Paris/Italy as a Plus-Sized female?

Oct 3rd, 2007, 02:59 AM
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I am a plus size woman and we have been traveling all over Europe including Paris,lots of France and Italy.

No problem! It is true that some bathrooms are VERY tiny ( and up or down endless stairs with no rails) but so far it has not been a problem. Sure I would prefer more space sometimes or bigger showers, but one adjusts.

There are big plus size women and men in Europe too, especially in the older generation. I have met them from France, Italy, Netherlands,UK, Ireland Germany, Austria, Croatia, Greece etc etc.

Plus there are many plus size tourists, so you will not be alone. I have not run into any dirty looks.

I have not bought too many clothes, but have gotten some T-shirts in 2x size. I do not tend to shop much, but I lost a bathing suit and easily replaced it which surprised me.

Have fun and do not worry. Look at our blog to see how much fun a plus size 55 year old woman, with a previously crushed knee, can have in Europe!
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Oct 3rd, 2007, 03:41 AM
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It seems that Europeans who are plus sizes shop like mad in the U.S..We have a much better selection in this country...T-shirts are another matter, I know they have size 2X. If you have a problem...I would just shop for accessories and never mind the snooty looks. There are too many find plus size designers here..
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Oct 3rd, 2007, 06:06 AM
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I'm a very curvy size 8. Only clothes I have ever bought in Europe was a peasant skirt (the heat in Zurich was unbelievable) that fitted because it was A-shaped and an XL dress at Zara.

I did not find clothing options at all. Not only because of the size but mostly because of the body shape.

My niece came to the US for a visit from Switzerland and raided the shops. She bought seven pairs of jeans. She is very thin but has a bit of waist and actual hips so she had always had problems with fit back home.
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Oct 5th, 2007, 10:50 AM
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this is the website for the shoe store in Rome that i love. I wear as Canadian women's 12-13/European 44/45/46
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Mar 24th, 2008, 09:29 AM
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I wear a size 22/24 and travelled to Paris and London twice in the past 2 years. While I never went shopping for clothes (other than scarves!), I had no problems getting places. No one gawked at me or made comments, and I had no problems to speak off. I climbed to the top of the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame with no problems. The only worries I had was fitting into the rides at Disneyland Paris, but I fit with no concern.

Keep in mind, too, that I lose an average of 20 to 25 lbs for every 3-4 weeks of vacation. So you might want to bring a belt and/or a pair of pants you "barely" fit into, because by the end, you'll fit into them!

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