. I was thinking earlier of starting up a discussion on this but you beat me too it. I have had loads of problems with buying clothes for the same reasons. I'm very big boned and big shouldered which makes it hard for me to find tops that fit right. I also have a very flat butt so if I find something to fit my hips it's baggy there. They all seem to think if you have big hips you must have a big butt. What is worse though is how they will think that just because it's bigger we can wear it. I hate going into a store and seeing spandex pants in a size 24 or bigger and they always put it with a shirt that ends right at the waist. I'm sorry I don't care what they say but someone that wears that size has no business wearing clothes like that. Let alone a two piece bathing suit. They seem to think the same styles will work and it doesn't. We need things that accentuates the good stuff and hides the stuff we want. Shirts that come past the waist line for one. Leave the shoulder pads for someone else please. Like I need that. I already have shoulders that would make a football player proud without adding those on there. I could go on and on with this subject. It's one that really gets to me. I'm glad they are realizing that there are people who wear about a size 14 but they need to realize that with that the designs have to change as well.
• United States
31 Dec 06
I only buy jeans, so I don't really have that problem. I shop at Fashion Bug for my jeans. My problem is I have a hard time finding jeans that are just the right length. They're either too long or too short. I have longer legs and a shorter torso.
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