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Charlotte Jackson ~ Stories

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The major fashion houses are still not getting it – or are they?

This makes for sad reading – and it’s not like it was written a few years ago – nope, this was written this month. Personally, I don’t believe it’s that they don’t think there is a market for them in the plus size community. I […]

Oasis Launches In Store Curve Collection.

I want to say, “Yay! Another UK high street store adds plus size to it’s in store collection!”, I do, and it is great news. Really, it is, but it’s also about time – about time high street stores considered plus size, not as an […]

Plus size friendly Workwear brands.

Having trouble finding great workwear clothes if you’re plus size? I know I do – I have a staple collection of brands I use but never quite look the way I want to. Well, here’s a few more brands from the United States that I’m going to check out immediately! The great news is that most ship internationally.

5 Plus-Size-Friendly Workwear Brands You Should Be Shopping

There is a lot of product out there – some would say too much. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team, but if you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.

Cosmopolitan Magazine Breaks all the Rules – and we LOVE it!

This is what we want to see more off! It’s great to see the U.K. version of Cosmopolitan using a plus-size model on the cover! We couldn’t be more pleased.  No doubt there will be nay-sayers out there claiming that it’s encouraging people to be […]

We’ve Still A Way to Go (Unfortunately)

Whilst we might be seeing more in the way of inclusivity of all body sizes on the runways of New York, European runways still have some way to go.  This is a real shame. In the U.K alone we have a growing group of retailers […]

Walmart Charge “Fat Tax”

What’s the Issue?

Retail giant Walmart Canada is joining the likes of Old Navy and is now charging a “fat tax” on plus size clothes, charging as much as $5 more for the same item. The argument they make is that more fabric is required in to manufacture plus size clothes.

So, does it cost more?

It does.  At Charlotte Jackson our size 16 items DO cost less to make than our size 24 – but marginally so. Certainly not enough that we would pass this on to our customers. If they use that argument then why not charge less for a size 0, charge a little more for a size 2, and continue to charge more for every subsequent size. That would at least validate their argument. But can you ever see that happening? Most definitely not. Instead, they impose a “fat tax” specifically aimed at the plus size market. To make it worse, Old Navy, whilst charging extra for plus size women’s clothes, don’t charge extra for their plus size men’s clothes. I’d love to understand that argument.

Earlier this year U.K. based retailer New Look admitted it charged more for plus size clothes. They have since changed their policy to one price for all sizes. That’s still not good enough. The fact that they discriminated in the first place is the issue. Retailers make plenty of profit out of the clothing they sell, this is just a way to be inclusive of the plus size market. But the give with one hand and take with the other. That leaves us, the general public, to decide where we want to spend our hard earned money – with those retailers who consider all sizes and treat all the same, or those who want to include larger sizes but still want to make sure they discriminate – even if it’s just on price.

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Gorgeous Jewellery Not Only for the Plus-Size Woman.

I have sausage fingers. I do. They’re not short but they’re kind of chunky, like sausages, and though I’d love to wear rings I have difficulty finding any that fit more than my pinky finger! That’s one of the problems if you’re considered plus-size. It […]

Too Bold To Be Brave – Plus Size Fashion Fund

Plus-size fashion store Navabi has launched a grant to fund creatives, designers and start-ups that specifically address plus-size talent.

Is Plus-Size fashion over?

Really interesting article on plus-size fashion with comment from Refinery29. If we’re to believe Liroy Choufan, the author of the original article, then it makes for sad reading. I would hope that in the 21st Century, society, as a whole, can consist of all types of beauty. To do this we need to stop comparing ourselves to others and promote our own uniqueness. The world would be a very dull place indeed if we all looked alike. As Coco Chanel once said, “In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” So be different, and be yourself.

This Editor Thinks Plus Size Fashion Will Fail – This Is Why He’s Wrong

Almost a decade ago, when I started volunteering with All Walks (the campaign for diversity in fashion), the idea of ‘plus size’ models in high fashion was a stretch for many in the industry. People thought our campaign was well-meaning, sure – but, realistically, they couldn’t believe it would ever happen.

Plus size life-line for Victoria’s Secret?

I have to say I love VS underwear, but, I guess like many other women, I have a very limited, if not a non-existent range of items I can buy. There is still a misconception amongst fashion retailers that women (and men) of an “alternative” […]