Stitch Fix Dives Deeper into Plus Size Fashion with Data and Exclusive Collections


Plus size fashion has come a long way, but even with the firsts that we have experienced and celebrated, there is still so much more room to grow! Stitch Fix is on a mission to help add to the newness. Through the use of data and a specific infrastructure, Stitch Fix is partnering with emerging brands to help them launch and/or refine their plus size offerings.

Stitch Fix Dives Deeper into Plus Size Fashion with Data and Exclusive Collections
Modern Citizen in Plus at Stitch Fix

It is amazing that in 2022, we are still fighting for access to plus size fashion, especially as the global plus-size apparel market is on track to reach $696.7 billion by 2027, Allied Market Research found.

Want another staggering stat? In the U.S., sales revenue for women’s plus-size apparel grew 18% in 2021 compared to 2019; over three times faster than overall consumer spending on the women’s market, according to The NPD Group.

So, to say that there is amazing opportunity in the plus size fashion space is an understatement.

Here Is Where Stitch Fix Comes in To Help

Recognizing the stats paired with their own cache of over 75 million data points about what the plus size shopper and consumer truly want and need, Stitch Fix is leveraging its data and Plus Size toolkit to help emerging designers and brands confidently step into the plus size fashion space.

“The average US woman is a size 16, but Plus size sales accounted for just 19% of the apparel market last year, so it’s clear that despite the obvious need, size-inclusive fashion is far from mainstream.” Madison Young, Head of Women’s Plus Division at Stitch Fix shares.

Stitch Fix Dives Deeper into Plus Size Fashion with Data and Exclusive Collections
Modern Citizen in Plus at Stitch Fix

Madison Young continues, “At Stitch Fix we’ve spent the past decade making personal styling accessible to millions of people and are committed to serving all clients equally, no matter their size, fit, style, or spending preferences. This commitment, combined with our deep understanding of fit and size means we are ideally placed to tap into unmet consumer needs and lead the retail industry in offering plus clothing.”

Over the summer, Stitch Fix worked with Amour Vert to make the sustainable brand available to women who wear above a size XXL. And next month, two collections are launching exclusively on Stitch Fix, with Chloe Kristyn expanding into Plus for the first time and Modern Citizen including fashion-forward contemporary plus size options up through a 3X.

We asked the team behind Modern Citizen about how instrumental Stitch Fix was to this journey into plus sizes:

“Stitch Fix helped us to create a foundational jumping-off point for launching into Plus — leveraging their resources and deep knowledge has been instrumental in reaching our first milestone of creating a collection that expands to Size 3X, and more importantly, laying the groundwork for more ambitious plans to come.” 

Modern Citizen

At a time where we have seen various straight size brands launch and then close their plus size business, having a strategic partner to help guide them along this journey is much needed. We’ve seen this with 11 Honoré and now we get contemporary plus size options with Stitch Fix!

Stitch Fit Understands the Biggest Pain point, FIT

Stitch Fix Dives Deeper into Plus Size Fashion with Data and Exclusive Collections
Modern Citizen in Plus at Stitch Fix

“Fit for extended sizes has been historically tricky for brands to get right: brands are often less familiar with a plus-size fit and have limited data for this size range. Creating a well-fitting plus-size garment is more nuanced than simply “grading up” from existing sizes.”

Madison Young, Head of Women’s Plus Division at Stitch Fix

One of the biggest challenges we face, outside of hardly being able to go into the store to try on, is fit. Fit, form, and function in our plus size clothing. Consistency in sizing, too… but that is for another conversation.

Speaking on fit and the assumptions people have thought around what plus size people want, Bettina Benson, the designer behind Chloe Kristyn shares:

Stitch Fix Dives Deeper into Plus Size Fashion with Data and Exclusive Collections
Chloe Kristyn at Stitch Fix

“The assumptions that the market and industry makes about what the Plus Size consumer wants and does not want became even more surprising to me when I saw how amazing our garments, some being tailored, sleeveless and/or sexy looked on our fit model once we’d finished development. The pieces were beyond flattering to her figure; I was and am beyond proud to add Plus Sizes to our assortment.”

Fit, form, and function pose the biggest challenges to designers and brands and Stitch Fix is here to help. Stitch Fix has created a solution by developing an infrastructure that allows designers to launch into plus and effectively break down previously existing barriers.

“Our extended-size offering began in 2017, and we are proud to offer our client products from over 150 different designers today and more than 4,500 style options annually. To date, we have helped over 10 emerging brands and designers launch into extended sizes 14W-24W, 1X-3X; and we’re just getting started.”

Madison Young, Head of Women’s Plus Division at Stitch Fix

When it comes to design, plus size people have long wanted the same options as their straight sized friends. Right? Of course! While we had the ear of Bettina Benson, we had to ask about their process around fit and choosing products for their plus range.

“The Plus consumer, rightfully so, wants the same options that are designed for and provided to the core sized consumer; however, in order to ensure that the desired design aesthetic and proper fit is yielded, designers must go back to the drawing board, with the plus sized woman in mind. After identifying our Plus fit model, who is a size 18W, I had her try on the sizes XL and XXL from the core line, which equates to a Missy 16-18 and 20.
It was clear to see that the styles we chose to develop in Plus would have to be altered at certain points to ensure a proper and flattering fit. The Stitch Fix Plus Size tool kit helped to provide clarity on adjustments to take into consideration for the development of Plus as well.”

Bettina Benson of Chloe Kristyn

Modern Citizen shares their process on stepping into the plus size space with Stitch Fix: “Being a small business, we aren’t resourced in the way that larger brands are, so striking a balance between what’s available to us and doing the best possible job with fit and design has been a challenge, but one that we have been excited to take on for a long time.”

Stitch Fix Dives Deeper into Plus Size Fashion with Data and Exclusive Collections
Pilar Vegan Leather Dress by Modern Citizen at Stitch Fix

Leveraging using their data, fit expertise, and strong market relationships, Stitch Fix is on a path to make “its exclusive brands 100% size-inclusive by 2025.” With over 150 brands offering plus sizes on its site, we are excited to see and watch what magic and fashion firsts could be had with Stitch Fix.

You can shop all the newest plus size fashion finds at StitchFix.com

When Chloe Kristyn and Modern Citizen drop, don’t worry, we will be sharing the first looks with you!

What do you think about this news? Seeing a brand deliver plus size fashion in a data driven and resourced way? Could this be the way that we see newer brands step into the plus size fashion space?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!



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