Trying on for size: Despite online competition, industry operators will benefit from rising demand

The Plus-Size Women's Clothing industry has experienced substantial growth over the past five years, stemming from a growing market and favorable economic conditions. As the economy strengthened and per capita disposable income increased, plus-size consumers were able to spend more on clothing and other discretionary purchases. Additionally, the market for industry goods has steadily increased over the period. While the plus-size community is generally underserved by the mainstream clothing market, a variety of both online-only stores and department stores have capitalized on the growing customer base. Over the next five years, profit is expected to slowly increase, as more premium brands flood the market...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 11-16
Forecast Growth 16-21
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Improved disposable incomes and more clothing choices will stimulate industry growth
  • Plus-size activewear lines have outperformed lines with limited sizing
  • The trend toward a larger average size will continue to aid industry demand
  • Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    The Plus-Size Women's Clothing Stores industry is characterized by a low level of concentration, with only one company accounting for 15.0% of industry revenue. While numerous other players with hundreds of locations exist within the industry, none generate more than 5.0% of industry revenue. Major players in this industry have numerous retail outlets throughout the United States, while smaller players are generally independently owned and operate on a local level. Of all the plus-size women's clothing establishments, 20.0% are estimated to be nonemployers, while the overwhelming majority of employer firms have fewer than 20 employees.In the five years to 2016, the concentration of plus-size women's clothing stores is expected to decrease. The...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

  • Attractive product presentation
  • Establishment of brand names
  • Ability to sell goods currently favored by the market
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Per capita disposable income and Number of adults aged 20 to 64 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?

    Retailers in this industry specialize in plus-size women’s clothing, which is clothing proportioned specifically for larger women. Typically, sizes 14 and up are considered to be in the plus-size category, but not all brands and retailers follow this convention. The industry does not include online sales or plus-size clothing sales from stores with multiple departments.

    Industry Products
  • Dresses
  • Tops
  • Bottoms
  • Outerwear
  • Undergarments
  • Other apparel (e.g. swimwear and activewear)
  • Industry Activities
  • Retailing plus-size women's dresses and skirts
  • Retailing plus-size women's tops
  • Retailing plus-size women's pants
  • Retailing plus-size women's coats and jackets
  • Retailing plus-size women's undergarments
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Number of adults aged 20 to 64
  • Percentage of services conducted online
  • World price of cotton

  • Current Performance
  • Demographic trends
  • External competition
  • Retail trends
  • Industry landscape
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Competition increases
  • Potential opportunities
  • 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
  • Apparel Knitting Mills
  • Costume & Team Uniform Manufacturing
  • Hosiery Mills
  • Leather Good & Luggage Manufacturing
  • Shoe & Footwear Manufacturing
  • Women's & Children's Apparel Wholesaling
  • Women’s, Girls’ and Infants’ Apparel Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Tops
  • Bottoms
  • Dresses
  • Undergarments
  • Outerwear
  • Other apparel (e.g. swimwear and activewear)
  • Chart: Plus-Size Women's Clothing Stores Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Women aged 45 to 64
  • Women aged 26 to 44
  • Women aged 65 and older
  • Women aged 18 to 25
  • 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 and utilitiesMarketing and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Plus-Size Women's Clothing Stores

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Plus-Size Women's Clothing Stores Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Ascena Retail Group Inc.,
  • Table: Ascena Retail Group Inc. - 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 (2007-2021)
  • Industry Gross Product (2007-2021)
  • Establishments (2007-2021)
  • Businesses (2007-2021)
  • Employment (2007-2021)
  • Wages (2007-2021)
  • Percentage of services conducted online (2007-2021)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • A store that has a physical presence and location, as opposed to an online retailer.
  • Foundation Garment
  • An undergarment designed to temporarily alter the wearer's body shape to achieve a more fashionable figure, also known as shapewear.
  • Obesity
  • A medical condition characterized by excess body fat, generally classified as having a body mass index above 30.0.
  • Omnichannel Retailing
  • A term to describe stores that operate more than one channel to purchase goods. This can include a physical store, e-commerce site or mobile application.
  • Overweight
  • A medical condition characterized by excess body fat, generally classified as having a body mass index between 25.0 and 29.9.
  • Plus-Size Clothing
  • A general term given to clothing proportioned specifically for people with larger dimensions.
  • Showrooming
  • A term used to describe the act of trying out a product in a store, with the intention to purchase it online.
  • Webrooming
  • A term used to describe the act of perusing a store's website to pick out items to purchase in their physical store.
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