For some reason until the ripe old age of 29, I never wore anything with a hemline above the knee. As a teenager it meant wearing jeans ALL YEAR AROUND even in the humid Summer hell that was my home town. What was I thinking?
But at 29 or so, I finally decided that shorts and I should try to resolve our differences and it worked largely because I found a fabulous pair of denim shorts from ASOS Curve. Regretfully, I abandoned these shorts in an overseas move, full of my newly found knee-confidence, that I would find another pair before the next summer rolled around. But it did not happen. Leading me to a TWO YEAR SEARCH for a replacement, to which I have come up short. Ha.
When I found these shorts online on Boohoo.com, they looked quite similar to the holy grail THE SHORTS, I had recklessly donated to charity. But with an obvious difference. These shorts are a UK22, (THE SHORTS were a UK18) and were the largest size available in this Plus Size range. Weird.
Take my years of online shopping experience onboard here when I say that this is a red flag for fit issues from the get-go.
And my what a delightful range of fit issues we have here:
a really long weird crotch
no room in the seat so they squash my butt halfway up my back – if you see my buttcheeks lurking near my bra, that is why.
a huge gaping waistband at the back (I assume to give my buttcheeks room in their new home?)
slight tapering in the leg which cuts into my thighs….. kinda weird for a plus line?
You know that red flag I was talking about before? While not marketed as such, Boohoo.com are definitely what I would consider Junior Plus and not Women’s Plus. If you live outside North America, this one may catch you out because it doesn’t really exist elsewhere as a sizing system… except when it does and they just don’t name it, like on boohoo.com.
What is the difference? Basically, “grown up” plus size womenswear tends to include extra room for hips and bums. Junior’s do not. There is far more to it than this – so I recommend watching this video by Mallorie from Smart Glamour who covers myriad fit issues in a handy video. I’ll wait here.
When we look back at why we spent summers sweating in jeans and maybe why some of you still do this to yourselves, it perhaps had something to do with the expectation that all items would fit us, in “our size”.
And when they didn’t… well we stuck to what we knew did fit, like Lee’s Superflare Hip Huggers (shoutout to the 90s-00s).
Jokes aside, there undoubtedly would have been a time that I picked “my size”, assuming retailers use a universal size guide, which they don’t, and had a strong emotional reaction to not fitting “my size”. And when I tried on a garment that was even two sizes larger than “my size” and it did not fit?
Past me would have been devastated.
Current me however thinks that retailers generally do not cut their garments to fit my body – and that isn’t a reflection on me.
And that there are red flags when it comes to buying fast fashion online.
Part of the reason I haven’t been posting as much on my blog is because I have made a personal commitment to shopping less, and cutting out as much fast fashion as I can. I can hear the eye-rolling from here. I know it’s a difficult choice, it means doing more with less.But it definitely means less disappointing purchases like this one – and is it really saving you any money when items are weirdly sized with fit issues?
But hey if you’re usually a US14/UK18, with a flat bum, shout out because I may have your perfect shorts ready and waiting!