Where do fat people buy nice clothes?

(116 Posts)
seeker Tue 19-Mar-13 14:26:11

I know, I know- if you weren't far you wouldn't have the problem. But where do they?

colditz Tue 19-Mar-13 14:32:25

Simply be, Evans, and sometimes h and m.

Or we just don't.

Depends what you mean by fat. I'm fat, but still get away with most shops because I'm currently an eighteen. However, popping over that magic threshold reduces the choice significantly.

dontoutmyselfthistime Tue 19-Mar-13 14:32:45

Ok define f a t! I hate that word

Do you mean size 18 - 20 or lager?

colditz Tue 19-Mar-13 14:33:37

Don't hate the word fat, it's a description, not a value judgement.

doctorhamster Tue 19-Mar-13 14:37:51

I'm vary between an 18 and a 20 and buy my clothes from Dorothy Perkins and new look mostly. If I need an occasion dress monsoon is always my default...I always find something in there and the sizes are generous.

The supermarkets are good for basic t-shirts and my underwear is usually marks and Spencer.

polyhymnia Tue 19-Mar-13 14:52:44

This may not be very helpful but personally I don't like ranges aimed specifically at plus sized people - don't find the quality of Evans, Simply Be etc good enough. Ditto supermarket stuff.

Much of my stuff is carefully chosen Boden, who go up to 22. I'm prepared to do a lot of planning, ordering, and sending back to find the right dresses and tops, etc from there each season.

All my jeans are NYDJ, which I recommend.

Monsoon of course also go up to 22, though I'm not a huge fan of their stuff - just not my style.

I used to buy quite a few basics from the M and S Autograph Weekend range but this sadly seems to have vanished and Autograph generally gone downhill, so seldom buy anything there. But you can still sometimes find the odd OK basic in one of the big M and S stores.

When I worked in an office most of my clothes came from Marina Rinaldi, Maxmara's plus size label (the only specialist one I really buy from). But it is £££ and does need careful choosing, like any other label.

chocolatetester1 Tue 19-Mar-13 14:58:03

New look inspire range is cheap and cheerful.

I'm on the larger side of things getting smaller though if my tape measure is to be believed and I find most of the 'plus size' ranges to be hideous. Honestly, some of the stuff aimed at the larger lady is downright awful. I prefer to shop at 'normal' stores and try on try on try on as sometimes I find I need a smaller size than I thought. New look jeans are well sized for the most part and fit well, that's where I buy all mine after many Primark denim disasters.

slug Tue 19-Mar-13 15:57:20

Plain tops - Uniqulo
Work dresses - Phase Eight, Betty Jackson Black, LadyVLondon
Jeans - The Evans pear shaped ones seem to be the ones that fit me best but I'm still looking for the holy grail
Skirts - varies but very hit and miss

I have in my wardrobe items that I love purchased from Ghost, Gudren Sjoden and Rundholz Black Label

catyloopylou Tue 19-Mar-13 16:13:51

Boden, M&S, h&m, Dorothy Perkins, Monsoon, NYDJ for denim (good prices on eBay). I don't bother with Primark as sizes smallish and fabric yucky.

niminypiminy Tue 19-Mar-13 18:20:33

What's your budget and style?

There were some (fairly expensive) but great designers showing at London Plus Sized Fashion Week. I like some of the things at I dare to be, although possibly not styled as they have them.

And for inspiration, I love Buttercups Frocks, and there are links to loads of other fatshion blogs there as well.

niminypiminy Tue 19-Mar-13 18:25:28

Oh, forgot, Mary Portas at House of Fraser is worth a look at. Some of her dresses have fantastic reviews from women who are size 20 and over.

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Tue 19-Mar-13 18:27:32

I use good old fashion world and their linked brands.

