Open Letter to Plus Size Women; Stop Complaining About Price10:17 AM
To the plus size women of the world,
The title says it all. This is my open letter to women that say they want quality but don't want to pay the price for quality. Within the last couple of days since Monif C released more of her bathing suits for the season, I have been reading a lot of the comments and the common statements that I continuously see is...
"I won't pay $200 for a bathing suit"
"It's too expensive."
"Why are her things always so expensive"
"$200 for a bathing suit uhhhhhh....no"
It truly grinds my gears to hear plus size women complain about pricing. So many of us are the 1st ones to say that we want quality clothing. We petition and take to social media in order to grab the attention of the fashion industry. We want brands & designers to create pieces for us that will cater to vast differences of our curves but still be functional. We want the same attention to detail and quality that is given to straight size women. We want the swimsuit that holds the "girls" up, holds in our "guts" creates clean lines for our curves & won't fall a part or lose it's shape after a few wears. But when plus size designers like Monif C. who every year produces multiple bathing suits that will encompass most if not all of these aforementioned criteria and charge $200 we don't want to pay for that. We want b***h & moan and say "I'm not paying for that" We want to say "well forever 21 has something similar for $30" Here's our reality, you will never get Monif quality with forever 21 price tag. If you want quality you have to pay for quality. It's cliche, but it's so true.
Now don't get me wrong. I have no issue with shopping at Forever 21 as I am an avid shopper there. I know it is easier & cheaper to run to your local Forever 21, or your local Target or Walmart and buy a swimsuit. I also understand that if you aren't someone that goes to a beach or pool often, then spending $200 on a bathing suit might not be smart. And some of us are in a position where we just don't have the budget to spend $200 on a swimsuit. I get it, but what you have to understand, is that everything can't be cheap. Especially when a brand puts tremendous thought behind the construction of clothing, particularly plus size clothing.
I can say speaking from experience the quality & the care the goes into each & every one of Monif's bathing suits is top notch. And that is what you have to understand. You can't want a champagne life with beer bottle pockets. It doesn't work that way.
And some of you will make the argument that just because it's expensive doesn't mean it's of good quality. In some cases that may be true. But I pose this challenge to you, purchase a Monif C bathing suit, then purchase one cheap bathing suit, and tell me you don't feel the obvious difference. As plus size women we require more from clothing, with that typically comes a higher price tag for somethings.
Charging in the hundreds for a bathing suit is nothing new in fashion. Designer bathing suits for straight size women can be JUST as expensive and they have a fraction of the material we do. That should tell you something. All I'm saying is stop complaining about price. If want you cheap stick to forever 21 & target bathing suits. If that's all you can afford that's fine. No judgement, because if you can rock the life out of the bathing suit then 2 snaps & a twirl to you. But there are plenty of brands that make more affordable swimsuits (Torrid, Lane Bryant, Josephine Swim, Becca Etc. Sorella Swim, Swimsuits for All)
Maybe a Monif C bathing suit is not for you. But we can't demand the best then turn around & not want to pay the price. Ladies we have to do better.