Excuse me, but where do you shop for clothes?
Two whole days to myself. That’s what I had at the beginning of our trip to Melbourne. The hubby was at a work conference, you see, so I had to entertain myself.
Well, I knew exactly what to do. Everyone kept telling me that Australia was a shopping mecca, and apparently there was excellent shopping to be had in Melbourne. So that’s what I set out to do. I needed some clothes, and by gosh, I was gonna find some.
I started out by just wandering, getting my bearings. I found lots of boutique stores that just don’t cater to my plus-sized frame. So down I went to the Visitors Information Centre. They had pamphlets dedicated to shopping. Fantastic. So off I went again.
I went down all the major shopping streets. I went into the malls. I went to Docklands. I went to Big W and to Target. I went to Myers and I went to David Jones. And I kept wondering to myself… where are all the plus-sized clothes? To be sure, I was finding (small!!) sections with some plus-sized clothes, but no more and no better quality or price than what I get in New Zealand. Where was the amazing stuff I was promised?
I admit, I became a bit obsessed. I started to seriously people-watch. That’s when I realised I was the fattest person on the streets of Melbourne. Plus-sized divas were few and far between. I could count them on my two hands.
And then I got an idea! I would approach my fellow plus-sized shoppers and ask “Excuse me, can you tell me where you shop for clothes?”
Oh I was tempted. I nearly did. But before I did, I considered how I would feel if someone approached me with the same question. And then I chickened out, and I didn’t do it. I was too scared by what I suspected would be the response.
All I have to show for my two days of clothes shopping? A tank top and a pair of shorts. From Target. On sale for $32 AUD. Yeah. That didn’t work out so well.
Have you been shopping in Melbourne? Are you plus-sized? How would you have felt if a plus-sized foreigner approached you with that question? And where did you shop for clothes?