Tuesday, April 18, 2006

An Open Letter to Designers of Clothing for Chain Clothing Stores

Dear Designers,

I realize that you work for very large companies and that, in most cases, clothing designers at or near corporate offices and factories have very little contact with stockpersons at each store branch. Nevertheless, I wish to pose to you the following question:

Have you ever, say, wandered into one of your stores and noticed that the garments on mannequins are literally pinned in at the waist by the staff so as not to make the mannequins appear boxy-shaped or substantially thicker than they actually are?

If you answer the above question in the affirmative, then kindly allow me to pose one additional question to you:

If clothing has to be pinned back on MANNEQUINS to make them look thinner, then why, in the name of all that is decent, don't you simply cut the garments to be slenderer and more flattering in the first place?

Sincerely,
Arabella

13 Comments:

Anonymous TB said...

I think it's a conspiracy to make us feel bad about ourselves so we buy more clothes. It's the same reason dressing room mirrors and lighting make people look so heinous.

1:07 PM  
Blogger DebbieDoesLife said...

Don't you pin the waists on all your outfits like that??? I thought we were supposed to!

2:54 PM  
Blogger mama_tulip said...

Please send this letter. Pretty please.

2:56 PM  
Blogger Arabella said...

Thanks, Mama T. I've actually been considering it.

3:04 PM  
Blogger Tink said...

You tell em' girl!

*Mumble* Stupid clothing people. *Mumble*

3:27 PM  
Blogger wordgirl said...

Word!

3:35 PM  
Anonymous Izzy said...

I know, right?

10:10 PM  
Anonymous V-Grrrl said...

Seeing as I'm not built like a mannequin and my waist has disappeared since I chose to have two kids in my 30s and to eat too much chocolate in my 40s, I'm here to tell you Arabella that those clothes are made for ME and don't you dare let anyone mess with them! ; ) Some of us old farts do not like our shirts to hug our ribcages or suck up to our muffintops.

Enjoy your perfect abs. : )

9:36 AM  
Anonymous V-Grrrl said...

Seeing as I'm not built like a mannequin and my waist has disappeared since I chose to have two kids in my 30s and to eat too much chocolate in my 40s, I'm here to tell you Arabella that those clothes are made for ME and don't you dare let anyone mess with them! ; ) Some of us old farts do not like our shirts to hug our ribcages or suck up to our muffintops.

Enjoy your perfect abs. : )

9:36 AM  
Anonymous V-Grrrl said...

Seeing as I'm not built like a mannequin and my waist has disappeared since I chose to have two kids in my 30s and to eat too much chocolate in my 40s, I'm here to tell you Arabella that those clothes are made for ME and don't you dare let anyone mess with them! ; ) Some of us old farts do not like our shirts to hug our ribcages or suck up to our muffintops.

Enjoy your perfect abs. : )

9:36 AM  
Blogger Mignon said...

Yes, exactly what Vgrrl said 3 times (for added emphasis?). Square clothes? Okay! Waist hugging? Wait - what's a waist again?

12:58 PM  
Blogger The Gradual Gardener said...

I'm with V-grrl and Mignon. I need those boxy clothes. Sure, they're unflattering, but so is everything else worn on a boxy figure.

4:24 PM  
Blogger Ditsy Chick said...

Yeah and bring back shoulder pads as well....kidding, kidding....

6:27 PM  

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