Fat wallets equal smaller clothes. It's true. Follow the logic...

Your run-of-the-mill clothing manufacturer deals and profits in large volumes. They've gotta be conservative with the cloth - just a cubic inch of wasted fabric can quickly multiply into hundreds of yards of losses. So, if they advertise something as size 10, by golly, it's a size 10, no more, no less.

A small-volume boutique line of clothes doesn't care so much for those savings. They'll go ahead and throw cloth (and money) hither, thither, and yon. And the clothes tend to be bigger. The result? You go to a Barney's and flatter yourself on a size 10, or you go to Wal-Mart and barely squeeze into a size 12.

'You can never be too rich or too thin', they say, but being the first apparently gets your foot in the door on the second.

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