This Store Owner’s Mission To Help A Plus Size Teen Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity

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Dress shopping for a formal event can be tough, especially when you fall outside of the “standard” dress sizes. Kristin Harris, owner of The Designer Diva’s Consignment Boutique in Massachusetts: understands this, and was heartbroken to see a plus size teenager crying in her dressing room, because she was unable to find a flattering size-22 dress for prom, so she decided to do something about it via social media. Though she was moved and wanted to help, Harris didn’t manage to catch the girl’s name before she let her shop.

“After she left I was just. . . my mother broke down and I broke down and there were a couple of other parents in here. And I just thought, I wish I followed her outside.”

Harris could have left it at that, but she decided to take to Facebook to rectify the situation:


Harris followed up by asking her customers to help in the plus size prom dress search:

“Ladies, please share this status with everyone! I’m begging for plus size prom dresses sizes 20+…I just had the most beautiful little girl in here and could not find her size, I want her to look like a princess. . . please please bring in your plus size prom dresses.”

I think it goes without saying that this was an incredibly generous move on Harris’ part. Obviously her shop depends on sales to survive, so for her to ask for donations to help this kid out is as classy as it gets. Thankfully Harris’ efforts paid off. Within hours she had dozens of responses from people willing to donate dresses. According to one customer:

“I think it’s great. Being a plus size person myself trying to find consignment clothes, trying to find clothes, there’s not enough available.”

Thanks to Facebook, Harris managed to track down the teen, who is stopping by the shop Monday to pick out her gown.

I’m sure there are more than a few trolls who are going to say carrying larger sizes encourages obesity and unhealthy lifestyles, but I call bullshit. Like it or not, there will always be plus size women, and the sooner the fashion industry provides more options for them, the better. Considering that the number of people considered plus size is growing in the US, I think if nothing else this is simply good business. Regardless, the overwhelming support for this teen is heartwarming and definitely restores my faith in humanity (at least for the day).

(Photo: Facebook)

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  • Valerie

    Oh how sweet. Every girl deserves to feel beautiful at her prom. I hope she finds something she loves and has a great time.

    • Frances Locke

      I feel the same way. I had trouble finding a prom dress for my middle school prom when I was a size 12, I can’t imagine how hard it would be at 22. I hope stories like this lead to designers creating more options.

    • Valerie

      Totally. I was an 8 or 10 dress, mostly due to my huge chest and finding a cute and teenager friendly dress was not easy. I often ended up in dresses I thought my mother should be wearing so my boobs weren’t hanging out. Matronly, ya know? I can’t imagine being a true plus size at that age and having so few options.

    • Frances Locke

      Even for my senior prom, when I started out as a size 8, I had issues finding decent dresses. I had the same issue as you, with a relatively large chest for my age, and my choices were totally unflattering. I had eating disorder issues as a teenager and I swear this was a huge trigger for me. I ended up as size 4 for prom, which was not a healthy size for me.

    • Valerie

      I totally get it. And I did try dieting my way thinner my senior year but my chest size wouldn’t budge. Made me feel awful about myself and like I was a freak. Ugh, parts of teenage life really did suck.

    • pixie

      My chest still won’t budge. It’s been about the same size since I was in grade 10 or 11, and I’ve been every weight from 120lbs to 159lbs (and am back down to 135). My rib cage has gone down like half an inch MAYBE, but my actual cup size and boobs? Nope. *sigh*. Looking for dresses for formal events still sucks hard.

    • Valerie

      I’m in very nearly those same numbers and also with boobs that won’t go down. Lol. Not fun especially at age 32 after 2 kids. They still look great provided I buy very pricey and supportive bras. But naked? Nope. :-)

    • pixie

      lol yep. I’m not looking forward to having time and children take their toll on my boobs. And no going to VS or a regular department store for me. Thankfully my rich aunt likes to buy me bras for christmas and whatnot so I don’t have to spend the money on them myself. :)

    • Valerie

      That’s awesome. They are worth every penny! Mine look far better than they have any right to with my amazing bras. Lol.

    • Frances Locke

      I had this issue too. Even at my lowest weight (as an adult) my chest only went down to a large C cup. The C was at least doable in terms of finding bras/clothes. I have a terrible time now that I’m a larger cup size. #BigBoobGirlProblems

    • MellyG

      Exactly – in high school i was a dancer, so “big” at size 8 to 10 compared to the size 2 fellow dancers. Plus, I had D boobs……so dress shopping was HELL. Thankfully i have a mother that could sew, so we always went up a size or two for the boobs and tailored the waist. Looking back, i would LOVE to be that size again, but in shopping for prom dresses, and looking for the “size up” from 10…..not an easy find, and that’s just trying to find a 12. I remember often being heartbroken that nothing at 5, 7, 9, where most of my friends shopped, would fit my quite large top :( Dress shopping for teens that aren’t tiny is hell – i’m so happy this woman was able to help.

    • Momma425

      I was about to say- I was a size 14 in high school and I HATED dress shopping so much because nothing fit. It would have been even harder at a size 22. I hope dress makers make it easier for larger ladies.

    • gothicgaelicgirl

      at size 14 irish size, i’m considered “plus-size” (what idiot sets the limit for plus size anyway?!)
      Fairygothmother (NOT just goth clothes) do AMAZING dresses of all sorts in all sizes.
      I’m getting my wedding dress from them! (it’s actually a prom dress but shhh.) =P

  • Katia

    First world problems ! Prom dress shopping is often disappointing if you’re not rich , gorgeous, confident, and or at a store with really nice stuff. Wedding dress shopping is even worse. Our expectations are often fantasies….

    • SarahJesness

      It helps to know where to shop. Stores like Ross can have some nice things if you’re willing to dig. If you go to Dillard’s after prom or homecoming seasons, you can get REALLY nice dresses at SUPER low prices. (I don’t know if they have a lot of larger sizes; I don’t pay attention to that)

  • SarahJesness

    I always hear chicks complaining about how it’s so hard to find nice plus-sized clothes. If I had the money and means, I’d starting making and selling plus-sized clothes right now. Cause that’s monaaaay in mah pocket.

    • Frances Locke

      Right? I would totally buy some stock in your company if you did that, because I think it’s a safe bet.

    • SarahJesness

      Right? And then I keep hearing about stores REMOVING larger sizes. It’s like, guys, America ain’t gettin’ any skinnier! Not having plus sizes keeps away a big (no joke intended) market that would be more than happy to spend some money.

  • Alicia

    I hope she finds something she likes. I dreaded going shopping for my wedding dress last year as I hadn’t lost as much weight as I was hoping to. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the options. I ended up finding something on my first trip and I felt beautiful for the first time in a long time. Being overweight is a tough battle, it’s nice when you can have the odd moment of feeling good.

  • gothicgaelicgirl

    What a wonderful thing to do!
    Every girl should feel beautiful!
    I’ve a weird body, Irish size 14, I’m curvy but also very short. I have quite large boobs too which means bodice dresses look obscene and flowing dresses swamp me.

    I invested in an underbust waist cincher (also called a waspie) and my god it solved soooo many problems, gives my boobs the lift they need, i can hike up a long dress and use the corset to hide the extra material AND it gives me a waist!

    (not my boobs below!)

    • Taxes Make Kittens Cry

      So… when are you gonna post your own?

    • gothicgaelicgirl

      Not happening!

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