Resources for People of Size
I figure that everybody knows about the big stores for plus-sized men and women, so I won’t bother to mention them. I don’t know if everybody has found stores like Holy Clothing, who make comfy clothes in a huge range of size that feel wonderful and fit very nicely. (My sole gripe: I’ve only found one style that has pockets! Give me pockets, people!) They’re probably listed on most of the FAQs, but I’ve had such a lovely experience with their clothes that I had to mention them.
There is (or was, I need to call and make sure they’re still there) a plus-sized consignment shop up in Roswell that had beautiful clothes when I last visited. You can call Refinery Plus Size Consignment at 770−640−7587 to get directions to the new store. They did have everything from jeans to winter coats to fancy evening dresses to beautiful lingerie (I’m talking about honeymoon-type stuff) when I was over there. They carry sizes 14W through 8X.
For leather clothing, call Larry Dooley of Warlord at 404−315−9000. His wife is a BBW, and if you look through the photographs showing some of his designs you’ll see her modeling many of them. He only does custom (and very nice!) work and is very supportive of plus-sized people. He’s very attuned to making the right thing for your particular shape and personality — nothing is “standard” there.
I don’t know if this site is in the FAQs. While I was pregnant I found it even more difficult than usual to find nice clothes, because many maternity stores didn’t carry plus sizes. I wish I’d had access to the Plus-Size Pregnancy web site back then!
I truly enjoyed Lynne Murray’s mystery books featuring plus-sized heroine Jo Fuller, Larger Than Death, Large Target, At Large, and A Ton of Trouble. While I have been practicing size acceptance for several years now, Jo Fuller is the first fictional character I’ve encountered who truly does the same, and the dialogue between the Jo and all the people pushing diets at her really rang true for me.
Shortly after reading Murray’s books, I ran across Such a Pretty Face while browsing the shelves of the Science Fiction & Mystery Bookshop in Atlanta. Doug Beekman’s cover caught my attention immediately — it’s beautiful! Then I saw that it was edited by Lee Martindale, someone I remembered encountering (and respecting) in the size acceptance newsgroups. At that point I probably would have bought it no matter what, but the theme of the anthology cinched it — every story features a person of size. I finished it within 48 hours of getting it, and it was wonderful. As usual with any anthology, I enjoyed some pieces more than others. I think Demon Bone by Teresa Noelle Roberts had to be my favorite story. The poem Fat Is Not A Fairy Tale by Jane Yolen and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough’s tale Worse Than The Curse were awfully good, though. Paula L. Fleming’s Polyformus Perfectus left me wishing it were the beginning of a novel rather than a short story.
One of the reasons I kept putting off updating this section of my site is that I just didn’t want to remove the paragraph about Radiance, which was one of my very favorite publications ever. I’m still terribly disappointed about it going out of business, and I know it wasn’t my fault because I subscribed from almost the very moment I learned of its existence and bought subscriptions for a few other people. It covered so much more than fashion! One of the many delightful things about Charis Books, Little Five Points (here in Atlanta) was that they could be counted on to have copies of Radiance, at least until they sold out.
Charis still carries New Moon which isn’t specifically a publication about size acceptance, but encouring girls to develop positive, healthy body images is one of the things they do. Our girls loved the magazine until they outgrew it. I’m looking forward to buying a subscription for my little niece as soon as she’s old enough for it.
Teen Voices is a publication by, for about about teenaged girls. It’s a lot like New Moon except that it’s for a slightly older audience and is a lot edgier. My girl has pretty much outgrown it, too, now, which makes me sad. (I no longer have an excuse for reading it!) Charis usually has it too!
Finally, I absolutely love the Barbarian Guide to Diet and Exercise.
1 Not sure if her name is up to date?