Lately, I’ve seen a few ‘how to pack’ articles that go along the lines of “If you don’t pack it, don’t worry. You can ‘just pick it up’ somewhere on the road.”
Do you know how difficult it is to find a fleece hoodie that fits boobs and hips and doesn’t fit like a garbage bag?
Even if we could ‘just pick it up’, it’s a matter of finding places to do so. The plus sized market is still very much a specialty field. A lot of designs that work well for travel simply aren’t tailored proportionally for larger sized women. They just make larger versions of garments designed for straight sized people.
I was in Ireland in the middle of winter on a business trip. The only clean clothes I had were the ones I was wearing. The rest I dropped off at the local laundromat who screwed up the pick-up time, leaving me with nothing to wear for the following days meetings. I was desperate for something – anything – to wear.
Not surprisingly, I found myself in the back of a department store. I bought a wafer-thin tube skirt which hugged all the wrong places and went ‘pilly’ on that first – and only – wear, because it was the only thing I could ‘just pick up’.
The advice of ‘just pick it up’ reflects the same arrogance that the fashion industry is adhering to. The writers are ignoring the fact that people come in all kinds of different shapes and sizes. They ignore the fact that most travelers plan years in advance to make their travel dreams come true. Long term travelers have to consider every ounce of weight and every dollar they spend.
The writers of these articles remind me of the movie, ‘Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium’. (I love that movie).
Mahoney says to Henry:
“You’re a ‘just’ guy…
you think it’s just a store,
it’s just a bench, it’s just a tree.
It’s just what it is, nothing more!”
It’s shallow and thoughtless. There is no ‘just’. A lot of people can’t ‘just’ pick it up off the rack.
I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I’ve thought all too often, “Apparently plus size women have no style!” I realize now that the issue does not reside with us plus sized women. Iit resides with the buyers and designers.
Plus-sized women of every age want the same opportunity to wear stylish apparel that is flattering to their body type.