Tonight, I visited my local Kmart for an extra pair (because four isn’t enough…) of swimmers. Really, it was half a pair of swimmers, bikini bottoms, to help me ‘train’ for the naked ocean swim in February 2014.
There were some decent styles, patterns and colours for the average woman, but the styles for bigger women are atrocious. The bigger sizes were the swimmers equivalent of a moo moo – unshapely, unflattering and uninteresting.
This is why I buy my clothing overseas. The clothing raises the bar with items which are fashionable, stylish, and have a variety of sizing. The only clothes I haven’t bought from the US are my swimmers which I wore in Beach Acceptance – Part Two and Summer Lovin, and some cotton shorts featured in Shorts De Jour.
I am a very proud Australian, and I would prefer to shop Australian. However, if our national retailers don’t give us decent options, then we either dress terribly, or we source other options.
I am really disappointed in Kmart – we deserve better. And with the collective plus size movement gaining momentum, we will get it. If major retailers don’t come up with the goods, it will impact their bottom line. And frankly, they deserve it.