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DEAR TORRID: A love/hate letter.
theoryofgravity wrote in fatshionista
Hi folks! Recently your mods received a missive from Torrid's newish representation on LJ, torrid_inc, asking about promotional opportunities in fatshionista. That's not going to happen, not least because we're trying to be stricter than ever with any kind of promo posting (and any flexibility on the subject historically has only been extended to support small, fat-owned and/or fat-friendly businesses). BUT, it did occur to me that this is a great opportunity to make our multitude of voices and opinions heard to a major US plus-size manufacturer, and to do so in a space and environment controlled by us, and not by some third party organizing a focus group.

So this here is an open letter to Torrid. If you've got a Torrid-related opinion, be it props or grievance, please share it in comments below. This will likely be a crazy jumble of contradictory statements from lots of people, and that's okay. Companies still listen, and as frustrated as we often are by limited or undesireable plus-size "options", this is a chance to speak up. We know Torrid's listening, so let's tell them something.

My contribution is dress-related, unsurprisingly:

Dear Torrid,

I hate your tube dresses and halters and your prints occasionally make me retch. Please bring back appropriately-sized Stop Staring! dresses, or another variety of retro-styled, well-made, predictably-fitting dresses.

Also, please learn from past mistakes and don't ever pull this shit again.



Your turn.

ETA: To clarify the series of events here - Torrid emails the mods asking to do promotions in fatshionista. The mods say NO. I, individual mod, think that it might be interesting and useful for everyone involved to make a post inviting members to share their feelings about Torrid, since we now know Torrid is taking notice of goings-on in fatshionista. This big SHARING CIRCLE may even have measureable benefits for us as consumers if Torrid sees fit to take our suggestions to heart. Everybody wins.

Dear Torrid;

I'm from Australia and we have something similar here called City Chic, but being overpriced.. I decided to spend a whole lot of money on torrid.com... I spend I think about $392.. For like 5 things.

The international postage price, is ridiculous.. I mean, I will NEVER buy from you, EVER again.

I was so excited to get my clothes, I rushed out this morning and went straight to the post office and picked them up.

And I was immediately disappointed, your tshirts are the WORST quality, I really don't expect them to last long at all.

Some of the pants are nice, but they're not what I expected, I specifically bought skinny jeans, and they look like regular jeans to me?

Needless to say, those ones will be going on eBay.

Also, after spending that much money... like 1 day after I placed my order... What happened? Torrid decided to have a 50% off clearance sale, which I'd just spent a fortune on.

Now, excuse me if I'm wrong, but I had to call to verify my order, now wouldn't good customer service have been to say Oh, if you wait 12 more hours, you can get twice as much for the same price!!!

Never again, thoroughly disappointed, and just wished I had of saved my money, went to City Chic in Australia, which to be honest is about on par with Torrid in regards to price, but MUCH better quality.