Over the last year we’ve worked with brands and retailers to help them understand the issues with current plus size clothing - for example trouser rise being too low, or jackets not accounting for the way plus size bodies change in shape. We’re also asking companies for accurate size charts - most of the currently available plus size kit is only available online, and without accurate size charts, it’s challenging to identify what might fit our bodies.
We also offer honest reviews of the clothing and kit that’s currently available, to help our community understand how these items fit different body shapes. Plus, we’ve created a kit pool, supported by Cotswold Outdoor, to allow community members to try on these different items at our in-person events and courses. Lastly, we’re campaigning for better representation of plus size bodies by brands, retailers and the outdoors media. There’s often little or no visibility of bodies like ours, and even the brands that do make clothing in larger sizes aren’t using plus size models, leaving many people to think that the outdoors isn’t for plus size people.
Our message to the industry is that plus size people are in the outdoors, and we deserve the clothing and kit to be able to participate safely and comfortably in these activities. Bodies come in different shapes and sizes, just like mountains, and the outdoors should be open to all.