THE REALITY OF SHOPPING AS A THICK/PLUS SIZE WOMAN. ‼️ changing rooms can be scary places. I am wearing the largest size from one of the most popular high street stores sells in bikinis which is 12-14. High street store bikinis do not cater for women of my body type. Majority of online stores don't either. NO ONE GETS IT so for any upcoming designers I got come tips for u BIG BREASTS NEED UNDERWIRE FOR SUPPORT FOR A YOUTHFUL LIFT WE NEED CUP SIZES THAT CORRELATE TO BRA SIZES AND THEY NEED TO GO PAST DD WE NEED CUPS THAT ACTUALLY COVER MORE THAN OUR NIPPLE WE NEED CUPS THAT BRING OUR BOOBS TOGETHER SO THERES NOT A MASSIVE GAP IN-BETWEEN THEM WE NEED STRAPS THAT AREN'T SO TIGHT ITS AS THOUGH OUR NECK IS ABOUT TO SNAP OFF WE NEED BIKINI BOTTOMS THAT DONT GIVE IS WEDGIES WHEN WE WALK WE NEED STRING BIKINIS THAT DONT EXPOSE OUR VAGINA LIPS WE NEED SWIMSUITS THAT FIT OVER OUR HIPS WITHOUT DRAGGING THE NECK OF THE COSTUME DOWN CAUSING NECK ACHE WE DESERVE MORE CHOICE IN THE SELECTION FOR OUR BODY TYPE THAT ISN'T JUST THE GENERIC BLACK SWIMSUIT WITH A KIMONO YES BELIEVE IT OR NOT , SOME OF US ACTUALLY WANT A THONG BIKINI , THE WHOLE SELECTION DOESN'T HAVE TO BE HIGHWAISTED WE'RE GONNA NEED YOU TO STOP USING MODELS WITH FAKE BOOBS THAT AREN'T A REAL DEPICTION OF WHAT THE BRA WOULD LOOK LIKE ON OUR REAL DROOPY ONES ITS NOT FAIR THAT WE CANT WALK WEAR CUTE SWIMWEAR JUST BC WE ARE BUILT DIFFERENTLY. WE DESERVE TO WALK INTO A STORE AND PAY £10 FOR A NICE BIKINI WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK AND OUR BODY CONFIDENCE. Inspo @alissbonyt #everyBODYisbeautiful bottom line is: MAKE CLOTHES FOR ALL SIZE & BODIES.
And now, an uncontroversial opinion: Plus-size women shouldn't need to drop hundreds of dollars — or visit specialty stores — to find a bikini that actually fits.
Though the average UK woman is a size 16, there's still a significant gap between the need for body-inclusive swimwear and the sizes retailers actually provide. Case in point: British model Sunny Turner's recent Instagram post.
On Tuesday, Turner took to social media to show "the reality of shopping as a thick/plus size woman." Alongside three dressing room selfies of herself in a black bikini, she wrote: "I am wearing the largest size from one of the most popular high street stores;" she noted that, in her experience, the majority of online and brick-and-mortar stores "do not cater for women of [her] body type." In the post, she also maligned the lack of style choice available for plus-size women, declaring that "it's not fair that we can't [wear] cute swimwear just bc [sic] we are built differently. We deserve to walk into a store and pay £10 for a nice bikini without breaking the bank and our body confidence." Man, do we agree.
Turner's Instagram is (unsurprisingly) gaining serious online traction — it's spreading an important message (#everyBODYisbeautiful) and reflecting a widespread feeling (that "changing rooms can be scary places"). In fact, a recent survey of Refinery29 readers found that 54% of people say trying on clothing in-store is one of the most stressful body-centric situations they experience.