I absolutely hate Spring and Summer. Oh, not actual Spring/Summer of course, just the annual need to replenish my everyday wardrobe with basic 100% cotton tops, in black, in my (plus) size.
Quality design and manufacture of basics in plus sizes – always tricky. Black in spring/summer – always problematic.
Now, in a new and unwelcome development, I am finding it harder and harder to obtain 100% cotton jersey for the warm seasons, even at retailers where it has been the norm in previous years. And no, for everyday wheel-life use, cotton mix, modal, viscose, polyester or rayon will not do. Precious fabrics, non- jersey fabrics – hopeless.
These qualities are non-negotiable for me. My aesthetic look is unremitting black; my back and butt permanently, and too warmly, cushioned in my wheelchair demand breathing, non-itchy fabrics; poor quality and manufacture is destroyed in minutes by carers&wheelchair bits catching, pulling and tugging.
And, I haven’t even got on to price yet … not sure I will; it’s too depressing. My everyday clothes live it hard and I weep for the £££ I spend.
I am hunting and hunting in all my regular haunts. The closest to my idea of every day plus size nirvana is the top above by Barbara Speer from Walkers of Pottergate, retailing at £145. Actually, I do love the look of this top – casual, comfortable, easy – my ideal. If the measurements work for me, I shall snap it up, despite wincing at the cost, assuming it is still in stock – and that’s another gripe because as well as scarce, when found, my nirvana items sell out as quick as you can blink!
I’d like to swear really. The whole process is so dispiriting. All I want is everyday wear – a few reasonably good looking, well-made, feel-good, over-sized, long, black cotton tops, like the one above, at a reasonable price.
Do you feel me? I am currently in retail hell. Where is my retail nirvana? Please let me know if you’ve found one …