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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.

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dear Torrid,

Shipping to australia is ridiculously expensive. I'm sure starting the postage at $40 is just your way of selling more merchandise, however the way the postage increases with additions of such things as earrings and socks to the order doesn't add up. I understand O/S postage can be difficult, but I'm happy to wait for my order to be processed and be charged an appropriate shipping price then.

bring back old torrid!!! My favourite items of clothing are pieces pre-pink. A black waitress dress (with pink trim go figure), a bowling shirt. The retro/punk lines you had going under the Torrid label were awesome!!! I pretty much don't ever order from Torrid anymore, shipping and the lack of what I consider to be alternative styling.

Also, please bring back the combat boots you had several years ago - vinyl with lacing and a zip up the side, not platform but still a bit of a chunky sole/heel. Mine have finally bitten the dust and no amount of black gaff will save them. I will make an order if they come back!


Dear Torrid,

Please listen to therasca1queen as she knows what she is talking about. Shipping costs to Australia suck. Bring back pre Pink Torrid. Get more retro inspired gear. Get less of the teeny bopper style crap.


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