Does Size Impact Your Finances?

In our discussion on the lack of plus size fashions, a reader named Robin made a very interesting observation. She stated that the lack of options has actually saved her money because she can’t find anything to buy. Her poignant comment made me think—is there a difference in the financial health of special size women (petite, plus, tall, etc) versus “average” women and if so,  is it because of the lack of clothing options? Is there in fact a relationship between your size and the amount you spend on clothing? Could the lack of clothing options actually push special size women to spend their money in other areas like technology, investments, real estate, etc? Are special size women cheap?

On another note, here’s a very interesting article from Business Week about the plus size market, $32 billion in sales in 2005…


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