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Popular high-street store New Look has been at the centre of a major controversy after it was uncovered that they were charging more for plus size clothing.

Maria Wassell said the store placed a “fat tax” on their plus sized range. She explained that a pair of green trousers were £22.99 in the plus size section, however, when she spotted the exact same pair of trousers in the standard size section they were £19.99, making them 15 percent cheaper than the plus-sized pair.

Many people have disagreed with Maria’s accusation, stating that the store has a right to charge more for clothes from their Curves range.

One Twitter user argued that plus size clothing needs more material, therefore, there is nothing wrong with charging more for them.

“I’m plus size, more fabric is required, more time to make the garment. Why shouldn’t I pay more?” one user asked.

Another said, “New Look’s ‘fat tax’ complaints are stupid, you’re using more material and material costs money. It’s like saying you can’t charge me more for a bigger bag of pick n mix.”

“Children’s clothes are priced according to age in the same style. Why should these be any different?” another said.

One woman shared, “I am plus size and noticed the price difference but wasn't offended by it. The £3 difference is reasonable considering they use more fabric than other sizes, if it was £10-£20 difference then I'd complain.”

Another said it was a bad move, "I kind of see why it's done, but it's still pretty unfair as we're taxed into submission already, there's no need to start on our clothes!"

"Same amount of work no matter what size. What about petite or short do they pay less than tall and large?" one asked.

New Look has responded to the backlash. They told Sky News: “To ensure pricing differences like these don't happen in future, we are in the process of reviewing the pricing structure of our plus-size collection in a way which works best for our customers and our business.”
"We are proud of the ranges we offer to our plus-size customers and value all customers, no matter what their body shape or size,” they added.

Do you think people should pay more for plus size clothes?



Even though plus-size fashion is becoming more mainstream with the increasing popularity of models like Robin Lawley and Tara Lynn, there is still a large gap in the marketplace for curvy fashion that is both flattering and stylish.

If you're stuck for some fashion inspiration, look no further than these plus-size fashionistas from Ireland and beyond. With some bloggers, stylists and models in the mix you're sure to find a style soulmate!

We love these ladies and the positive body image message they're sending to women across the globe:

1. Louise O'Reilly: @stylemecurvy
This Dublin native is one of Ireland's most notable plus-size models and is on the books of eight agencies around the world. Wow. As well as a stellar modelling career, Louise also has an award-winning blog, Style Me Curvy, which "aims to promote fashion, beauty and style for every kind of curve and body type." Sounds like a winner to us!


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2. Margie Plus: @margieplus
This New York-based stylist and blogger has a really edgy style with lots of punk rock notes. Check out her IG for some creative outfit ideas!


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3. Allison Teng: @curvygirlchic
California girl Allison has been blogging at Curvy Girl Chic since 2009 and has been featured in Glamour, Seventeen and Marie Claire to name but a few. We love her easy, classic style!


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4. Sian Howell: @bowfabulous
24-year-old UCD graduate Sian started her blog, Forever Fabulous in Bows, to combat "a severe lack of Plus Size fashion blogs from Dublin/Ireland." Follow her on Instagram for some seriously glam outfit posts.


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5. Nadia Aboulhosn: @nadiaaboulhosn
This half-Lebanese stunner got her break when she won American Apparel's XL Model Search back in 2011. She has since worked on shoots for a number of high-end fashion magazines but is best known as an amazing street style fashion blogger.


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6. Candice Huffine: @candicehuffine
Candice is definitely one of the most influential plus-size models in the world, having been featured on that iconic Vogue Italia cover along with fellow curvy ladies Robin Lawley and Tara Lynn. We adore her sleek but edgy style choices.


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