Clothes for the Average-Sized Woman

Yesterday, I went shopping with my niece, who wears plus-sized clothing. We went to Lane Bryant, which is really expensive for us, because that’s where she can find nice clothes for work. There aren’t a lot of places for my niece to find good, inexpensive clothing for all aspects of her life. I can go into pretty much any clothing store and find something wearable and affordable (even if it’s just on the clearance rack.) My niece absolutely can’t.

This is strange to me, as the average American woman is now between a size 16 and 18. It makes no sense that most clothing aren’t targeted to this market. Where, I wonder, does the average woman have to shop? In my experience, most clothes in all stores from Target to Bloomingdales are geared to women my size. There’s usually one small section set aside for – well, the average woman.

Does that make any sense to you?

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