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Too Fat For Fashion: Fashion's Larger Problem
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Saturday, August 12, 2006

Fashion's Larger Problem

Fashion's Larger Problem
Retailers Offer Young Plus-Size Women Few Options for a Stylish Wardrobe

  • As a 23-year-old woman who stands 5 foot 8, weighs 185 pounds and wears a size 16, Johleen Solly of Arlington exists in retail purgatory: too big to shop at stores like J. Crew and American Eagle, which rarely stock 16s, and "a little too cool," as she puts it, for the dowdier clothes at plus-size stores like Lane Bryant.

Full Article at Washington

This article points out some harsh truths about the fashion industry and its treatment of the plus sized consumer. Not to mention the continued stereotype that creating plus sized fashions decreases the "cool factor" of a label. Its heartbreaking that this blatantly false idea persists in this day and age. Not to mention the fact that most of the clothes for plus sized women are either unfashionable or poorly made. Though I wholeheartedly believe that retailers and designers who think this way are going to one day become a thing of the past.

Speaking of which:

Anthropologie has increased its size range to include Size 16
Ann Taylor has just increased its sizes to include Size 18

One small step...


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