10 Reasons Why I Won’t Shop at Your Plus Size Store or Site

Every day, a new plus size boutique opens up online, and I love it! I really do! However, when headed to your site, there are few things that make me cringe, make me close the window, never to ever check for you again. I know it’s kind of harsh, but first impressions are everything and in order for the shopping and options for plus size fashion to get better, we have to do better!

Why am I writing this?

One reason: I want us to do more and be better!

I love the moxie and panache that designers and retailers are providing to us, the plus size shopper- however, there are certain things that kill it for me, and have me rushing back to my tried and true shopping haunts… I want to support you and your endeavors, I do! So, to help you out, I have amassed a list of my irritations and frustrations (and some shared to me!)

Without further ado, here are the:

10 Reasons Why I Wont Shop at your Plus Size Site

  1. No shopping A non plus size model. This is really close to home with me… especially as if you check out the comments on my facebook page or on my blog, the call out for visibly plus size models is major! While I may be able to pretend to imagine how something will look on curves given my background, not every woman will. Stock photos are frustrating too… take the time and you will see an amaizing response- a brand to recently benefit from this: Fashion to Figure.
  2. Auto Play Music. While I may go to the club in a dress from your line, I do not want to go to the club while I am shopping. And if I cannot find the mute button, I am gone. Chances are I am already at my own club, playing music on my own desktop or laptop.
  3. Horrible pictures. If the picture is small and I cannot click to make bigger, if its pixilated, or if the picture only highlights a section of the garment and I cannot see the whole thing? I’m gone. Oh, and if you have done a photoshoot/ look book, make this a separate section on your site. A woman sitting down in a dress does not sell me the dress. Lighting, lack of or overuse of photoshop also falls into this.
  4. Poor Styling. Not every item should have me thinking I am at the club, not should I be able to see bras straps, shapers, or anything else that clashes with the featured item.
  5. All Flash Everything . While a site can have a few flash elements, not all flash sites play nice in every browser or cell phone.
  6. A non professionally designed site. This includes WIX, Vistaprint, or I am sure there are others, but nothing has me doubt the seriousness of your site than a site from these places. You have Big Cartel, Etsy, WordPress.com, and Facebook that offer options to sell your wares through…There are a few bloggers who do this as a full time gig, check out Lianne Farbes, Luvvie, Sarah (huny), and sooo many more! 
  7. Pricing. Your pricing must reflect your image. Why am I going to pay $200 for a dress on a site that is suspect? On the other hand, why are you charging $100 for a dress bought at the local LA Mart or Garment District? Please do not assume that your shoppers are none the wiser… If you got it for $3.00 and selling it for $100? No ma’am…
  8. No Social Share buttons. I know it may sound trivial, but this means a whole lot to me, especially if I am on the fence, I will go to my friends and network for help and feedback. I may want to bookmark you, share, or whatever. With the ease of inserting a few lines of code, you can be social!
  9. YOUR Social Profile is Unprofessional. What do I mean? I follow you on twitter, Facebook, or wherever and you are constantly talking nasty, talking about people, or talking about how no one supports you. Negative Nancy never motivated me to support you. AND it gives me pause that if I has any type of question, that you would just shut me down or turn around and publicly humiliate me. This is real, please take note, we are watching.
  10. No relationships. You are on every group, page, or site over promoting yourself. If I go to your twitter page, all that is there is your site info and no conversation? You are hopping from page to page over promoting your brand without page owner’s permission? Just because you have a store does not mean that people will automatically shop or promote you. Build relationships, engage your audience, and you may learn some valuable gems of business knowledge.Take a note from Monif C, Eloquii, Hips and Curves, Igigi, Ashley Stewart, and Just As U Are for a few ideas! Their social pages (Twitter, Facebook, Blogs) are engaging and involved with their fans and shoppers! It’s not just sale, sell, sale! 
  11. A bonus one here: Payment and Shipping. If you do not have a verified or secured mode of payment, I am not shopping your site. If you do not offer paypal, I probably will still shop, but will with hesitation. For shipping? If you charge an astronomical fee, OR do not have free returns or take over two weeks to deliver and you are based in the US, chances are i am not shopping with you. 

