So you guys will have to tell me if I missed any big awesome discussions or news items while I was away, other than MeMe Roth still existing and being more or less insane, which it looks like was pretty well covered already.
Today, I’m catching the buzz that plus size fashion options are yet again dwindling. (Target is apparently “testing out” plus-sized lines, sending a chill through my heart.) There’s an overview at Jezebel:
Additionally, Ann Taylor â€” and its Loft division â€” is now selling size 16 and up online only. According to reps from the company, this is due to “low demand,” despite the fact that the majority of women are sizes 14 and up, and they, too, want stylish clothes. Indeed, sales are down 8% in the last 12 months for plus sizes compared to the 2% drop in sales for standard sizes, but the real issue is the bottom line: On average, it costs 10% more to make plus-size clothes, due to special patterns and more fabric.
(God, save us all from the “special patterns” they use to make plus sized clothes. Save money! Use fewer sequins!)
Anyway, the blame for this is falling on the recession (as is the blame for “recession obesity” in children). Once again this makes me think about the link between poverty and obesity. If poor people are more likely to be obese, then they are more likely to be the ones curtailing their spending on clothing in These Difficult Economic Times. And they are among those being punished with fewer clothing options as a result.
For those of you who know how to sew, however, there is hope: Sewing at Any Size, where JoGeek at Unapologetically Fat is posting little squiggles and instructions that mean absolutely nothing to me. But if you are sew inclined (ha ha! a pun!) head over there and sew like the wind! For the rest of us, thank god there’s Fatshionista.
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