New Look has come under fire after a shopper highlighted how the fashion chain charges more for plus-sized clothing.

Maria Wassell, a retail supervisor from Kent, spotted that trousers in the shop's Curves range cost 15 per cent more than the corresponding pair in the main collection.

Maria told The Sun: "It's like I'm being discriminated against for being plus-size when I'm only slightly bigger than average.

"The average size for a British woman is now a size 16.”

We asked Shopper readers to tell us what they thought about this. If you would like to get involved in the conversation, post your comments below or head over to our Facebook post.

This discussion has really divided our readers with many saying it isn't fair to charge people more for needing bigger clothes while others have been in support of the insensitively named ‘fat tax’ due to fabric costs.

It's been said that if you are having to use more fabric then the manufacturers are obviously going to charge more.

Gemma Louise said: “I bought something from Topshop that was petite and had to change it for normal size which cost more. More material more money.”

Caroline Ch said: "Petite that even do size 16? same price for a petite size 4 and a petite size 16. None of it is logical really. Shops just know the market they can squeeze money out of"

Anna Marie said: “More material = more cost to make. Also the patterns will be slightly different and there is extra work that goes into manufacturing larger clothes. What do you expect? There is no 100 per cent fair way to do it, (like a sliding scale for each size) but as someone who wears their plus size range I don't mind paying a few quid extra.”

Mark Plaw said: "Just another excuse to charge more."

Leah Bullen said: “I’m big and have to mainly shop in certain stores and don’t see anything wrong with shops charging more. When you buy kids clothes they increase in price as they get bigger and I don’t see anyone jumping up and down crying about that. I think some just like to act offended over the silliest of things!!”

We have also had some men chipping into the conversation about their shopping experiences.

Mark Parsons said: “I'm a 3xl. I can pay up to £4 more for a t shirt than a large. So yes, mens clothing does cost more for larger sizes, and that's not from a specialist shop.”

New Look said in a statement: "We are in the process of reviewing the pricing structure of our plus-size collection in a way which works best for our customers and our business.

"We are proud of the ranges we offer to our plus-size customers and value all customers, no matter what their body shape or size.”