Okay… SO I covered my ten reasons why I would NOT shop a certain plus size store or site. While not a single infraction will deter me, especially if design is top notch, but if two or more apply, definitely rethink your approach and strategize! There are so many resources for you to do it big and we really want you to succeed! We just need you to make it work!

But I would love to know what other blocks do you have when looking at sites? What turns you off?

Make sure you check out the first post I did, on starting a plus size boutique and how to work with bloggers! More jewels to come soon!

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  • guyanesesista

    I’m on Etsy now but I’m looking to move to Bigcartel next year. I’ll definitely keep the tips that apply in mind.

  • Sunday Omony

    High five! Powerful blog post Marie! Thank you. #Inspired xo

  • Ashley Rose

    Bad styling or over styling is a huge one for me.. I feel too many brands over style their photoshoots which makes it harder for me to envision the item in my wardrobe!

  • Sparkle Creations

    Wow! thanks for this awesome post! On my way to remove the music from my website now, lol! Much appreciated! :-)

  • Madinah

    i dont like when the clothing only goes up to a 24 but it really fits a 20-22, and when theres no in between with the clothes some sites go from teen plus size club wear to older frumpy looking clothing, i would luv a plus size website that carries a wide range of plus size.

  • Voluptuouspsb

    I love this article, another one of yours that I read before opening my online boutique and I always refer back to it, just making sure I am going by the checklist.

  • Smith Katrinalee

    ohh i have another gripe not only am i curvy but i am also short five feet exactly so why arnt they catering to a shorter size or for the tall curvy girls a taller size. not every girl who wheres a size 16-18 is 5″8 or 6″4 and some curvy fashions just looks rediclous to the point it can’t be taylored.

  • Smith Katrinalee

    design somthing that is age appropriate and has shape, i am still in my twenties and i want something that has a good shape and is young, fresh and flirty i want to wear fashion not wear something that is pretty but resembles a old sack or makes me look like im 40.

  • Myempiricist

    Okay, okay… I’m guilty. I did start my site on Wix for the cost savings, but now that I have gained popularity locally I am in the planning stages of upgrading my site and making a mobile friendly version. Thank you for your articles for business owners.
    I too am a plus size woman and was tired of spending hundreds of dollars for items that weren’t of quality. I am looking forward to passing on the savings to current & future customers. Thanks again!

  • Elevenam

    i have to add that i hate when there isn’t a size chart!
    i have to add i have a beef with one of the stores you mentioned — they finally opened a store in my area and the website indicates up to a size 26 is offered. HA. i’m a 3x/22 and not a single thing fit me (and i tried on a variety of clothing that claimed to be a 3x). i’m so glad i never ordered off of the website.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PCTAU5X2GBQT2KVF3GDYMFXJZU kilwc

    Not going past a size 18, 22, or 24 is a pretty good reason not to shop a site.

    Also, just to add to this, models that aren’t actually fat are a huge turn off for me. What’s more, the models are clearly wearing clothes that are too big for them and they look horrible in them. Or the models are young, but the clothes are matronly and make them look horrible. Do Not Like.

  • http://www.facebook.com/YourRomanceDiva Jessie Matthews

    VIDEO ADS! I can’t tell you how much I hate going to a site and having it start playing a movie the second the page loads. Even if you CAN turn it off, I usually leave. I also hate pages and sites with lots of pop-up advertising. It’s so 1990 and still just as annoying.

  • Plussizedbarbie Al

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I could not wait to read this article, as a newbie in the industry you are always on the prowl for assistance on making your business the best, besides just having good customer service and cheap prices. I really appreciate your honesty and I know other business owners share gratitude! Wishing you the best and lots of success!

  • Shasee

    I love this post… and I so agree with everything that you have written. We “plus size” women value ourselves.. and will not take on just what you think is best for us. Thank you

  • http://twitter.com/HopeVarnedoe Hope Varnedoe

    This is a fantastic article and I couldn’t agree more. I can’t thank you enough for your blog. It has led me to some fabulous plus size sites that I didn’t even know existed. You are wonderful.

  • CurvyCEO

    Well, dag – tell ‘em why you mad! LOL!