McPrice Tue 19-Mar-13 18:29:24

at a size 18 and short too i find shopping a bit hit and miss. i dont like high street shopping so mainly internet shop. im always prepared to send things back if the fits a bit squiffy. i like simply be or very, joe browns stuff and the supermarkets for basics like vest tops etc. plus size maternity stuff is hit and miss. i spent a fortune on jeans but i still love them. i bought many of my maternity stuff from the dredded matalan or asda as was on a budget and was pleasently surprised with the quality! grin

Vajazzler Tue 19-Mar-13 18:37:58

I buy most of my clothes from Yours Clothing they do a lot of longer length tops which i prefer. Hate the thought of my belly hanging out the bottom of tops

MrsSchadenfreude Tue 19-Mar-13 19:04:09

I loathe Evans and most "plus sized" ranges with a passion (though do quite like Joe Brown's for casual stuff). I buy dresses and tops from Boden, Monsoon. Work tops from M & S or Land's End, also casual, T shirts. Jeans from M & S or the dreaded Evans, or Gloria Vanderbilt if in the US.

I try to go to New York every year or so, and stock up on decent clothes there, makes like Jones New York are great quality and not too expensive. Also have some Armani stuff from New York, tops from Nine West etc.

I tried NYDJ but they looked utterly hideous on me, no matter what size or style I tried. Heavier denim with less lycra works better for me.

JollyYellowGiant Tue 19-Mar-13 19:12:16

Littlewoods stock So Fabulous clothing which is rather nice smile

Pseudonymity Tue 19-Mar-13 19:15:03

I'm not, er, 'fat'! myself but I noticed that Asos have a collection called curve in size 20+, it looks pretty good, I've always been really pleased with stuff from Asos - good for fashion items rather than classics though. I assume that the regular ranges go up to 18. The sizing is true to the measurements they give online.

charlieandlola Tue 19-Mar-13 19:16:31

Asos Curve, curvety.com for dresses, lands end, next H&M and Boden are my staples

Iwantmybed Tue 19-Mar-13 19:20:10

Your OP sounds as if you're asking how those fat people buy nice clothes. However I'm probably reading too much into it.

seeker Tue 19-Mar-13 19:21:10

What a very bizarre interpretation........hmm

Bonkerz Tue 19-Mar-13 19:23:41

Yours.co.uk is amazing. Trousers in lots of leg lengths. Tops are longer than usual and sizes very generous!!!!

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Tue 19-Mar-13 19:24:08

Really? It read to me like seeker is looking for nice clothes for herself.

I'm fat, size 22-24 and I buy from New Look, Asda and eBay - I'm not a fashionista, I find everything I need in these places.

I'm a DP's/Primark/EBay chubster for the most part- but I think it's buying well for your shape rather than your size that makes clothes look nice IYSWIM.

timidviper Tue 19-Mar-13 19:30:25

I like very classic clothes and tend to get staples and work stuff from Ann Harvey (it's the bigger size bit of Alexon)

The only thing that is good at Evans is the super stretch jeans, most of it is cheap tat. Simply be is overpriced and the sizes are hugely variable in my experience. Surprisingly I have had a couple of really nice and much admired tops from the Moda range at Asda over the winter.

polyhymnia Wed 20-Mar-13 22:53:06

I'm afraid both Evans and Ann Harvey are no nos for me. Everyones tastes differ but 'specialist' plus size labels are almost all to be avoided IMO - too cheap looking or too frumpy.

Ihatemytoes Thu 21-Mar-13 06:44:09

ASOS curve have some nice stuff.

DolomitesDonkey Thu 21-Mar-13 06:52:57

Evans specialises in flammable tat cut to fit pillar boxes. I also question their sizing and if you have an arse (like me) then you'll wear up to 5 sizes more than normal - although I suppose it keeps their market captive by thinking they're too big to go elsewhere. Eg I usually wear an 18 - I bought some Evans knickers in 28-30 for pregnancy and they were tight around my thighs -wtf? confused

For nice stuff I prefer mainline shops and the odd treat or two from Anna scholz who uses amazing fabrics.

Asos curve I think must be targeted towards teens as it's so unflattering. Always bare arms and baby dolls in nylon - it's as though mama cass died in vein.

Anyway off. The top of my head in my wardrobe
Damsel in a dress
Anna scholz
Boden
Joules
Levi's curve
Next
Esprit
Simon Olivier (? German brand I think)
Boden
Lingerie from curvy Kate, Freya and sapph's
Tights = tesco

DolomitesDonkey Thu 21-Mar-13 06:54:20

Died in vain not vein tsk.

