Those of you who have been following my sidebar know that I've lost twelve pounds since December 15th. (Yay, me!) Even with this loss, I am still a woman of size and probably will be for about another nine to twelve months, depending on what the doctor decides to do with my medications and so forth.
I was walking around Walmart yesterday and had my four children with me. We passed the misses's section and I noticed some darling career wear outfits in gray and plum, two of my favorite colors. They had suits, skirts, blouses, shells, jackets - all adorable. I circled the cart around to the plus size department to see what they had that I might be interested in.
Oddly enough, there was no career wear in the plus size department. They had sweats, T-shirts, and jeans. That was it.
Tell me why it is that the smaller-sized women are being offered the career wear, while the larger women are being offered the "stay at home and look schlumpy" wear? I'm a larger woman, and I am a stay at home mom, but I'm also a professional and I need outfits to wear when I go out and meet other authors, editors, or clients. Is Walmart buying in to the fallacy that larger women can't be professionals, or that we should have no desire to wear professional-looking clothing?
Granted, when I want something nice to wear, I head for C.J. Banks in the mall. They're awesome. But I dislike this message Walmart gave me yesterday - that if I'm fat, I should only be wearing sweats.
My children were treated to a verbal diatribe. Good thing they're used to it.
And Walmart's getting a letter from me on Monday.