We went to the mall this weekend, which is rare! I usually do a lot of my shopping at the thrift store but every once in a while I like to fill in my wardrobe with new basic pieces or things that are hard to find used. I wanted to get a dress with a collar and bottoms, like skirts and leggings. I had no idea that Forever 21 had their plus line in the stores so I went to check it out. I was hesitant about it though because the website only has sizes up to 20 for pants so I was almost certain none of it would fit me because I am a size 26 on the bottom and 22-26 on the top, but I wanted to try it out anyway. I know when I go to Target and Torrid that a size 3XL will fit me for sure.
But this was not the case at F21. They claim to have sizes up to 3XL, which is the size of the dress above. They really mean 2XL because that dress was pretty tight on the bottom and not made for a tall person. You can see a couple dresses hanging up and I didn't bother trying on most of them because the first few dresses with buttons down the front didn't fit on my bust. They had some lovely body con style skirts which I would have loved to rock but they were way small. Almost every thing I looked at didn't have any 3XL's left. I was pretty disappointed. Because when I did find a 3XL, it didn't fit so well anyway. It was also super frustrating because I had to look at tags for sizes and everything was all mixed up. It would have been nice if the hangers were labelled.
There was also a couple other girls on the larger end looking for bigger sizes and they were flabbergasted too. Someone asked an employee how high their sizes go up for jeans, because all she could find was a 12. The employee didn't know. On top of it, the dressing rooms were sweltering hot. So I got all flustered trying things on that didn't work out. I'm pretty used to this type of shopping experience but it still sucked! My advice to them would be carry a full plus size line and not the half-assed one they offer. They should also allow for a little stretch and room for boobs. I didn't see a lot of tailoring or features needed for a fat body. Miraculously, the dress below fit me because it has a flowy skirt and I am smaller on the top. It was my favorite dress so I was happy for it. But then, I went into the shoe department and couldn't find a shoe bigger than size 8 (I am an 11). Sometimes I feel like a big girl in a small world!
Shit, folks! I was sad! I was really hoping to have a place to get cheap trendy clothing. While I know that Torrid and Lane Bryant will fit me, they are much more expensive and sometimes harder to find some of the popular styles. I did what every fat girl does, and restored my confidence with some accessories because I KNOW THEY WILL FIT ME. I got a few headbands with bows and embellishments, earrings and a cute coral pink purse.
Bottom line, it was not a good shopping experience. I understand that F21 is targeted towards teens but it doesn't meant that there aren't any size 22 or bigger teens out there. I imagine some young hopeful girl wandering in with her skinny friends and leaving empty-handed while her friends could pick anything their heart desired. I am an adult, and used to this and have pretty tough skin and direct my anger towards the store. But a younger girl that is learning to accept her body is going to blame herself for not having the right body and that isn't fair. Forever 21, give fat girls a place in your store for reals, don't just say you have plus size. And for God's sake, train your employees so they don't treat plus sized customers like aliens asking for the meaning of life when they inquire on sizes.