Topshop now goes up to a size 18 but people aren't happy

<i>Topshop have introduced size 18 clothing [Photo: Topshop]</i>
Topshop have introduced size 18 clothing [Photo: Topshop]

Tons of brands are opening up to the plus-size market but huge retailer Topshop wasn’t one of them. Until now, that is.

Since the beginning of time, Topshop has stopped at a size 16; the average size of a woman in the UK.

But now, the brand has quietly introduced a size 18 to their range. This should be a triumph but going up one size hasn’t pleased a lot of people.

<i>Only standard-sized women are being used to model the clothes [Photo: Topshop]</i>
Only standard-sized women are being used to model the clothes [Photo: Topshop]

The collection’s pretty limited too. Out of almost 1500 tops available on Topshop’s site, only 195 are sold in a size 18. It’s a similar story when it comes to dresses as only 67 out of 800 styles go up the extra size.

Unlike the likes of ASOS, Topshop haven’t used any plus-size models to show off their designs, meaning that people above a size 8 are finding it difficult to imagine what a particular item will look like on someone of their body type.

Vlogger Gracie Victory was among the first to call out Topshop on their non-inclusiveness, sarcastically calling their size addition “groundbreaking.”

A whole host of similar replies came from others who feel alienated by the major high street brand.

Last week, a shopper criticised Topshop for using extremely thin mannequins that were supposed to have been banned two years ago.

There’s still a long way to go to true size equality. Let’s keep the conversation going.

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