Mexx too, nice stuff.

higgle Thu 21-Mar-13 11:17:14

As someone who has been and loved being an 8/10 being over 12 1/2 stone and a top end 14 puts me off buying clothes at all. As I'm only 5'3" and have no waist or shape ( apart from a nice cleavage ) I tend to go for jersey dresses from Brora, Pepperberry and Autograph with V necks and a push up bra to give the distraction factor. I cover up the distraction factor with a scarf for work. If I was a better shaped fatty with a waist and womanly hips, rather than a blob I'd be buing more than is needed to coever my decency.

kalidanger Thu 21-Mar-13 11:55:58

Evans specialises in flammable tat cut to fit pillar boxes.

Right on angry There is some rubbish in there. I also hate anything with Betty Boop or an anchor on it.

Bookmarked this thread for payday thanks all.

auldspinster Thu 21-Mar-13 12:21:34

I tend to go to ebay for clothes and get the old thing in New Look or Sainsbos. Evans were ok for a while but the stuff they have just now is awful.

DolomitesDonkey Thu 21-Mar-13 13:40:28

kalidanger - Yes, because nothing is more flattering on a large woman than disney characters and twee! wink I'm 39 years old and carrying several extra stone - I know what'll make me look effortlessly stylish - a fucking cartoon mouse across my heaving bosem.

seeker Thu 21-Mar-13 13:54:32

grin

I hate hate hate Simply Be. The sizes are messed up and apart from the small Joe Browns range they carry, everything else is vile. I have never seen so many sequins and sparkles as I did when I went in Simply Be around xmas time. Yes, because every larger lady wants to look like a fucking disco ball on legs.

dingit Thu 21-Mar-13 16:57:21

My problem is I am fat and a short arse. So many plus ranges swamp me. Any tips for me? I am 16/18 bottom, 18/20 top, yes big boobs hmm

VictorTango Thu 21-Mar-13 17:00:19

What are you all buying from Boden? I am 18 and need help!

MrsHeggulePoirot Thu 21-Mar-13 17:04:18

Marking place !!!

polyhymnia Thu 21-Mar-13 17:41:24

I buy almost all my dresses from Boden - by trial and error - ie, trying and sending back - every season till I find ones that suit me. Those I eventually track down often seem to get compliments from friends, etc.

Also have lots of their tunics/long tops (not the ones with garish prints!!). And some of their knitwear.

Don't find their trousers any good on me as too baggy in the legs - mine are long and quite slim.

I'm tall as well as large, and hourglass shaped, so those have to be factored in too. Having the measurements of the clothes and the reviews on their site are both very useful for that purpose - though I still end up sending back more than I keep!

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Thu 21-Mar-13 19:58:58

I do shop at fashion world and related sites, but it's not always easy to find nice things, that's true. You know what I hate? I hate the fact that they don't seem to realise that perhaps strappy tops and tops that end at your waist aren't really the best look for those of us who have more in common with the michelin man than with twiggy grin

I don't WANT straps or split or really short sleeves that display my arm flab. I want 3/4 length sleeves at least.

I don't WANT clingy fabric.

I don't WANT tops that give me the Vogon look. Make them a bit longer, ffs!

And pants. Oh, pants. Understand the body of the larger woman. Please. grin

2fedup Thu 21-Mar-13 20:41:27

Dignit, I get petit clothes in size 18 from wallis, DP, m&co ( got to watch the fabric, so it's not too sweaty)

I also like fatface, fen wright and mason, mint velvet, phase eight and jaeger, for more formal work stuff.

