High Street stores are facing a backlash over their plus size pricing [Photo: Giphy]
Last week, fashion brands, Boohoo, and ASOS were shamed by a blogger for charging £10 more for the plus-size version of a near identical dress.
BeckyBedBug spotted the priced difference as she was browsing the ASOS website and called out the brands on Twitter asking why the dress which comes in sizes 6-16 was £25, while the plus size version in sizes starting at 18 was £35.
“So cute when brands charge extra for the same dress in a couple of extra sizes,” she tweeted.
It sparked a furious online debate by shoppers who had spotted similar size pricing discrepancies.
“Why is your plus size version of this dress £10 more and got a longer insert??” another woman tweeted ASOS about a black mesh dress that cost £10 more in a size 16. And shoppers have since pointed out plus size surcharges at other High Street stores including New Look, Forever 21 and Dorothy Perkins.
Some people pointed out that the extra pounds might be due to the cost of extra material, but not everyone agreed.
Becky’s tweet that started the debate about plus size pricing [Photo: Twitter/@BeckyBedbug]
“I get that more material is used — but the same argument could be used for brands manufacturing sizes 8 – 16,” one woman tweeted.
“By the same logic surely petite should be cheaper. Not the case, conveniently!,” one women wrote.
In the end ASOS replied to Becky on Twitter explaining that the dresses are actually different - one has a slightly longer slip and a different shaped neckline and that might go to explain the costing discrepancy. They also pointed out that as they are not the actual manufacturers of the product, the responsibility is with Boohoo.
“These are both different products so won’t follow the same price. Also these aren’t made by us, so we have no sway over them”
To which Boohoo responded: “Prices vary from time to time and are subject to change but all depends on the suppliers.”
Should you pay more for plus size? [Photo: Twitter/@BeckyBedbug]
Thankfully, it seems the backlash has sparked the bods that be into re-thinking their sizing policies as both version of the dresses are now being sold on the ASOS website for £25.
People power eh?
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