I’m a size 12/14, 38D right now.Now I can understand larger sized women wanting comfortable, quality workout clothing. By-in-large it just doesn't readily exist. You have to hunt for it -- especially sports bras. I can also understand that they are a large demographic largely underrepresented in the sportswear industry. Also, larger women (and men) have...shall we say... support issues that are often overlooked as well. (I've never seen an "athletic" version of a pregnancy band to help people with larger lower abdomens not feel to jiggly, especially when spandex/lyrca just isn't helping to stop the jiggle when doing things like running.)
I recently went into a lulu store and while I was frustrated that there weren’t more cute things available in my size, I definitely saw it as motivation to continue in my journey towards a healthier me.
The one thing that was disappointing, and what someone mentioned above, is the attitude of employees toward me. Luckily I was with a friend that has been through the journey (losing around 90lbs, I think) and she was very helpful when the tata tamer couldn’t tame my tatas. However one employee made me very uncomfortable with her disproving glance. I bet she didn’t even realize she did it. Le sigh.
There was one comment that kinda struck a nerve with me
Sorry but fat people are in denial if they think it’s attractive to show their rolls, stop rationalizing on why it’s okay to reveal some skin when you’re fat!I think this guy Mike just doesn't get it. It's not about fat people wanting to reveal skin. It's about us wanting to be counted among those who value their health and well being. It's like being the only one on a sports team not wearing the uniform. If we're in the gym, if we're in the yoga studio, we want to look and feel the part of being an athlete while doing the work.
Comment by Mike
That, and I don't care what size you are -- every person has some part of their body that is unflattering or that they might not be 100% comfortable with. I mean, even models do the whole standing in the mirror and listing off a litany of their flaws thing. Everyone has rolls, extra skin, scars, weird lumps and bumps on their body, especially when they have no control over what angle they're viewed from. You don't need to be a size 16 in order to have body topography. Should the use of yoga clothing (some of which isn't even that revealing) be denied to all but those with low body fat percentages and modelesque proportions? HELL NO.
Should lululemon be criticized for their contrasting message of body acceptance and yet not sell clothing in a variety of sizes? Perhaps. But it's their choice to only produce certain sizes. Productionwise, it's hard to make plus-size clothing without having to redesign clothing. Up to a size 12, there are predictable body changes (especially among women). After a 14/16, women's bodies vary in predictable, but varied ways (adding weight around the hips, around the abdomen, around the chest, through the appendages). I've never been a particularly bottom-heavy size plus-sized gal. What if they stopped at 18/20? Should they be criticized for not making a 20/22? It would never end. But their message of body acceptance is correct -- even if you have to show up for yoga in the clothing that fits you, or heck... go naked in protest.
So anyways, I bought (and fit into) a pair of size 12 lululemon pants. I'm not quite ready to fit into the tops I liked, and didn't fit into any of the bras. My lower half is bigger than my top half at this point.
What I really couldn't deal with was one employee. I put on the pair of pants with a really cute top. I knew it didn't fit, but I wanted to show my friend how close I was to being lulu-worthy. The employee gave me the up and down and made a smarmy look as if to say "I can't believe you think that looks good on you." She was a petite girl who didn't come by being thin the hard way. If only I could have told her I started at 240 lbs, maybe she would have understood that this wasn't any normal purchase. This was a milestone. This was the second pair of size 12 pants that I've ever owned (having gone from a girl's XL straight to a size 14).
My point is this -- some people have to come by their health and size the hard way. It would be nice for others (both large and small) to not be judgmental along the way. I'm a firm believer that you can't instantly know a person just by looking at them, and that it's important to recognize that everyone is on their own journey.
Speaking of journeys... this rant is keeping me from getting to the gym...