The Old Navy (Gap Inc.) plus-size clothing controversy is presently shining a bright light on gender-related sizeism.
Dissatisfied customer Renee Posey opted to create a Change.org petition to deal with what she felt was blatant discrimination by Gap Inc.
With more than 76,000 signatures, the petition has generated quite a bit of buzz and perhaps caused Gap Inc. to rethink their treatment of plus-sized women.
However, there is an alternative to pressuring the Old Navy owners to change: Shop elsewhere.
There are a growing number of retailers that either carry stylish plus-size clothing sections or make no distinction between sizing at all.
And to be perfectly frank, the styles are a lot cuter than what you’re being overcharged for at Old Navy.
Head over to the US site for British retailer Dorothy Perkins and look around for a plus-size clothing section.
Despite offering clothing options to US size 18 (certain sections go up to size 22), Dorothy Perkins has NO plus size section. And all clothing items are the same price no matter what your size.
British retailer Evans has an American website which offers plus-size clothing specifically; clothing options begin at size 10 and end at size 28.
The site even lets you shop by body shape. If you’re an “apple”, never worry about buying jeans designed for someone who’s more of a “pear”.
If you’re looking for something trendy and cheap, you can rarely go wrong with Forever 21+.
Also, there doesn’t seem to be a difference in clothing prices regardless of whether you’re a size 6 or a size 20.
ASOS and ASOS Curve
The UK seems to be on a roll when it comes to plus-size clothing options.
As with Forever 21, there doesn’t seem to be any pricing distinction for plus-size clothing.
These are but a few fashionable alternatives to Old Navy if you don’t want to be charged extra because of your size.
If plus-size fashionistas have other suggestions, feel free to share in the comments section!