DolomitesDonkey Fri 22-Mar-13 05:50:48

Having a large chest does not mean I actually want to display it to the world. But then I don't want a crew neckline with pockets on the boobs either. Pockets on the boobs? Oh lovely, can you place the button on my nipple too? grin

kalidanger Fri 22-Mar-13 12:08:57

DolomitesDonkey Whenever I go into a Fat Girl Shop (as my Gay Best Friend so charmingly calls them) I send him a pic of the most godawful thing in there this is the latest effort from New Look Lookit that neckline?! Wh...whu...why?

poozlepants Fri 22-Mar-13 12:21:47

I buy lots of tops and jumpers from La Redoute. I am an 18 but I always buy tops a couple of sizes bigger. They give the length in the desription so you can work out which ones will cover you. I send a lot back but the tops and jumpers I have got are usually reasonable quality and people have often asked where I got them. I wait until I have a good offer code or there is a sale. They have lots of tat as well but it's easy and free to send back. Never got a good pair of trousers from there though.

polyhymnia Fri 22-Mar-13 12:40:18

I think trousers are the most difficult of all. I get my jeans from NYDJ and my 'smart' trousers from Marina Rinaldi - though even theirs are often too baggy.

DolomitesDonkey Fri 22-Mar-13 12:44:31

<snurk> kalidanger Nice... I like the way the top of your bra would show and the heart would disappear under a bosem or if you've a larger tummy, perhaps its point would disappear into your navel?

I always thought the Beth Ditto range was spectacularly bad - I mean that had effort put in to it to be so bad!

I almost don't know where to start on the Evans site - BEHOLD!

1) High neckline, pink, sleeveless AND without a waist? With this you are really spoiling us Evans.
2) A man's shirt? Checked? Buttoned pockets on the tits? Lumberjacktastic
3) I'm pretty sure this is actually a growbag
4) The 70s called - they want their top back. I will not look like Peaches Geldof in this.
5) This beautiful sofa cover comes in a size 32 and has wipe-down arm rests.
6) Why yes I am a fat lesbian - thank you for considering my footwear needs.

VictorTango Fri 22-Mar-13 13:01:35

Can anyone link to anything to things they do like?

JollyYellowGiant Fri 22-Mar-13 13:17:45

I can't do lots of links as on the phone and it keeps losing my posts.

Here - http://www.littlewoods.com/mobile/so-fabulous-beaded-waist-kaftan-dress/1181626337.prd?browseToken=%2fb%2f1962%2fs%2fbestsellers%2c0%2fo%2f2&trail=1589-1962 - is a dress from Littlewoods So Fabulous range. Some of it is not good, but some of the things are nice smile

JollyYellowGiant Fri 22-Mar-13 13:18:15
BeCool Netherlands Fri 22-Mar-13 13:59:20

18-20 here.
I buy all over the place. Be prepared to try on or return if mail order. With mail order I will order LOTS (on credit card) knowing I will return lots of it before card needs to be paid.

In the last year I have brought from:
Boden - esp trousers
DP - dresses (much to my surprise as I'm not a huge fan of Polyester Perkins)
Primark - stretchy tops & vests
Debenhams - jeans and dresses
Wrap - tops
M&S - Maralyn jeans
Damsel in a Dress- got lovely dress on sale
ASOS - haven't brought here for a while but the CURVE range is good.
BonPrix - summer dresses. Very much a case of selective shopping here but they are cheap and IME good quality.

BeCool Netherlands Fri 22-Mar-13 14:06:18

I think maybe ASOS Curve have lost their way a little.

kalidanger Fri 22-Mar-13 14:09:40

Dolomites Teehee, you are awful grin

1. Do you like polyester gathers up amongst your inner thighs? Try me!
2. Bobbles
3. Here is my contract on the world love jam

VictorTango Fri 22-Mar-13 14:16:14

I honestly can't remember the last time I wore anything that resembled fashion.

That's really nice Jolly but don't think I'm confident enough to pull it off.

DolomitesDonkey Fri 22-Mar-13 14:36:44

I like this:-

1. Enough rouching over the tummy to hide sins - has a waist and a cleavage and length. I have ankles - but that's because my legs are shaped like chicken drumsticks.

2. With good control underwear I'd wear this and look like Kim Kardashian's tubby sister.

kalidanger I like the elasticated waist of those trousers. I may be fat, but fuck tailoring - I want to look like a clown! That cardi is nice - no buttons I notice - it could only have been improved with the "waterfall effect". I too had a soft spot for the t-shirt, I've had a sneak preview at the autumn collection and can't wait to get my hands on "pasties".

