Ticked off at Target

I've got a bone to pick with Target.

I sailed into Target tonight, giddily free of any children. I was about to pass by the clothing section when I stopped and sucked in my breath through my teeth. Sssst. No. way. Tara Jarmon has this amazing line of vintage inspired, gorgeous clothing. This is not the usual, "Well it's not bad and I don't have time to go to the mall stuff". These are outfits I scour ebay for, drool over at high-end department stores and usually only see in cute little boutiques in size 2.

Good god, I just about wet my panties when I saw this trenchcoat.

Now I'm not gonna lie. Before the babies I managed to get my badunkadunk into a size 16/18. That's xl to xxl in Target speak. But since then I have been fighting my way down and out of the Womanly Wide section. So I rushed my jiggly ass over to Women's, excited to see what Tara had cooked up for us curvy broads. I figured it would only be a circle rack or two, but I was still filled with anticipation. Surely there would be something for me. Nothing. Zip. Nada. There was just some sad looking clothing with exaggerated darts under the breasts. And by the way Target, I may have an x after my size, but it doesn't mean I am sporting a couple of Double E's (much to my husband's dismay). Can we take in the titty fabric a bit?


Now this lack of fashion in Target's plus section ticks me off for many reasons. The main one being that there are so many clothing options that would be incredibly flattering to larger woman over in Target's "regular" women's section. Tucked waists, flowing fabrics and nice simple designs. Step on over into fattyfat land and you've got oxfords. Fucking oxfords! If I accidentally see something cute it's always an escapee from the misses section.

God forbid they do anyth
ing "trendy". It's clear that the nice fat girls are expected to button up their stripey oxfords, pull on their capris and melt into the background. Those shoppers that don't know they are not to be seen are obviously a group of bold, brash tubbers that would only want the worst of trends. The tight tank top with the glittery dragon snaking up the side or the clingy rayon blouse with gold threads and an ATTACHED cami. Cause Jesus knows we portly chicks can't be trusted to know that we should wear a cami. We wouldn't want to accidentally let a renegade roll of back fat escape.

I did find this amazing online label called Blue Plate. I gasp, I yell "No way!" because I can't believe someone finally got it right for the ladies with junk in their trunk. It's vintage styling, it's subtle but sometimes funky. They cut the strapless dresses to hide your armpit flap. And...it's a little out of my budget right now.

Frankly I'm feeling a little bitter that the promise land of cute, affordable, open after the kids are in bed, fashion was placed in front of me with Tara's Target line and then...psyche!

But, really I'll be fine Target. I bought a nice wide cut, double knit tee shirt with a sparkly applique on it. It'll look swell with my tapered tan pants I bought last week.

49 comments:

Stephanie said...

It's just so sad, isn't it. I would kill to fit into a medium once in a while!

Grim Reality Girl said...

You are so right about Target's plus section. First -- all the hip chicks call it the WOMENS section vs. plus. Next, why the hell do they put it AFTER the pregnant section next to the men's section? It makes you feel like you should be grazing vs. shopping.

I do find some nice XXL's at Target but I completely agree with you -- they need work. If they ever fix this section there is no stopping that company.

Lotta said...

You know it Grim. Take a look around next time you shop at Target. At least in the cornfed milkmaid midwest the majority of the shoppers are xxl to 1x! They are missing huge opportunities!

Anonymous said...

Can I get an Amen to that one?
I've decided that women in a size 4 do all of the ordering for the clothes. And it's not just Target, it's all stores. Skinny Bitches!!
Next, there will be a weight restriction on shoes and make you wear SAS shoes if you're a size 14 plus! Oh well, at least it'll match the oxford and the double knit pants. - Kellie

Lotta said...

Amen. (to that)

This is how I imagine the conversation going...

Derek: Sweetie, we are d.o.n.e. with the fall fashion line. Let's go get a cosmo. (Holding up hand) I know, I know - the calories. But I'll hold your hair back while you puke it up later.

Melly: Oooh Derek, thanks. Oh wait, crap. We have to design the "plus" (grimacing) sized line.

Derek: Screw those bitches, if they can't put down the Twinkies they shouldn't be able to leave their home to shop.

Melly: Der Der!

Derek: Ok fine. Let's just change the fabric on those oxfords we put out a couple of seasons ago. (looking around sneakily) Hey, wouldn't it be funny to put some really bad glittery fashion in the line. $50 for the first person to spot a fatty in the gold lame dragon shirt.

