As a young person who wants to dress like an actual young person, it's not as hard for me to find cool plus-size clothing today as it was even two or three years ago.
Unfortunately, that has little to do with major department stores and everything to do with awesome e-tailers like Boohoo and Fashion to Figure.
Department stores are still seemingly clueless about what the plus-size woman wants — and that's not just my personal opinion. Listen to the things department store execs have told plus-size designers about "what plus-size women want."
It will infuriate you.
Also on the list of things fashion executives have told McCarthy that plus-size women don't want: the color red, sleeveless pieces, pockets, and pants.
"And I'm always usually sitting there wearing what they're telling me nobody will wear," said McCarthy.
"We actually met with a major department store and we showed them our collection and they said, 'You've got it all wrong, you don't know the plus-size woman. You have way too much color, your clothes have too much construction, and they are way too fitted.'"
It gets worse. Here's what the executives said plus-size women want.
"What you need to do is make clothes that are dark, that are really baggy, that a woman is going to wear to the grocery store and to get her kids from school. And your price point is too high because plus-size women don't feel good about themselves and they're always trying to lose weight and so they're not going to spend money on their clothes."