According to the LA Times, the average American woman weighs 162.9 pounds and wears size 14 clothing
Department stores typically offer tiny sections with only 20 or so brands that fit sizes 14 and up — compared with the 900-plus brands they carry in their regular women’s wear departments.
That leaves style-loving full-figured women with a clutch of plus-size chains including Lane Bryant, Fashion Bug, Avenue and Torrid. Or big-box stores such as Target, Kohl’s and Wal-Mart, the No. 1 seller of plus-size apparel in the country — though most of its selection consists of basic, often matronly items. Beyond this, plus-size clothing is largely relegated to the Internet, where customers who already have a complicated relationship with clothes are unable to see, touch or try on merchandise.
It often seems that it’s easier to find and buy stylish clothes for Chihuahuas than for roughly half the country’s female population
I just thought that this is something all the lovely girls who follow this blog should keep in mind. A lot of the reason I have problems with my weight (about 158 lbs, age 19) is that when I go shopping, I often have trouble fitting into cute clothes, and the clothes in my size look like something my middle school Spanish teacher (who was like 60 and dressed for her age) would wear.
It’s kind of like being told I don’t deserve to look cute.