Melly: Your on!

Domestic Chicky said...

OMG- the clothes there (blue plate) are totally adorable! I have gotten to dislaike even looking at target for cute "curvy" clothes - I'm not 60 for cripes sake! And hello, why do they only make the cute workout clothes in smaller sizes...don't we NEED it more? Ahem...that being said, my current clothing crush is wearing a dress over jeans, like J-Lo in Monster In Law. Not having a lot of luck, but i just found out on craftster how to do shirring (like tube top material), so I'm thinking I'll make a few dresses like that in cute fabrics, with straps, and wear a nice white t-shirt (about the only thing target IS good for anyway) underneath, and it's cute and cool...

Lotta said...

I know!!

I dare not even speak it aloud, but I'm hoping once I create enough crafty items to graduate to clothing. At least so I can make a couple easy a-line skirts and tops that are cool. Of course I have no doubt I will be MODIFYING "normal" persons patters since the big girls plus size patterns are far more hideous than the clothing.

Meredith said...

I will totally admit that everythign on the site isn't great, but several times a year I find an item or two at www.alight.com that I really love. They carry Blueplate and a few other lines, but everything on the site is for WOMEN! They also have great sales!

MaryAnne said...

I found this site through slavetotarget.com. Great writing, btw! Anyhow, two of my Targets (I live between 4!) have tons of great plus sized clothing that I have drooled over. I'm not plus-sized but I have bought a top in the section and had it taken it because I thought it was so cute. However, the other two Targets near me have only the oxfords and pleated khakis so it depends on the Target. If I were you, I would write a formal letter of complaint and tell them that you know other Targets carry cute plus-sized clothing.

Robin said...

Three years ago when Target introduced the Issac Mizrahi line, I saw him on a talk show, gushing about how it was the first "real" designer line that would include plus-sizes.

They went all the way up to an astounding, tent-like size 16! Plus-size, my fat ass.

At every single Target in my area (St. Louis, MO), the plus-size department is not only tiny, but they always cram the rounders of misses and maternity clearance into it. So not only is there no selection, but it's mixed in with the unwanted crap from the "normal" sizes.

Years ago, a friend of mine worked for Target and was trying to advance through upper management. Someone gave her a tip that she would never be promoted past a certain level because of her size. I'm saying this with the caveat that 1) it was around 8 years ago, and 2) it's gossip. But still - that story always pops into my head whenever I see how Target regards their plus-size customers.

Anonymous said...

excellent post, and i hope that the higher-ups at target figure out that:
1. heavier people still like to be fashionable
2. size 18 doesn't necessarily mean DD boobs.
3. darts and pleats actually make big women look bigger.

Lotta said...

Thanks for your posts! I'm going with Robyn's theory. Because they are just giving up good money. The base of their customers are plus sized! To sell plus sized clothing only makes sense. Grrrr.

Lotta said...

PS - Thanks Maryanne I will do that!

Peeved Michelle said...

Thanks for the tip about Blue Plate.

Andie said...

I can totally understand! I hear ya! I'm between a 14 and 16, and sometimes I get so depressed because all of the really fashionable clothes are always in the jr's section.

and it seems like they want all of the 20 something and 30 something women to dress like our mothers.

Lotta said...

Blue Plate does size for Juniors I found out. So order up a size!

Andie - the "junior" plus sizes they try to mix in at Target are hideous too. And I.M. has awesome stuff in the normal woman section - send it our way!

Domestic Chicky said...

Ooh! If you look at the pattern books closely, you notice that almost all of the regular patterns go up to size 22! Woohoo!

bee said...

Best. Post. Ever.

Especially this line: If I accidentally see something cute it's always an escapee from the misses section.

So true! Thanks for putting it into words!

Berlina said...

i think lane bryant has the most excellent clothes for plus sized women! i love helping my friend pick out stuff.

koz said...

Brilliant. I mean, BRILLIANT.

Finally, someone reads my mind.

Priyanka said...

It really can go the same way for the skinnier folk as well. I'm an xsmall in tops, and there are hardly ANY stylish tops for that size. All they usually have is a sweater made out of hard furry material (dog hair I reckon..), or a terribly glittery shirt that has somehow lost half of it's glitter. Hmph. It really gets me fumed. Also, the pants for the 0 or 00 sizes are awful because they are way too short for me. Just because I'm skinny, doesn't mean that I'm 4ft tall! So annoying. I hope you realize that us skinny people are getting jypped too!

