Friday, July 11, 2014

Plus Size Clothes: Now Washable

It doesn't take an expert to realize that plus size clothing isn't exactly made out of the best material. Polyesters, Rayon, spandex, Lurex, even plastics compose many of the trendy and contemporary brands. You can often feel the quality when you touch the fabrics, you don't even need to wear it to understand its value. So, we wear over priced, lower quality fabric clothes, and we accept it.

Companies know we have to buy clothes, we want to buy clothes, and just like with straight sizes, or really any consumer good, there are always newer and better gimmicks. The most recent one I've seen was on a label of a shirt I purchased from, a website which features affordable and stylish clothes for a great discount. The label clearly said it was washable. 

Why does my article of clothing have to let me know that it's washable? Could there possibly be an existence of clothes that can't be washed? Lets be realistic for a moment. All these synthetic materials don't exactly breath like cotton. We are talking about sweat and body odor build up no matter what we wear. I hate to be the barer of bad news but, you should read some of your clothing labels sometime. You might discover something like this....

Excuse me? First, lets google what Polyurethane is. 

Oh, so its something I can find at the Home Depot to make my floors shiny again or protect a coat of paint. I wonder what genius in the plus size industry thought it would be ok to treat our garments like a home improvement project. 

Since most plus size clothing is bought online, you cant always directly feel the fabrics. Ladies, you need to be very cautious when you buy online. Read what the garment is made out of before you purchase. Often, the composition of the fabric is in a separate, often hidden drop down menu. If you can't find it, contact the company.  If you are in store, read the labels as well, don't walk out of the store with a piece of clothing that will be difficult to maintain. It's one thing to buy a dry clean only item, it's a whole other to buy a wipe down only item.

Be cautious, read labels, and if you see something that says "I'm washable" in store, complain to the manager, that's never an acceptable selling point. 

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