Dry Goods opens at mall

Dry Goods opens at mall

CHAMPAIGN — Women’s clothing store Dry Goods opened this week at Market Place mall.

The store opened in the Macy’s wing of the mall. It replaced children’s clothing store Justice, which moved to a new location in the Bergner’s wing.

Dry Goods, which is an offshoot of department store Von Maur, sells contemporary clothing targeted at young women.

This is the fifth Dry Goods location in Illinois, with the others all in the Chicago suburbs.

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thinks wrote on April 19, 2017 at 5:04 pm

Sizes are available through XL (that is, a size 18-20).

News-Gazette: When you report clothing store openings, would you please let us know what (maximum) sizes the store carries? This is important for inclusive reporting about clothing options. A recent study found that the average size of the adult American women is a 16 (_International Journal of Design, Technology and Eduation_) -- people used to cite size 14, but that's no longer correct. That means that there are many women who are larger than 16 (size L) shopping in our local marketplace.

It's also useful to report whether local stores carry the larger sizes or whether they must be ordered online. For example, the J. Jill location at the mall does not carry the larger sizes in stock; they have to be ordered online.

annabellissimo wrote on April 20, 2017 at 12:04 pm

I'm not sure why you feel that it is the News Gazette's job to give a range of available sizes at any given store, but your point about clothing sizes is interesting. I have often wondered this: when you look at a catalog that sells clothing - say, Lands End or LL Bean or many others - they will often have a range of sizes from XS (extra small) petite to Plus Sizes Tall. The costs for the larger sizes, usually those that are in the Plus sizes range, are significantly more. However, the very small sizes are not priced at a lower amount. What is the rationale behind that higher pricing for Plus sizes? More fabric? Less demand? (that seems unlikely, given the overall larger sizes of Americans) If more people are larger and therefore ordering larger sizes, then it can't be the argument that Plus sizes require special patterns, machines, etc. If a particular size range is the norm, then it is not "outside the norm" by definition! It is just a curiosity to me and I have often wondered: why don't smaller sizes get a smaller price if the larger sizes get a larger price. Is this another expression of hostility for people who are larger? Is it an attempt to modify behavior through the marketplace?