Answerland: Why are your clothes so expensive?

Answerland: Why So Expensive?

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Brian asked: I just wanted to say that I love your site.  I just discovered it today and have looked at pretty much every feature.  As a larger guy I try to keep up with fashion but it’s difficult to find stores that carry larger sizes, let alone make clothes that look good.  Your site has allowed me to expand my shopping options.

One question I do have is how you choose what retailers to cover.  I appreciate the smaller businesses that you feature but not all of us live in NYC or California or have the budget to afford a $250 pair of jeans or $350 shoes (as much as I would love to).  I live in Columbus, OH.  I was wondering if it’s possible to include some more affordable, smaller retailers in the future (rather than the chains like Old Navy and Gap). Maybe even an article that discusses more affordable substitutes for some of the more expensive items you feature.  Thanks, and keep up the good work.

Thanks for the question and for reading Chubstr! We’re pretty open when it comes to the retailers we cover. As Chubstr has grown, we’ve found that we get questions from people who are like you, and want information on places to shop for clothes that are relatively inexpensive, as well as people who want to shop for higher end clothing in their size. Because our readers are so diverse and there’s interest in both the discount and high end clothing, we try to cover both sides of the coin as best we can.

As you know, there aren’t a lot of options for big guys when it comes to clothing – higher end or mainstream – especially when you want to wear something with a bit of style. If we come across a designer creating quality clothing with a higher price point, it’s important to us to share that with you, because big guys aren’t normally catered to in this way. Most of you already know you can (usually) shop a store such as Gap, Casual Male, or Amazon for clothes in your size, so we try to bring you designers and businesses that are doing something different for men of size when we can find them.

One of our overarching goals is to give our readers clothing and lifestyle options that run the spectrum – the same as what you’d get from mainstream websites. As often as we promote higher end brands that offer more expensive products, we also promote shops like Fat Fancy and PLNDR, or guides like this and this, that feature more affordable options along with the high end ones. We’re actively working on new articles that’ll give you some more great options that don’t break the bank.

That said, we’re always interested in tips and suggestions related to place in your area that you shop at. There are generally more shops focusing on bigger folks on the coasts, so if you’re in the middle of the country, we want to know where you shop. If you send us your tips, we’ll share them with the rest of the community. Thanks again for reading Chubstr. If there’s anything we can help you find, don’t hesitate to reach out.

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