The XXXXL Suit!

02 November 2010

Just as designers are criticised for their size zero sample sizes, shouldn’t retailers come under fire for going too far in the other direction? ‘Tall’ retailer High and Mighty have just introduced the country’s largest off-the rack suit (wait for it…) a size XXXXL. Yes, count them… That’s triple X plus one!  

With a 64inch chest and 60 inch waist it’s big enough to fit two average size men.

The retailer says they’re just catering for customers needs.

‘We are leading increasingly sedentary lives; it is hard for parents to keep their children away from the television or the computer, and the consequences of that are visible,’ said High & Mighty director’s John Murphy.

However health authorities say the retailer’s promoting obesity.

‘This is horrifying and just goes to show that we have a huge problem,’ said Tam Fry, a spokesman for the National Obesity Forum, ‘Clearly so many are reaching this weight that clothes to fit them are available on the high street alongside normal sizes. The public health implications are huge, and it is going to take a generation or more to tackle this crisis.’

You could argue that the average UK man has waist 38inches or bigger and that – obese or not – they have to buy their clothes somewhere. Is it hypocritical to then strip size zeros from shop shelves? We want to hear your views…

- Amy Molloy


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