Slim Picking in Plus-Sizes
Bad news for larger gals everywhere: popular brands are scaling back production of plus-size clothes. Just when the clothes were looking less frumpy and fitting much better. Rats.
Tight Clothes for Tight Times
It seems that worried American shoppers are spending (and charging) less on all goods, including clothes. But the plus-size shopper has cut back most said the New York Post last week. Sales of size 16 and over fell 8% over 12 months (ending in March) and that was added to a 4% drop the year before. In comparison, women wearing standard sizes cut back only about 3%.
No one knows exactly why the larger sizes stopped shopping. Perhaps they are waiting to lose weight first, or more likely, they are spending on the family instead.
Thrown Under the Bus?
Compared to standard sizes, plus-size clothing costs 10% more to produce. The clothes involve extra fabric, new fit patterns and models. Consequently, struggling retail manufacturers, like Ellen Tracy, Ann Taylor and Liz Claiborne, have recently dropped their plus-size lines. Bloomingdales, Saks and others department stores have moved their collections from stores to the web. That might be a good thing, though, because it's better to try on clothes at home.
Real women get dressed
Clothes buying doesn't make much sense because 62% of women wear a size 14 or larger. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average American women weighs 164 pounds and wears a size 14.
Overweight teens have an easier time finding cute clothes. That's because Forever 21's Faith 21, Hot Topic’s Torrid and Target’s Pure Energy have launched plus-size lines in the Junior's department.
But everyone wants the right to look good and feel comfortable. It's fun to express ourselves through the clothes we wear. All people need access to stylish clothes of quality fabrics, expertly finished, and correctly fit.
What is your wish for women's clothes? Where do you buy stylish plus-size clothes?