Is shopping a depressing venture for you as well?
If it’s not, you’re one of the lucky ones. If you’re a feather above size M, shopping becomes a humiliating and depressing avoided adventure. If you’re an L you can still find a decent amount of clothes, however most are made for a size S, so more than half of the clothes you manage to fit in don’t suit you. That’s me. And we’re talking about dresses and tops because size L pants are a joke, a very lame joke.
Most of the time you can’t even find a size L on the racks, even though the label says it goes up to XXL. Then you have to do one of the most pleasant things on the universe: go to the ladies who work there and ask them if they have a bigger size. After they go through the judgemental full body scan they look for it and say no, or they just say they don’t without even bothering. If, by any chance you manage to find some clothes you like that seem to be in your size, you have to go through the depressing process of trying them on and the humiliation of leaving the clothes with the person who collects them, while they also give you a full body judgemental body scan.
I have no idea why shopping is so hard. It would be in the benefit of EVERYBODY if clothes were available in all sizes and the atmosphere in all shops were inclusive and welcoming for everyBODY. Why? Because we’d all shop like crazy, that’s why. Or at least considerably more.
When, in the end, you find something, it is usually in the shape of what your 68 year old conservative aunt Gerta would wear. And that is so not fair! I am tired of only the basic-est of the most basic designs being available in large sizes. I want shapes, I want colours, I want textures, I want prints, I want it all.
And I found it. In Miniprix.
For weeks, every single time I go to an event or just generally out on more than an errand, everybody keeps asking me about my coat. They all assume it’s some sort of brand, because every time I say I found it in Miniprix they are shocked. I was too. I saw it in the other end of the hall, grabbed my shopping basket tightly and ran, leaving only my dignity behind. I almost teared up when I grabbed it, as I saw that it not only fit, it is actually one size bigger.
And that is the wonder of Miniprix. They have big sizes and they have awesome stuff in big sizes as well. Of course, not everything is as crazy colourful as this jacket, because a lot of people like more toned down stuff, so there’s a lot of boring basics too (sorry guys, if it ain’t shiny, it’s boring). However, there’s a huge selection that goes up to very generous size XXL of occasion wear. Which is not something I can say about ANY other shop in Romania.
It’s a drag to find great dresses if you’re fat in our country (and not the fun type). Of course, you can buy some material and find a great seamstress to make a dress for you, however it would cost a fortune if you wanted a dress like the ones I’m wearing, with embroidery or sequins. Another amazing fact is that most of the dresses I am wearing are Frock & Frill, an amazing British brand that is also pretty expensive. In Miniprix, however, these dresses cost about 15% of what they cost online and no, they are not second, nor have any defects. Black magic, I’m telling you.
The clothes are also arranged by size, so you don’t have to cry over designs that do not fit you, you can just head over to your racks and pick from there. There’s dressing rooms, so you can try them on and they add new items every Thursday. My favourite shop is most definitely the one in Otopeni. It might sound far, however rather than going through an endless chain of humiliations while going from shop to shop in the Baneasa mall, how about you give it a try? If you’re not from Bucharest, you can also shop online here.
For some people clothes don’t really matter, but if they do for you, I really hope you found something you feel great in this Holiday season. Because you’re worth it! 🔥🔥🔥
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