  • http://PlusSizeInnerPeace.com Stephanie Rainbow Bell

    WOW! Do I love this post! I actually would never have thought of WRITING it — but I ABSOLUTELY think EVERY ONE of those points as I am engaging with new friends and followers on social media especially!

    Another peeve for me is too small print in the description. Make it easy for me please! If I have to squint to read it — I’m outta there to a site that makes it EZ PZ 4 me! :)

    Happy Shopping Everyone!

    Rainbow Blessings!

    • http://thecurvyfashionista.mariedenee.com Marie Denee

      I kind of felt, through many emails, facebook messages, and conversations, that this needed to be addressed from a constructive place… not mean-spirited… just a real place! :)

  • justQuiandU

    I couldn’t agree more! Especially with the auto play music and shady pics of the clothing! I wonder though, in terms of Ashley Stewart, do you find that even though the clothes are cute that they ate cheaply made?

    • http://thecurvyfashionista.mariedenee.com Marie Denee

      It all depends on style, taste, and need for me… I have found items from various retailers that I find cute, but may or may not be executed well! It all depends on what I am looking for! :) I hope this helps!

  • Colleen

    Thanks for the article. The reasons I only reluctantly shop are: poor fit, lack of sales assistance (they don’t understand fit, fabric or style); poor construction/fabric choice (a size 18 plus does not want a light weight jersey or a flimsy chiffon); lack of undergarments that “support” the styling (Spanx is a great idea, but the one time I wore a girdle type bottom, in an effort to support the flimsy jersey pants I wore), I felt like my body was in a vault. Getting in/out of the Spanx was a workout! So…return to a consumer centric approach and I’ll be thrilled to buy.

    • http://thecurvyfashionista.mariedenee.com Marie Denee

      Two snaps Miss Coleen! Thank you for sounding off! I do hope that those who read will be understanding and take note! ;)

  • http://Johntines.com Tia

    Thank you for this list! Informative and noteworthy constructive criticism for those of us in the industry. Taking notes indeed :-)

    • http://thecurvyfashionista.mariedenee.com Marie Denee

      I am happy to help! Thank you so much!

      • ALia

        Wow Marie,
        For me your points are harsh yet 100% true. As a new plus size boutique e-commerce owner I truly value this information and I thank you for this harsh but true lesson. If you listen you will learn and improve. I know there are some points on your list that I am guilty of so this really hits home for me. I’m listening and learning. It is my goal to provide the curvy women that shop with me the very best experience and service. this gives me the extra added push to do my best and improve my brand.
        Thanks again !!!!

        From,

        The Student

        • http://lingerieheaven.co.nz/store/Plus-Size-Sexy-Lingerie.html Lilibeth loves plus lingerie

          One thing I would add (but never ever do) charging even 1 penny more for plus size clothes in the same style. I am a retailer and I just eat the costs,

          • dramadress

            A beyond FAB Plus size collection coming to DramaDress called curvaceous, Quality, Luxuy, and Sexy – http://www.DramaDress.com

  • http://www.eddyandbri.com Eddy

    This article definitely hits home for me as a consumer, model and boutique owner. When I first told people things about my business like I would only use plus models on my site or that if I get it for cheap, the customer gets it for cheap – they looked at me as if I had 3 heads. I am absolutely ecstatic that there are women out there that value business decisions that are made with them in mind. Now I am off to check my site against this list! :-)

    • http://thecurvyfashionista.com MarieDenee

      Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your thoughts! Thank you for the kind words too!

    • http://thecurvyfashionista.mariedenee.com Marie Denee

      Yes! Ding ding ding!!! Those that value business decisions! Yessssss

  • http://www.fullfigurednews.com Je Tuan Lavyonne

    Thank you for this post! You’ve written so many of my thoughts out. I want to support a lot of places as well but unfortunately I just don’t feel comfortable spending my money at some places. I’m hoping that this will help quite a few businesses to get everything decent and in order.

    • http://thecurvyfashionista.com MarieDenee

      Thank you sooo much for leaving your thoughts… I think if we speak up and share, this is the only way that we will be able to make advances and changes!

    • http://thecurvyfashionista.mariedenee.com Marie Denee

      I am hoping! :) We shall see!!!!