A UK fashion chain has been accused of administering a “fat tax”after being caught charging more for clothes for “plus-size” people than it does for thin people.
According to the BBC:
Fashion chain New Look is reviewing its prices after an outcry that some larger-sized clothes were more expensive than those in smaller sizes.
The High Street retailer said it was hoping to “ensure pricing differences like these” did not happen in future.
It comes after a shopper saw trousers in its Curves range cost 15% more than a pair in the main collection.
Can anyone explain to me what the problem is here?
The first and most obvious point is that clothes for fat people inevitably require more fabric. People who work in the “plus-size” industry admit this:
However, Anna Scholz, a plus-size fashion designer, told the programme there was a limit to the size range that could be produced for the same price as it can take twice the fabric to make the same shirt for a larger size as a small one.
“As a company we sell from size 16 to 28 – if I had smaller sizes as well I would have to price them differently.”
Charging a premium which reflects this difference is no injustice.
Read the rest at Breitbart.