I was disappointed that Suzanne D'Amato's article ["Fashion's Larger Problem; Retailers Offer Young Plus-Size Women Few Options for a Stylish Wardrobe," front page, May 31] did not explore the plus-size fashion issue for men.

I'm 5-foot-11 and weigh 330 pounds. Yup, I'm a big boy. But I'm not alone. Statistics and health providers are always announcing how many more of us big people there are. Yet retailers ignore us.

Unlike 20 years ago, when most big people were older, many of today's big people are young, and they want something to wear that stands out. Some retailers have stepped up with online fashions in large sizes -- e.g., JC Penney, Old Navy and some small independents. These are nice, but the choices are limited.

Why won't retailers go after this market that is being ignored?


Tustin, Calif.


Thank you for finally printing a story that delineates the frustration experienced by young, plus-size female shoppers who want to dress stylishly. The recent phasing out of plus-size lines by some in the fashion industry is not just "counterintuitive," it's absurd, particularly given the growing numbers of plus-size women of all ages and the buying power of these women.

Shopping for stylish, size 14 clothes or larger is a horrifically depressing activity for not only young women. Baby boomers also must face store after store of clingy, strapless or spaghetti-strapped tops and dresses, low-rise jeans and slacks that are inappropriate for a plus-size, mature woman.

Young women and those of us in our forties and beyond need to get the message across to the fashion industry that having our clothing options relegated to separate departments or to online only is an insult. And while I'm at it, add sleeves to some of those garments and use less clingy material on occasion, please!


Silver Spring