What size is Plus Size?
Which UK clothing size do you think of as being plus size? A third of UK women would class size 18 and bigger as plus size, according to new research.
Daxon, whose clothes range from size 8 to 32, surveyed ladies across the UK to find out how attitudes to plus size fashion have changed over the years. The results show that attitudes are changing for the better, with 70 per cent of respondents agreeing that plus size is more accepted now than 10 years ago.
Putting a number on plus size has always been a cause for discussion within the industry. There is no agreed starting size for plus size high street collections – retailers who do offer a plus size collection have a starting size range from anything from a 14 up to a size 20.
More than one in three (36 per cent) women chose size 18 as the size they would class as plus size, one in four (27 per cent) felt size 16 was plus size and one in six (15 per cent) felt that plus size should start at a size 20.
Ladies who are between size 6 and 12 were most likely to class size 16 as plus size, and the majority of ladies who were sized 18, 20 and 22 classed their own dress size as plus size.
Although over half (57 per cent) of ladies surveyed felt that high street retailers cater for plus size women, this was not applicable for ladies over the size of 20 – 64 per cent of whom felt that the high street didn’t offer an adequate range of plus size fashion, with this number rising to 67 for ladies who are sized 22.