Peplums - why in the name of ALL THAT IS HOLY would a larger woman wish to make her HIPS look bigger? They are stuck on "posh" spice's dresses because she has no fucking shape. They're like padded bras for arses!

1) Oh yeh baby check me out - I have both class and style. Those fags aren't going to go down the corner shop and buy themselves you know.

2) FAT RED CAMEL TOE - I hear they name - because nothing looks as flattering on a plus-sized arse than skin tight coloured denim.

3) I'm always hearing people complain about seeing fat girls' muffin tops , but we don't hear enough about buttocks - this comes in a size 26 which means presumably the bum-crease would be quite low - i.e., below the hem-line.

4) That reminds me, must pack up the boxes for the WI

5) The Glastonbury special - comes with own guy-ropes.

6) ding ding ding we have a winner!

BabyFaker Fri 22-Mar-13 14:46:13

Can someone do what Dolomites did but link to nice stuff? confused

DolomitesDonkey Fri 22-Mar-13 14:58:50

Can you not take a little look yourself? I have no idea what you do like - I'm just joking around with the crap.

Each and every one of us has different taste - there's probably someone right now grinding their teeth with fury because I've taken the piss out of their favourite item!

Honestly, do you want it chosen, brought to your house, hung up in your wardrobe and your private butler dress you?

BabyFaker Fri 22-Mar-13 15:00:46

Yes please that would be great! Thanks in advance!

VictorTango Fri 22-Mar-13 15:16:16

That would be amazing .. do you charge?

DolomitesDonkey Fri 22-Mar-13 15:21:34

Yes, my rate is 800 quid a day and a constant americano on the go - and I like my coffee. I'm currently sat here with "happy feet".

I want to go shopping now. I have 50 quid - that means I can have that adorable arse-magnifying play suit in flammable green - but I'll still have 40 quid left to show off my finest feature; the camel toe.

WildThongsEggHunt Fri 22-Mar-13 15:23:56
snuffaluffagus Fri 22-Mar-13 15:31:30

asos (curve), new look, dorothy perkins and M&S for leggings etc.

Selks Fri 22-Mar-13 15:36:52

Sadly I think what this thread shows is that it's far easier to buy hideous plus sized clothes than it is to buy nice ones that flatter.

What is it with these designers? Are they on a mission to produce the most unflattering polyester clothes possible? Honestly the designs so far this spring have been shocking. I've hardly bought anything new for ages - thank heavens all my winter and autumn stuff is still appropriate!!

polyhymnia Fri 22-Mar-13 17:10:45

I agree with what's just been said about clothes designed specifically for plus sizes being incredibly hideous - that's why I avoid plus size specialist labels like the plague.

fridgepants Sat 23-Mar-13 13:10:16

Don't Levis Curve only go up to a 34 waist? I have a 10in difference between my waist and hips, though, so I buy a 36 in Gap Curvy.

VictorTango Sat 23-Mar-13 14:03:57

I guess I just wanted to see what other people found that was flattering.

I can never find anything.

And I never know what material will cling.

DolomitesDonkey Sat 23-Mar-13 14:07:54

Fridge, I bought mine in the US, always a bigger size selection there. I too have the big ration.

DolomitesDonkey Sat 23-Mar-13 14:08:22

Ratio, not ration! grin Worst Freudian slip ever!

VictorTango Sat 23-Mar-13 14:23:22

grin

polyhymnia Sat 23-Mar-13 15:05:47

As said Ive found some very flattering things at Boden But I have had to look really hard to do so - send back the majority if what I order. Because you really can't tell how the cut and material will work on you till you try.In general I would say go for best quality materials possible if you want to avoid cling etc. But styles that suit me won't always suit others and vice versa
Which is why it's helpful when reviews have height and figure type of reviewers included ( which Boden don't at the moment).

alliscalm Sat 23-Mar-13 16:59:37

I definitely second Boden, especially for dresses. We are not talking high fashion, obvs, but I get loads of compliments. The wrap ones are great for tummies and if you avoid anything too Johnniefied you are usually on safe ground. (BTW why would anyone want to wear a dress that even Johnnie is only be inspired to call Everyday?) You need to be careful if you are large of chest with anything empire line, they are fond of adding contrast banding which can be tight. And once you know what suits, you can try Ebay. I usually get mine for about 50% to 60% off from sellers who obviously bulk buy at the end of sales.

