12 April 2015

Why is the fashion industry ignoring the plus-size market?

The Issue

Why is the fashion industry ignoring the plus-size market?


In 1985, the average woman in the US wore a size 8. Today, she wears a 14 — the number that usually marks the dividing line between standard and plus-size fashion. In the United States alone plus-size clothing is now a $17.5 billion market, but it remains one of the most underserved segments of the fashion industry. Plus-size departments are often small spaces hidden at the back of stores; styles are limited, less adventurous and off-trend. Plus-size fashion rarely appears in advertisements or shop windows. Luxury fashion is particularly allergic, with many designers manufacturing their products only in small sizes. Why is the fashion industry ignoring the plus-size market?
Context
Opinions
Top Comments
Many brands think there is a stigma involved in offering plus size clothing.
By Lovely In LA, Los Angeles, United States
We cannot ignore that being a size 14 has some seriously adverse health risks and this issue should be bigger than a business one.
By Dana Dallal, Greater London, United Kingdom
The issue is not Plus Size, it is an industry committed to clothes for IT girls who represent 2% of women in the world.
By Lisa Hart, New York City, United States

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