I am slowly getting back into the swing of things after the long Christmas break, which was fab getting to spend time with the family, but it is always good to get back into the old routine isn’t it…..?
Today I am going to talk about Simply Be…. Simply Be along with Evans used to be our only go to places for plus size clothing, Simply Be for online, and Evans for the High Street. Over time our options have improved, but these two particular retailers would always be held in high regard as the two that gave us big ladies the opportunity to express ourselves more within up to date fashions, and step away from dressing like our Grandma’s. Unfortunately, it would seem recently, that one of these retailers have started to turn their back on the people who made them who they are today!
Since branching into smaller sizes, and trying to be a retailer who offers an “inclusive” range, it seems the larger sizes have suffered….. I’ve said it before, I will say it again, if you are going to offer plus size do it properly and offer sizes up to and including a 32 or even a 36!!!! And if you are going to advertise the fact you offer an inclusive range, bloody well do it!!!!
To give you an idea of what I’m getting at, I have taken a screenshot from the website today, chosing my all time fave frocks….
As you can see, if you are a size 32+ you are shit right out luck me ole china!
I have to admit to having moved away from Simply Be more and more recently. Even though I am, as a rule, a size 24, and shouldn’t have too much of an issue shopping with most stores, online and in the high street, who offer plus sizes (most will cater up to a 24 if they offer plus size), I have found the sizing from Simply Be very hit and miss, I have to shop online as my nearest store is at least 1.5-2hrs drive, so I spend time, I don’t have, ordering multiple sizes, returning items, and generally being disappointed.
Pricing also seems very inflated, and I am lead to believe if you have an account the interest rate is very high. This would not be an issue for me as long as the quality mirrored the prices, but this does not appear to be the case. I saw recently on Leah’s blog how she, as I know many others have done, put up with the prices and the lack of decent quality because Simply Be catered for us, we were thankful and grateful for their existence…. but we don’t have to anymore, well, not as much, we have more options now…. Where would Simply Be without the likes of you and me…. What if we all took a stand and boycott them, what then? Would they come back on bended knee to the fat bird who bought from them way back when they first started, even though they are a size 32???
Anyhoo, I have to say there are still items in their catalogue that catch my eye, but with all the above taken into consideration, I won’t be spending my pennies on, but if they were to ever get their act together I may reconsider…. So #hereiswhatIwouldhave spent :
And possibly my fave on look, ultimate cuteness and price……
Total I would have spent, if I felt it would be worth it, and I was not going to be disappointed….
£180.00 + Delivery….. Wow!
Ladies taking part this time are listed below, and be sure to stop by and see what they would have spent!