Monday, July 17, 2006

A Plus Girl Rant on Target

Department: Chatter

We received an email with this link from a plus sized woman ranting about the clothing selection at Target. I say Amen Sister and also, even size 12's have trouble finding good fits! It's really a shame. I wonder what they do with all of these clothes that they make that no one buys?


  • Thanks! I hear ya on the size 12. They only have one or two xl's on the rack. Are you listening target?

    By Blogger Lotta, on Monday, July 17, 2006  

  • Ps - Thanks for linking!

    By Blogger Lotta, on Monday, July 17, 2006  

  • Amen to this. As bad as the past year's plus size clothes selection was, this year's is even worse. I used to live in the Cherokee polo shirts last summer, but this summer they only had them in "normal" sizes, nothing in plus at all. WTF? Did they think we all just died or got gastric bypass?

    By Blogger mharvey816, on Monday, July 17, 2006  

  • Hmmm...

    Maybe it's all relative? 'Cause I'm a size 6-8, or a M, and I can't ever find anything that fits at Target, either. If I wanted an XL, or a plus-size article of clothing, that would be NO problem. Tons and tons and tons of them. But something that fits me? Unlikely. I have to shop at two or three Targets to find what I want.

    By Blogger YarroPilz, on Tuesday, July 18, 2006  

  • I'm short and small framed and I have just as much problem as someone shopping plus size at Target. Actually, I end up shopping in the little boys department so I can find jeans that are actually short enough! What Target's idea of "normal" baffles me. I mean, there are other short girls out there right? So basically if you're not a size 2 and over 5'5" then you are kinda up a creek at Target for most of the clothes...that sucks.

    By Blogger GenJane, on Friday, July 21, 2006  

  • Target can't please everyone. As a small framed person it is just as hard to find something that fits me as well. There was a lot of cute Tara jarmon pieces when I went but all of the smalls were gone. Not to mention not even being able to buy clothes at the gap or old navy because the smalls and xsmalls get bigger and bigger and I can't fit in to them anymore
    Looks like no one really has it easy.

    By Blogger shortstack, on Friday, July 21, 2006  

  • The Go International series of clothes are the ONLY ones I've ever had size problems with at Target. I normally wear an XXL or a 16, sometimes a 14, and obviously, the Go International clothes aren't offered in sizes that large. (And it seems like they're what the linked rant was mostly about.) Some Luella stuff, particularly the polo shirts, ran a bit big, so the XSs were all complaining that they were swimming in their shirts, but XXLs could wear an XL.

    I never have problems with Cherokee or Merona, with the exception of the fact that the dress pants about 18 months ago tended to be made of fabric that was just too thin for that type of garment, ran small, and were cut with too low a rise to look professional. They seem to have fixed this problem; this spring's dress pants were a lot more substantial and the sizing seemed truer to the rest of their range.

    When I was thinner, I did have a problem with most Target stuff running a bit large. But now that I am bigger, I have to say that Target is one store where I can consistently find things in my size. Stuff at Lane Bryant is still mostly too big for me.

    And I would agree that if you're around a sz 18, you may be in a weird limbo where the 1X from Women's is still too big, but you can't fit into an XXL from the Misses' department.

    It sounds to me like the other complaints here are related to what individual stores are stocking, not as much what the company is making.

    By Blogger miranda, on Saturday, July 22, 2006  

  • All of the items that Target can't sell gets donated to charity.

    By Blogger Rhymes With Trevor, on Monday, July 24, 2006  

  • The only time I've felt svelte lately is when I needed to go down to XXS in motorcycle gloves!!! There just isn't any clothing selection for us "tweens", the sizes between teen and t&a. And what's this with all the 5% spandex in the t-shirts. NO NO NO NO NO

    By Blogger kitkatknit, on Monday, July 24, 2006  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, on Tuesday, July 25, 2006  

  • I started to leave a comment, but then it turned itself into a post on my own blog.

    Target, I hope you're listening

    By Anonymous Anonymous, on Tuesday, July 25, 2006  

  • Well, I hope they don't get rid of the 5% spandex in the tshirts. I'm assuming that the complaint somehow has to do with the idea that spandex must equal "tight."

    The shirts are fitted, period, and you need to make sure you're buying the right size. An item like a t-shirt needs about 2" of ease (meaning, buy a shirt that is about 2" bigger than your largest body measurement; go larger if you want a looser shirt; do not buy a shirt with measurements smaller than your own; if you don't like fitted tees, head for the men's department and shop down a size or two - my women's XXL is mostly a men's medium).

    Cotton is an inelastic fiber, and will fade and become shapeless over time. The spandex helps the shirts retain shape and color, making them finer, softer, higher quality, and longer lasting than similar shirts without elastic.

    By Blogger miranda, on Monday, July 31, 2006  

  • I hear you, mharvey. I was about to write to Target to complain about many things in our "newly rearranged" store and one of my complaints is the lack of the great Cherokee pants and tops they've had for plus sizes in the past. Thank goodness they were good quality to begin with. I've been very careful and have nursed them through another season, but I'd love to buy some new ones. The Mossimo and Merona brands just aren't the same.

    By Blogger SilkyLady, on Monday, July 31, 2006  

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