New website solves plus-size headache
WASHINGTON: Fashion runs by its own special rules. And those rules have never been fair to plussize women.
Those who are larger than the arbitrary size 12 (SA size 16) have fewer choices. Carolyn Thompson has stepped into the void with ResellXL, an online consignment shop specialising in professional and upscale attire in size 14 (SA size 18) and up.
The seed of the idea was sown when Thompson tried to offload some of her own plus-size attire and couldn’t find a consignment shop willing to accept it. She incorporated as ResellXL and the site has been live for about a month. Already, the clothes and accessories have been flowing in and the shoppers are logging on.
Thompson has a sense of the brands and styles to make her customers swoon. They want denim sportswear, large-scale handbags, fancy shoes in size 10 or higher, designer evening gowns and prom dresses.
“They’re looking for things people only use once or twice,” Thompson says.
“Besides, who wants to pay retail for a one-use dress? Plus-size customers shouldn’t be forced to.” – Washington Post