Saturday, July 27, 2013

Why did one of the biggest plus size retailers discontinue their most popular product?

Many plus size women know the joys of having to purchase a specific type of slacks/pants/jeans in order to not get that annoying "my zipper is falling down" syndrome also known as "unlocking" zippers because some ridiculous designer decided to not make it long enough for your torso. I, my friends am  member of this club, my day job as an office manager requires me to keep a somewhat conservative wardrobe, I try to keep it more Audrey and Sophia than Maude and one of the staples of my closet is the extended tab slack, in black  mostly now when another retail conglomerate, Ascena Retail Group Inc. bought out Lane Bryant it closed its Fashion Bug operations which is where I always got my reasonably priced pants so when I walked into a LB store the other day to purchase a similar pair I was was told that they had discontinued that style.

"So... they don't make them anymore?" I asked the sales woman.
"No,....it's really strange too because that was one of our most popular items." she said.
"Do you know who your buyer is at Corporate, what their name is?" I wanted to give them a piece of my mind for sure.
"No." she said and offered nothing else.

Now other than my underwhelming customer experience I have to ask WTF? I know I cannot be the only person up in arms about it, those were literally the only style of pants that I knew no matter what would fit, I'm living in mortal fear of the day when my current pair wear out which is coming fast I know I've had them for over three years well worth the $40 investment but what do I do then?

Supposedly LB is working on a more "universal fit" but wasn't that the point of the their hieroglyphic sizing system in the first place that not all plus women are create equal? Another point of contention is that no one warned me, no one said "oh by the way in six months we won't make these anymore, so buy 10 now." I would have been ok with that, but now I'm left feeling iced out and hoping that my pants will stand that test of time.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Nextflix for Plus size Fashion? Worth the cash or save your pennies?

Is this the new Netflix? Gwynnie Bee is an online subscription where you can take out anywhere from 1-5 pieces of designer clothing ranging from $35-79 price tag. You can keep the clothes as long as you want but you can return in the provided bags and get new pieces every month, just like netflix it's the same price every month. This sounds pretty tempting to the clothes horse in all of us especially with gems like these Vince Camuto, teal wrap top and the Igigi dress on the far left in green. However, there are some questionable "designers". Lands End is a very reasonable, nice everyday workwear line, it is not however what I would call "designer".  I think it's a neat idea and you get the first 30 days free and it is nice to not have to worry about cleaning, the website states you can "return in any state" so my ultimate verdict is if you choose to use the service pick only the higher end designers in order to test how you will feel in the piece and style, I've been a big fan of trends but you can use sites like Gwynnie Bee to find your own personal style and try something new without make a major financial committment.
Veruca Dress
Jersey Wrap Dress With Flutter SleeveGwynnie BeeLucretia DressFaux Wrap Top



 Check out our review of Savvy Plus below.......

Want an lower priced option where you don't have send back your designer digs? Try my favorite new kind of shop RESALE! That's right ladies if you can find an amazing higher end resale shop in your area that caters to plus size women, then welcome to heaven. My fashion pearly gates is in Southeast Portland on Hawthorne you can find the amazingness of Savvy Plus which is a small boutique decked out in positive body image decor with helpful attendants, and the owner is one of the best buyers of plus size clothes.  If you're lucky enough to be in the Portland area you have to stop by, the get in new pieces every day and they are constantly changing stock, although yours truly is coveting the Louis Vuitton red purse on the wall, and last time I was in their I scored a cute Coach bag for $37! If you're looking for value resale is the way to go the buyers are very picky about what they take in so you know you'll end up with all the nice things you're craving and who could be upset at saving money and looking good? Do you own a resale shop you'd like our readers to know about? Email us chubbygirlintheworld@gmail.com!