Fitting in: Rising obesity levels and growing demand for plus-size fashion support revenue

Industry operators sell plus-size women’s clothing, which is designed for women that wear clothes of size 14 and above. The industry only includes firms that cater specifically to plus-size women, and includes operators that have a physical store as well as those that operate solely online. The industry excludes generalist clothing stores with plus-size ranges. The industry’s top four players include JD Williams & Company Ltd, Yours Clothing Ltd, Evans Retail Ltd and Freemans Grattan Holdings Ltd.The Plus-Size Women’s Clothing Stores industry has expanded substantially over the past five years. Growth has been driven by changing perceptions towards plus-size fashion and, subsequently, a growing number of consumers demanding more plus-size more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The industry has grown considerably in recent years, despite significant external competition
  • Increased representation of plus-size women on social media and in magazines has spurred demand
  • Additional value-added services, such as virtual fitting solutions, are expected to support growth
  • Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    BottomsThe bottoms segment consists of trousers, shorts and jeans and is estimated to account for the highest proportion of industry revenue at an estimated 24.1% in 2018-19. Demand from this segment has increased over the past five years, spurred by changing consumer preferences. As the workplace dress standards have become more relaxed, women have started opting to wear trousers, shorts and jeans instead of dresses and skirts. In response, retailers have altered product offerings towards more casual clothing to meet rising demand. Additionally, as bottoms are less standardised and uniform than other clothing categories due to unique fit, shape and sizes, this segment has faced less external competition. Lik...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Plus-Size Women's Clothing Stores Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Plus-Size Women's Clothing Stores Industry are

  • Establishment of brand names
  • Ability to alter goods and services produced in favour of market conditions
  • Proximity to key markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from clothing retailing and Level of obesity in the Plus-Size Women's Clothing Stores industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Plus-Size Women's Clothing Stores Industry?

    Businesses in this industry retail plus-size women’s clothing, which is designed for women that wear clothes of size 14 and above. The industry only includes firms that cater specifically to plus-size women, both with a physical store and purely online retailers. The industry excludes generalist clothing stores with plus size ranges.

    Industry Products
  • Dresses and skirts
  • Bottoms
  • Tops
  • Lingerie, sleepwear and swimwear
  • Outerwear
  • Activewear, accessories and other
  • Footwear
  • Industry Activities
  • Plus-size women's clothing retailing
  • Plus-size women's accessories retailing
  • Plus-size women's footwear retailing
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from clothing retailing
  • Level of obesity
  • Real household disposable income
  • Health consciousness

  • Current Performance
  • Growing demand
  • Body positivity and media
  • Technology
  • External competition
  • Market structure and profit
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Competitive pressures
  • Growing consumer base
  • New avenues
  • Market structure and profit
  • Table: Plus-Size Women's Clothing Stores Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Plus-Size Women's Clothing Stores Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Clothing & Footwear Wholesaling
  • Clothing Manufacturing
  • Electronic & Telecommunications Equipment Wholesaling
  • Footwear Manufacturing
  • Postal & Courier Activities

  • Products & Services
  • Bottoms
  • Dresses and skirts
  • Tops
  • Lingerie, sleepwear and swimwear
  • Outerwear
  • Footwear
  • Activewear, accessories and other
  • Chart: Plus-Size Women's Clothing Stores Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Women aged between 45 and 54
  • Women aged between 35 and 44
  • Women aged between 25 and 34
  • Women aged between 55 and 64
  • Women aged 24 and under
  • Women aged 65 and over
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Plus-Size Women's Clothing Stores Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesRent Depreciation and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Plus-Size Women's Clothing Stores

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Plus-Size Women's Clothing Stores Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    JD Williams & Company Ltd, Yours Clothing Ltd, Evans Retail Ltd,
  • Table: JD Williams & Company Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Yours Clothing Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Evans Retail Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Plus-Size Women's Clothing Stores Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Plus-Size Women's Clothing Stores Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Describes a physical shop, distinguishing it from an online shopping portal.
  • Chatbot
  • A computer program designed to simulate conversation with human users, especially over the internet.
  • Obese
  • A medical condition characterised by excess body fat. People with a BMI of more than 30 are generally classified as obese.
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