(Closed) Victoria’s Secret Vent-I can’t go back!

posted 9 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 48
2095 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Have you ever tried frederick’s? They seem to be a little more plus size friendly. I am bigger than a size 16, but I can get cute outfits are Frederick’s whereas nothing but a robe fits me at VS.


Post # 49
7772 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

VS really varies by what store you go to. I worked at the smallest store in the state of MO for 4+ years as a salesgirl, a manager and in the stockroom. Not all girls who work for them weren’t “hugged as a child”. Bitches didn’t last long at my store because we were so small that we HAD to get along because we worked together all the time. Unfortunately, I have had similar experiences at other stores in the city where I’m from… so I do know that it happens. I am sorry you were treated that way. You’ve been offered some good alternatives though, if you don’t feel like you want to shop there anymore.

And yay for wearing fun bras! My bra drawer is technicolor. lol

Post # 50
685 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I totally feel you.  I’ve always been the same size no matter where I go.  I’m a 36A, and for some reason, that is a difficult size to find.  I had a lady at VS tell me one time that it’s a rare size because normally people who are “bigger around have bigger cup sizes”.  RUDE.   VS only makes a few bras in that size.  They often tell me to go to their “sister size” which is a 34B…um, no, that would give me major back fat.  My boobs are tiny.  The end.  So, this lady measured me and told me that I was a 38C!!!!!!!!!!  Then, I went back later to a different lady, and she measured me at my correct size.  

My mom goes in there from time to time to buy my sister and I stuff.  She is full figured and one time, they basically told her that “they don’t sell her size there”.  She was mortified and hasn’t gone back since.

Don’t let one rude person deter you.  

Post # 51
7429 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

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@sweetcrackers:  agree. OP, you throwing judgement right back is not nice or cool. She was just doing her job! Not everyone looks at a bigger woman in disgust. I “scan” women all the time, regardless of size, mostly because I am looking at their clothes

Post # 52
6258 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

To throw my two cents in, I used to work there and we asked people to show us a bra strap all the time if they liked the bra they were wearing, but didn’t know the name. It’s the easiest way to identify them and is better than asking you to go into the dressing room to show it off. Sometimes there is intentional snark like there is in any servuce industry job, but a lot of the time signals get mixed because the girls that work at VS are really comfortable talking about all this stuff and aren’t judgemental so much as blunt, since they see it all the time.

It does suck for the 40 ladies that they used to carry your size but don’t anymore- the actual reason they stopped carrying them in the store was becasue they didn’t fit stocked in the drawers and got all bent out of shape. They decided they would rather stock more colors in the more popular sizes that fit their target body shape.

It sucks to have to tell someone you don’t carry their size, but call them whatever you want, it’s just not their target audience. They would rather maintain their image than stray from what they consider to be the “normal” or “ideal” sizes. That’s what’s great about having so many stores to choose from, if they don’t want to serve you, take your money somewhere else. Not every store wants to accommodate every customer, that’s just how retail is.

Post # 53
750 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

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@Kenic315:  I don’t really understand how someone saying they don’t sell your size is necessarily mortifying. There are things about tone of voice of course. But if they don’t sell it then they don’t sell it, and it’s not the sales staff’s fault. Other bees said they didn’t like when sales staff tried to squeeze them into an size smaller. What do we want? Like Caroheart said, not every store can cater to every customer. If I went into Lane Bryant I’d be told they don’t sell my size pants. A tall girl couldn’t shop with me at Banana Republic Petites. So we buy our pants somewhere else and get what fits properly (but I still duck into LB to look at their accessories, because those are one size fits all!). 

Post # 54
3457 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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@MeiFrancis:  I will agree with this – it’s a business decision to serve the sizes they do.  I asked for a size yesterday on the smaller end and they didn’t carry it.  I suspect it’s because they don’t get enough sales on the higher and lower ends and prioritize volume (or, maybe image as you suggest).  That’s not something to fault a business for, although it is appropriate to fault them for how to handle it.  How would you suggest they respond when they don’t carry that size?  Let them know that.

Post # 55
1577 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Interesting.  I always get a “sister size:” suggested to me:  I’m a 36B, and they always try to 34C-me:  and it never fits my ribs. Drives me nuts!

But I have to say that out of all the bras I’ve ever owned, my VS bras last the longest and give m boobs their most natural shape.


And I am forever grateful to the girls in the fitting room who made things so easy when last year I was getting my Mom out of her sixties hippy-bras when she was getting crazy chest pains from boob sag.  They gave us all the bra boxes, helped us sort out the padded/unpadded and were endlessly patient as we adjusted and narrowed down the field.

So to you girls who used to work there:  I’m sure you were the best of the VS employees and like these ones that we encountered.

Post # 56
125 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Ugh.  I don’t go to VS.  Just the fact that they have airbrushed and digitally altered, maybe still malnourished women in larger than life photos who are wearing intimate clothing that is barely there and looks like porn to me is enough to make me stay clear.  Yeah, I always thought Victoria’s Secret should stay … secret.  If they want to get me as a customer, they need to use plus-sized models too, and all models need to be tasteful.  They sell robes.  So why don’t their models wear them? 

Post # 57
25 posts
  • Wedding: September 2014

I hate Victoria’s Secret. I stopped going there when they stopped making my size in store. I switched to Lane Bryant bra’s and undies, and you get more for your money, esp when they have sales. Lane Bryant’s bras last longer than VS because I can’t tell you how many I have bought and the wire has popped out.

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