As I type this, please understand that I am almost shaking with rage, as was the founder of Women Make Waves when she called me to discuss the newly opened Victoria Beckham Boutique in London. What has made us so angry you ask? The fact that the shop will not be stocking any clothes larger than a size 10. I will give you a second to allow this to sink in.
Ready? OK, let’s discuss this like calm and rational people.
The UK average for women is now a size 16 and regardless of whether you think this denotes an increasingly unhealthy approach to nutrition and exercise, the fact remains that everybody needs to be catered for. Let’s also not forget that two women who share a dress size, may share very little else, including taste. I am a size 12, as is one of my friends but there is not enough money in the world to make me wear some of the things she does and I have lost count of the number of eye-rolls and sniggers she has made at some of my outfit choices. So what happens to a size 16, 18, 20 woman who has earned her money and wants to spend it on high fashion? Well clearly she has to go elsewhere because Victoria Beckham has no interest in catering for her.
I had already read about the store being designed with simplicity and ultra minimalism in mind, hence there are no tills, but is it really necessary to streamline the sizes on offer? To add insult to injury, as with most couture lines, the Victoria Beckham collection is notorious for running ‘a little snug’. Well, fabulous. A shop that only stocks up to a size 10, that is actually more like a small 8. I assume that I would need to use a greased up shoe horn just to fit my ‘gargantuan’ backside through the doors of this hallowed establishment.
OK, so I am getting a little angry now, but don’t we have the right to be? Who has the time to spend 5 hours a day in the gym? Not to mention the money for the membership and specially created, calorie controlled meals? Even if I did, I know there is more to life than being thin, and frankly, unfoundedly elitist. I have been extremely skinny, as a result of serious illness and let me tell you, it was not fun. I felt self-conscious and I looked crap in everything I wore! Lest we forget, Victoria herself was once a very average woman, with a cracking figure back in the day, but certainly nothing to cite as a style and lifestyle icon! How then, has she allowed herself to lose sight of where she came from and who she was supposed to be a role model for? It is even worse when you realise that she has recently been made a UN ambassador. I doubt she could be anymore different from the fabulous Emma Watson who has focussed her attention on far loftier aspirations than making her fellow women feel oversized and under styled!
We have contacted Victoria Beckham’s media agency for a comment on this issue and are still waiting for a response, with little hope of receiving one if we are honest. But what would be the best case scenario? That they do have the full range of sizes in store (alas, this still only runs to a size 14) but only display up to a size 10? Good grief, give me Topshop any day. I used to think they were a little stingy on the sizing front, but they seem positively all inclusive now!
What do you think ladies?