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New York Times: Bringing a Personal Touch to Plus-Size Fashion

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New York Times: Bringing a Personal Touch to Plus-Size Fashion

Entrepreneurship By ELLEN ROSEN FEB. 8, 2018 Nadia Boujarwah knows personally that shopping for plus-size clothes can be difficult. But it was only while she was a student at Harvard Business School that she realized something else: The lack of options presented a commercial opportunity. A year after graduating, Ms. Boujarwah and a business school classmate, Lydia Gilbert, began testing the market by acting as personal shoppers. And they saw their opening: offering women sizes 14 and up five articles of clothing chosen by a stylist who takes into account individual preferences. In 2015, they started an online retail site, Dia & Co. “I...

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Research reveals plus size women are forced to cross-dress to workout

Research reveals plus size women are forced to cross-dress to workout

Washington State University has announced new research out of their Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles that reveals heterosexual plus size women are forced to wear men’s clothing to workout. Marginalized by the fitness industry, plus size females are not provided feminine clothing to comfortably workout and are consequently victim to the idea that “if a woman wants to be fashionable she just needs to lose weight,” says Assistant Professor Deborah Christel of WSU.

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How Many Women Are Overweight? The Answer Is Most.

How Many Women Are Overweight? The Answer Is Most.

How Many Women Are Overweight? The Answer Is Most BY MARCY KREITER @MARCYKREITER ON 09/27/16 AT 5:21 PM The average American woman wears a size 16 to 18.  Republican Donald Trump revealed two weeks ago he’s overweight, tipping the scales at 236 pounds. But how much does Democrat Hillary Clinton weigh? If she’s like the average American woman, she wears a size 16, taking her out of the svelte category.  The issue of women’s weight made its appearance during the first presidential debate Monday night when Clinton called out Trump for the nasty things he has said about some women, including comedian Rosie O’Donnell and...

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Brands, boutiques see opportunities in plus-size retail

Brands, boutiques see opportunities in plus-size retail

When Amanda Medina tagged along on shopping outings with her female relatives as a teenager, she noticed that they often had trouble finding appealing clothes in larger sizes. Despite the racks piled with clothing at department and discount stores, plus-size dresses, pants and tops tended to be ill-fitting, more expensive than smaller sizes or offered in muted patterns and solid colors — when they were even in stock. It made Medina's relatives fearful of going shopping because few items fit and they often left the dressing room feeling worse about themselves than when they came in, she said. "They couldn't...

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WSU research reveals plus size women are forced to cross-dress to workout

WSU research reveals plus size women are forced to cross-dress to workout

Washington State University has announced new research out of their Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles that reveals heterosexual plus size women are forced to wear men’s clothing to workout. Marginalized by the fitness industry, plus size females are not provided feminine clothing to comfortably workout and are consequently victim to the idea that “if a woman wants to be fashionable she just needs to lose weight,” says Assistant Professor Deborah Christel of WSU.

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