In a time where body diversity is at an all-time high (Curvy models walk the runway! Plus-size ladies are on magazine covers! Retailers are extending their sizing!) you'd expect the high-fashion world to take notice. Right?

Well, it seems that although many positive changes are happening in the industry, New York Fashion Week is still behind the times. Go figure.

Contrary to popular belief, the average American woman is not a size 12. She's a size 16 or 18.

Plunkett Research, a company that analyzes industry trends, estimated that 68 percent of American women wear a size 14 or above.

That means only 32 percent of women wear straight sizes.

The plus-size apparel market is growing faster than the overall U.S. clothing market at an annual rate of 6 percent. Women sized 12 and above spent $21.4 billion in 2016, so it's safe to say the demand is there.

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Why, then, are less than half of the designers participating in New York Fashion Week making clothes for women above a size 14?

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InStyle did a deep dive into the NYFW designers to figure out just how many make clothes for the average American woman.

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And the results were less than impressive.

Of all 84 women's clothing designers on the official CFDA calendar for Fashion Week, only 23 make clothes in a size 16 or higher.

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That's 27 percent of all designers listed. 73 percent of designers are ignoring the average-sized American woman.

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Meanwhile, 18 brands make clothes up to a size 10, and three make clothes up to a size 8.

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The majority of designers aren't even making products that most of us can buy. Considering NYFW designers basically set the tone for the fashion industry as a whole, these numbers are completely preposterous.

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Not only are designers missing out on billions of dollars by not making clothes to fit the average woman, but they're missing the bigger picture completely.

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The question is: why?

To make matters worse, only 14 percent of the designers make clothing in a size 18 or higher.

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For Brock Collection, Carolina Herrera, Chiara Boni la Petite Robe, J. Mendel, Kate Spade New York, Naeem Khan, Oscar de la Renta, Pyer Moss, Ralph Lauren, Veronica Beard, size 16 is the cut off.

Until we get to a place where clothing is created for ALL women, these are the brands we should be celebrating:

Christian Siriano (Up to Size 28), Derek Lam (Up to Size 26), Tadashi Shoji (Up to Size 24), Vaquera (Up to Size 24), Kith (Up to Size 22), John Elliott (Up to Size 22), Prabal Gurung (Up to Size 22), Brandon Maxwell (Up to Size 20), Marchesa (Up to Size 20), Libertine (Up to Size 20), LUAR (Up to Size 20), Chromat (Up to Size 18), Escada (Up to Size 18).

After all, putting a plus-size woman on the runway only means something if the clothes on the rack back it up.

So until that rings true for all brands, we must keep fighting.

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