Lotta said...

Thank you all for commenting!!!!! It makes my day!

Priyanka - I have no doubt you're getting burned too. Stuck in the junior sizes? Can't really relate though. I've been sporting junk in the trunk since the teens.

Dina said...

Right. On.

Seriously. Have you emailed this to Target Corp??

And I especially love the part about not having big tatas...I wear a size 18 but have a B-cup...DOH!

Lotta said...

Someone did! I got an email from Target that said...

"I just finished reading your blog. It was forwarded to me by a friend of mine. I had just started at Target a few months ago and have taken on plus product. I assure you the product will better suit our plus guest going forward."

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Kristin said...

The phrase 'renegade roll of back fat' is pure genius.
When I was in Chicago last year, I found a great black skirt @ the South Loop Target. 100% cotton, knee length, flat front, side pockets. Perfection! The piece de resistance: a cotton shortie liner, to avoid the dreaded chub rub. I bought three of them and wore them to death.
Where were such perfect details this spring? They must have gotten buried in a heap of raggedy, assymetrical hemmed skirts. Damn.

Anonymous said...

Bless you, bless you, bless you for pointing out that just because we're a size 18+ doesn't mean we all have what I like to call "PHat girl boobs!"

I actually work at Target (have nothing to do with the clothing selection) and have the same gripes as all of you. It's even more confusing for me lately because they are now combining the Women's sizes in with the "regular" sizes-y'know, so we feel the same as everyone else I suppose.

As for the Lane Bryant comment-I agree that they have cute clothes-but the quality is crap for what you pay!

Anonymous said...

You know what? I'm around a size 16, and guess where I gain weight first?

DING DING! THE BOOBS!

That means that I do, in fact, wear an E cup size. And it's a hell of a lot easier for girls with smaller breasts to put a few stitches into the side seam of a shirt, to bring in the size a little, than it is for girls with bigger breasts to rip out the side seams and add fabric.

I'm dreadfully sorry that none of you ever want to alter your clothing, but that's no reason why I should have nowhere to buy mine.

I think you should take this complaint to Lane Bryant: they are actually starting to *vanity size* their clothes, leaving genuine 14s out of the loop. When I go in there with 40E breasts, consistently wearing Target's XXL tops and 16 pants, and the smallest size is still too big in the chest, something is wrong. And the previous poster isn't joking about the quality decline. They were formerly owned by Limited Inc (who also own The Limited, Express, and Victoria's Secret), but are currently owned by Charming Shoppes, who own Fashion Bug and Catherine's. But they do still have *some* decent things.

Lori said...

A-Freakin-Men Sister! Tarjay has such cute stuff but 90% of the 'women's' section blows. I did, though, find a very cute, flattering jersey dress there this summer for $20 that I loove.

Lotta said...

Thank you thank you for all your comments! I love them.

I'm not saying that Target plus size nevah has anything cute. But it usually is just that, "an item" versus the hundreds of cute stuff in the regular gals side.

To the skinny girls that are complaining that Target never fits for them either. Sigh. I don't really know what to say. I am going to try to feel empathy for you. I really am. Gonna try.

Leah said...

HI! New here, too. Just wanted to say GREAT POST!

Also, for cute, trendy, and inexpensive clothes try Fashion Bug. (http://fashionbug.charmingshoppes.com/homefb.aspx)

I would invest more money in pieces that you are going to use for more than one season, but for some fun "fling" clothes Fashion Bug is pretty cute.

Sheryl said...

I just want to let you know that skinny girls have problems too. Now, I am not that thin - just an average American girl. But I have a friend who is THIN thin. I think that she's thinner than Kate Moss.

But she hates it. She would like nothing more than to gain some weight. She isn't anorexic either. She eats and eats and never gains a pound, and there are no covert visits to the bathroom after meals either.

I have seen her cry because strangers come up to her and accuse her of being anorexic (which is understandable but still so hurtful). I went to high school with her and I remember her crying in class because a teacher made a comment about her weight.

Her relatives present the biggest problem for her. She is Indian and so she visits India every year or so, and there they like the women plumper. Her grandmother always tells her that she's ugly. And her mother says that she needs to gain weight or no man will ever want her.

The least of all these problems is that she still has to shop in the kids' section. So see, skinny girls do have problems as well.

nee said...

