2016 EDIT: A new online Australian store has opened up specializing in PLUS SIZE WOMEN’S SNOW GEAR! Read all about it here. Or continue with the original post below…
So, while I wanted to stay nice and positive on this blog, I do have a major gripe about a big gap (pardon the pun) in the plus size market – women’s plus size snowboarding and skiing gear.
In almost all other areas of my fashion life, I don’t feel that I am disadvantaged because of my size – in fact, I think many of the plus size lines available these days are way cuter than their smaller-sized counterparts. But when it came to finding plus size snowboarding gear for my trip to Japan, I came across a big fat frumpy zero options for women.
So, we are left to buy men’s plus size snowboarding gear, in which we face a few problems, both from a fashion, fit and practicality standpoint… And even then, although there are more sizes available in men’s lines, particularly in Australia, they are not easy to find…
While a gripe is the main theme of this post, I did want to give a little shout out to the Mountain Warehouse in the UK. Considering it was Christmas, and the pants I ordered were bulky, postage was both reasonable and fast. I ordered 2 men’s snowboarding pants, and chanced-it by ordering the biggest size they had – I figured I can always wear a belt right? So that was a men’s XXXL. Now I am an size 16 in plus size clothes and a 20 in standard lines. The men’s XXXL are swimming around my waist, but fit snugly on my hips – which highlights one of the big problems with plus size women wearing men’s clothing – men are not genetically designed to bear children and therefore have narrow hips. I will never find a pair of men’s pants that fit both my waist, hips are don’t drag over my boots!! I managed to pick up a pairs of men’s Rip Curl XXL pants, which are quite restrictive on my hips. I come across the same fit issues with men’s jackets – which women’s snowboarding jackets have a tapered waist to give you a nice curvy (albiet padded) shape. Men’s jackets are square and boxy, and again, narrow at the hips. Plus, lets face it, the men’s ranges are not pretty, and at the end of the day – don’t I deserve to feel as fabulous on the slopes as I do on the street??!
Have I missed something? Do you know of a line to save me from future frumpiness? Please leave a comment and let me know 🙂
Anyway, the ugliness of my outfits have been putting me in a mood before I go boarding – which, considering I am a terrible snowboarder and take an absolute battering on the slopes, is not the best frame of mind. I may spend a lot of time on my bum/knees/back/face in the snow – at least my outfit should look great!