You know what really annoys me? The way some stores that carry my size online won't carry that size in the stores. I mean, clearly those stores would like to sell me stuff and take my money, but they don't want me actually to shop in the store? You know, in public?
(I'm sure someone will comment about the cost of renting retail space and how store-owners need to earn a certain amount of profit to cover the costs and they calculate out what will sell and they have to reach the broadest audience, blah blah blah. But there's a pretty big audience of large women out there. I know retailers regularly offer more stuff online that they do in their stores. It still feels crappy, though. And I can still generally squeeze into the top range of "normal" sizes - the options for people larger than I are even worse.)
Then there's the way that even stores that have a "plus" department tend to segregate that department away from the "normal" clothes, and offer only a sad fraction of 1) what the "normal" sizes get or 2) what they offer online.
Finally, can I just say that, yes, I am apple-shaped, and I am fatter than many people. But that still doesn't mean I want elastic inserts in my waistbands. Could I just get clothes cut to fit me, the way that "normal"-sized people do? (Okay, even "normal"-sized people have trouble finding things cut to fit them properly. But still. No elastic waists, please! Spandex blend fabrics, great. Elastic waists, not so much.)