Amen, sista I feel your pain. And those darts are mui unattractive on most of us. I did manage to find some fashionable capris this summer but tops? Fuggettaboudit!

Lotta said...

Sheryl - what a drag for your friend. Believe me I'm not revving up a campaign for fat girl rights. I'm just bitching about Target's big lady clothes selections. No doubt people can be jerks. Thanks for posting!

Nee - Not only the darts but the under boob scoop seams. What the hella are those about?

Anonymous said...

You all are forgetting one more thing.....short fat girls! Average lengths are too long, petites are too short, and capris....well, I just look like I'm expecting a flood! The shirts hang down to my knees....until they shrink, and then the last button on those stripey oxfords barely meets the top of those khakis.
My favorite place is torrid.com. Sometimes they're a bit too expensive, but they have great clearance sales.

Anonymous said...

Add another vote to the petite struggle. You average height folks have no idea how frustrating it can be to be small. Everyone says, "oh you're so lucky." Think again. Because the manufacturers keep vanity sizing everything, I have to shop in the children's section or pay a lot for alterations. They don't have anything sexy or leave space for curvy hips.

Anonymous said...

don't take this the wrong way.

but i lost weight. and the clothes look great now. :]

Anonymous said...

I hear you all!! I am a size 16-18, depends on the season!!!
I have big boobs 34F and a huge butt!!
I live in Belgium, so I don't have the luxury of choice in plus sized clothing you guys in the US have. Here all the plus sized clothes look like grandma clothing, so if I am lucky I find the odd piece that doesn't make me look like a total idiot and I wear it to shreads. How I wish for Old Navy and Target, at least you can adjust ill-fitting clothes, here there is NOTHING!!

Staceye said...

I feel your pain. Earlier this year and for many years I was a 22 to 24. I really could not find great items in the plus department. However, I am not a 16/18 and the XXL shirts, sweaters, and 16/18 skirts fit great. The pants, I still have to buy an 18 plus versus 18 misses. I am enjoying Target even more now since I can actually shop in the misses department and find great and fashionable items.

Anonymous said...

Just for the record--

The stripes shirts that you mentioned were carried in ALL sizes. Every person of every shape and size had to look at those ugly shirts.

Jo said...

I may have missed someone else saying this but Target also royally stinks for tall women. I'm not talking the ones where 5'10" is considered "extra long". I'm talking about women like me who are 6' tall and currently wear a size 14 pants and have to buy a dang XL top just to cover my torso!

I know there's no major tall market (especially where I live which is majority hispanic) but it would be nice to find SOMETHING once in awhile that I can buy from Target. :(

It looks like the style this year is long shirts which are suppose to look like short dresses on most women but for me they are just the right size. THANK YOU FASHION GURUS! In the mall that is... where I can't afford the stinkin' things. grrrr

Okay, gripe over and great write PLUS I'm glad Target actually heard you. :)

Claire Marie said...

Hey,

You are so right on about the Target sizing...I get officially screwed everywhere I go for clothes. I'm in that magic 'In-between'...meaning everything at Lane Bryant is too big for me and everything at Target is too small :)

Lisafashionista said...

Believe me girl, I feel your frustration. Also it seems that even though they have cute plus size lingerie in the Target stores, they never have it online - what's that about? Fortunately, we big girls have a few other places to shop. Don't want to spam your blog, but I do run the most extensive shopping directory on the web for fashionable plus size women BeautyPlusPower.com. I thought I'd mention it since you might find some other cute lines on our site to indulge your fabulous full figured self in! Smooches, Lisa

Anonymous said...

Oh my god! I found your post on accident, and I TOTALLY agree! I too am a plus size...but Im only 23...does this mean that I am only aloud to wear big tacky flower patterns and cartoons?? And what is with the crotch that hangs down to the knees?? But some advice...Old Navy (www.oldnavy.com) now has a plus line and it is AWESOME...I swear by it now!!!! It isnt available at all locations but you can get it online!

Anonymous said...

Thank GOD I wear a size 0 and don't have to worry about that. The reason they don't make cute clothes in huge sizes like yours is because you aren't supposed to be fat in the first place! Put down the fork.

Anonymous said...

"Skinny bitches?" you are just jealous because you can't stop stuffing your face with food. You are lazy if you are fat. It means you don't do anything and just eat and eat. Don't be jealous of us skinny girls because you don't have any self control!

Lotta said...

Oh I'm sorry - you must have thought this was the Angry Anorexia web site. That one's down the hall.

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