In my experience, there are two kinds of companies that put out supersize/extended-size catalogs for fat women:
- Large companies with mostly imported mass-produced clothing, cheap prices, and a propensity for selling their mailing lists. Quality tends to be uniform. Examples: Roaman’s, Woman Within, Silhouettes, Lane Bryant Catalog.
- Small specialty companies that only do plus or supersize clothing. Often they design and produce their clothing in-house, sometimes even to order, and may be owned and run by fat women who genuinely want to create clothing they’d like to wear. Prices tend to be higher. Quality varies. Examples: Making It Big, Junonia, Plus Woman, Love Your Peaches.
I’ve had good and bad experiences with companies in both categories. But now that this post at Living XXL points out Roaman’s and Woman Within signs you up for “free trial” of a $139.99 service when you cash a refund check, I probably won’t be shopping with them again.
Meanwhile, the Silhouettes catalog I received last night had maybe a dozen things in my size. Everything else – including everything I’d actually, you know, want to buy – was only in 1X-3X.
Lane Bryant Catalog is now owned by the Lane Bryant store. Not sure if that means they’ll restrict their sizes either.
FYI: I’ve posted about clothing and catalogs before, click here to view them.