One of the biggest battles of fashion inclusivity is getting more plus sizes in retail stores.
Last year, the CEO of Eloquii told CNBC that while 65% of American women are over a size 14, plus-size clothing only accounts for 17 to 18% of total apparel sales. To boot, as plus size e-commerce grows, the number of physical stores that carry larger sizes are actually shrinking.
Personally, I shop exclusively at retail and online stores that cater to plus-size women. And up until yesterday, that did not include Zara.
Even though I wear a 3X, I immediately ran to the Fifth Ave. Zara.
Tags specify whether an item is carried in XXL or not.
Even though it sucks that the entire inventory isn't offered in XXL, it's nice to know whether an item is carried in the size or not — so you don't go searching through the whole store hoping to find the last XXL of something that isn't even carried in that size in the first place.
This cat printed top buttoned up and fit my arms — until I actually moved them. #restricting
The rest of the XXL tops barely buttoned. At this point, my excitement had decreased by a good 50%
When I asked about bottoms in an XXL, the sales clerk said she'd seen a trouser or two somewhere... It was as if she was talking about a mythical creature who only appears once a year.
When I browsed through their Women's and TRF collections, most XXL sizes seemed to be sold out.
The sad part is, the onus is on us. If we don't buy Zara's extended sizes, they probably won't expand or even continue to sell them.
But with options like these, I'm hardly inspired to pull out my wallet.