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16 Annoying Struggles All People Who Are In Between Plus And Straight Sizes Have To Deal With

Welcome to the gray area.

1. Knowing what your size is going to be in any store is a unique challenge.

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Well, I ate most of my burrito at lunch today, so that means I'm either an XL or perhaps a 18, but really, WHO KNOWS!?

2. If you want to shop painlessly, you practically need a spreadsheet to keep track of your sizes.

Keeping track of what your size is at every store requires the kind of mental gymnastics reserved for trigonometry.

3. You will never be able to buy something without trying it on.

Get in that dressing room line no matter how long it is, because if you don't you'll leave with a pile of things to return and mountains of interminable sadness.

4. If you absolutely HAVE to leave with something that day, get ready to leave with something that doesn't quite fit.

It is hard AF to find things that fit well enough without tailoring. Do you have an emergency fancy event to go to? I hope you're handy with safety pins and a staple gun, because that dress you bought probably needs some work.

5. If you know for a fact that a store sells your size, you'll never be able to find it.

The tag on this H&M frock says that this thing comes in a 16, so where in the holy hell is it?

6. The stretch-test will mislead you more than you'd like to admit.

You might think that stretching out the waist of a jersey dress and holding it against your body is a reasonable way to estimate if something will fit without trying it on, but you would be wrong.

7. A trip to the dressing room means entering with about 100 things and leaving with two.

The two things you usually do leave with are usually dope as hell.

8. Online shopping presents its own particular set of frustrations.

Get ready to get VERY COMFORTABLE with a measuring tape.

9. Shopping with straight size friends is something to be avoided.

No, I don't want to go to Zara and watch you try on things while I maybe leave with an overpriced necklace.

10. Buying. Jeans. Is. Hell.


If you buy them a size too small, you can't breathe until the third time you wear them out. If you size up, they zip happily in the dressing room, but end up sliding off your ass by the end of the day.

11. Finding a fast fashion store that has a plus size section feels like winning the lottery.

Even if it's two racks shoved in the back by the dressing room, finding out that your local H&M has a plus-size section is #blessed.

12. Some of your favorite clothes are from the maternity section.

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There is not a baby in this body, but this dress fits me the way I want it to.

13. Buying a bathing suit is an exercise in frustration.

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If it fits your butt, it doesn't fit your boobs. If it fits your boobs, buy one in every single color.

14. There are certain stores that just won't have anything for you.

Oh, we're going to Anthropologie? Catch me in the home goods section.

15. People try to help by giving you clothes that "will definitely fit."

Sure, hand over that dress. I would love to struggle my way into this laughably small XL while you watch.

16. Any shirt that buttons is designed to make you feel terrible.

If it fits in the arms, it wont button past your bellybutton. Guaranteed.

The struggle is real, but don't despair. What would Beysus do?

Throw on a caftan and be free, my children, BE FREE.

Remember this: You're still fly as hell.