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May 31st, 2006
A Little More Shopping

I should really add a shopping category, shouldn’t I…

Anyway, Target has some really nice plus size clothes occasionally. The quality of selection, however, seems to depend largely on the store. The store by my work (over by Washington Square Mall) has a pretty good section. The store over on Evergreen Parkway in Beaverton has a TERRIBLE section. When I was in there yesterday, most of it was filled up with carts of random other stuff – in other words, it was being used as a staging area. Nice job guys, I appreciate that you’ve turned my section of the store (that’s tiny anyway) into a dumping ground. Really makes me (and my money) feel welcome.

But regardless, I bought two items I want to point out. This, this, and this were all at more than 50% off in the store. I already have the black one (and paid full price for it, darn it!) but I went ahead and grabbed the pink one and the blue one. These are some of the greatest, coziest hoodies around. They seem pretty sturdily constructed too, so I expect to still be wearing them next fall and winter. I love them!! Run down to your local Target and stock up while they still have them. The pants are on sale too (and seem cute) but I just can’t see myself wearing velour pants (yet). I only just recently started embracing the velour hoodie.

In general, I like the Mossimo brand that Target carries. The Venezia brand t-shirts at Lane Bryant are better constructed, but the Mossimo ones are pretty good too. I also love the Great Northwest t-shirts at Fred Meyer, but they were all out of my size when I was there the other day – doh!!!

And, in a bit of a rant, let’s talk about lack of shopping choices for fat ladies (again). I went into Kohl’s yesterday as well, since it’s new and I’d never been in before. Their plus section was terrible – lots of button-down vaguely Hawaiian-print blouses (but nothing that I’d classify as stylish) and nothing much else. C’mon people, fat ladies shop too! Get with the program – I can find better options at Fred Meyer and Target. Let’s not forget Lane Bryant and Torrid. These stores are doing very well, financially – clearly there is a market here. It just frustrates me to see these enormous misses and juniors departments, and comparatively tiny, lousy, unstylish women’s departments. Let’s put it this way – I shop at Target and Fred Meyer because they often have cute, stylish plus size clothes that I’d wear. I will often go for non-clothes purchases, just because I know I’ll enjoy a quick foray past the clearance racks. But I’ll probably never go back to Kohl’s, because they are clearly not catering to my dollars. It’s true (as per my rant above) that some Freddys and Targets have less-than-stellar sections – but I know which stores are good, and that’s where I go. You welcome me, I spend money with you. It’s very simple.

And then there is the underwear question. Admittedly, Lane Bryant has some of the cutest underwear – but it’s not cheap. I’m just not willing to spend a lot on panties. Fruit of the Loom makes my favorite panties – their stretch cotton boyshorts (here) are so great but good luck finding them. Most retailers don’t carry them. Grrr!!! Their briefs are okay too, but I’d prefer the boyshorts just because granny panties are so unsexy!!!

Anyway, I hadn’t meant this to turn into a fat rant, but I was just so frustrated after yesterday’s Kohl’s and Target forays that it has been on my mind. The mall where I work has a Lane Bryant but no Torrid – if they did, my shopping life would be complete…

Posted by Claire at 10:19 PM | Days Go By, Fat!So? | Comments (2) | Tweet This Post

2 Responses to “A Little More Shopping”

  1. jen says:

    Oh my gosh, I LOVE those boyshorts too (and so does my husband)! I found them at Walmart, but wish I could find them online!!! I also totally agree with your Kohls rant. I thought they had cute fat girl clothes, until I realized I was in the maternity section, and as soon as I moved over a few racks it was ugly shirt/elastic waist polyester pants central.

  2. Amanda Smith says:

    Hi. I am a big girl too and just discovered the boyshorts. I love them as well. You might want to try shopping at the Avenue for clothes as well. I find their clothing to be as good as (if not better than) Lane Bryant. Their website is http://www.avenue.com. Happy hunting!!

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