alliscalm Sat 23-Mar-13 17:04:44

I meant to say especially to VictorTango, the material is generally not clingy. I have last season's Pimlico dress and Emma tunic in 95 per cent viscose and 5 per cent elastane and neither cling and are flattering (size 18 5ft 6in busty)

alliscalm Sat 23-Mar-13 17:06:07

I meant to say especially to VictorTango, the material is generally not clingy. I have last season's Pimlico dress and Emma tunic in 95 per cent viscose and 5 per cent elastane and neither cling and are flattering (size 18 5ft 6in busty)

EMUZ Sat 23-Mar-13 17:15:44

I have the Emma tunic as well and really like it

polyhymnia Sat 23-Mar-13 22:31:26

alliscalm I have and like those two as well. Got several nice - and admired - things last season. Haven't found the S/S things nearly so fruitful yet.

MrsSchadenfreude Sat 23-Mar-13 23:05:24

I have the Emma tunic/dress in all three colours. The red one keeps riding up, though. sad

CaveyLovesPendleton Sun 24-Mar-13 08:41:56

What do you all wear with the Emma tunic? I have it but was planning to send it back tbh. I can't seem to make it look right...

kalidanger Sun 24-Mar-13 11:45:38

I think it was in MN that I read that someone asked an assistant at Evans why all their tops were sleeve-less and was told that it was "Cuz larger ladies sweat more innit".

Whilst that obvs wasn't the last word in the subject but I did wonder if Evans designers really do think that and that is the reason why?? Because it's so hideously, awfully, dreadfully and unbelievably unflattering I can't imagine they think it looks good confused

alliscalm Sun 24-Mar-13 11:53:59

I wear the charcoal Emma as a dress or tunic with skinnies/leggings and the greeney/purple one as a dress with knee-high boots/ankle boots which most MNers would describe as mum boots. I find them really easy to wear and flattering (I hope!)

polyhymnia Sun 24-Mar-13 12:34:31

Wear my charcoal one with berry coloured tights and black ankle boots and interesting necklace .

Deathwatchbeetle Sun 24-Mar-13 13:38:18

<snurk> kalidanger Nice... I like the way the top of your bra would show and the heart would disappear under a bosem or if you've a larger tummy, perhaps its point would disappear into your navel?

I always thought the Beth Ditto range was spectacularly bad - I mean that had effort put in to it to be so bad!

I almost don't know where to start on the Evans site - BEHOLD!

1) High neckline, pink, sleeveless AND without a waist? With this you are really spoiling us Evans.
2) A man's shirt? Checked? Buttoned pockets on the tits? Lumberjacktastic
3) I'm pretty sure this is actually a growbag
4) The 70s called - they want their top back. I will not look like Peaches Geldof in this.
5) This beautiful sofa cover comes in a size 32 and has wipe-down arm rests.
6) Why yes I am a fat lesbian - thank you for considering my footwear needs.

I am crying here!!! It made me snigger!

alliscalm Sun 24-Mar-13 14:55:08

Evans stuff is worse than ever. H&M did a really great range once called BB or something and it was in quite a few stores but I never see it any more. I have never understood why M&S doesn't have a proper go at this, after all there are a bewildering number of ranges now - so many I don't know where to go in the shop. I found myself holding up a dress the other day then when I saw the label Classic I put it down like a shot blush

MrsSchadenfreude Sun 24-Mar-13 15:06:26

Yes, because what overweight people really want is a) all of their clothes made out of polyester b) made with lots of material and no shape, so that it falls like a large curtain from the shoulders c) large prints so that you look like a sofa d) no sleeves because everyone knows that fat women have lovely arms hmm e) a high neck to hide, rather than a V or scoop neck to flatter, a magnificent chest. Evans, and to a slightly lesser extent, M & S Porkers collection (or whatever it is called, goes up to size 28) are most guilty of this.

If you are plus sized, you don't look at a rail of clothes, pick something out, and think, that's nice, I'll see if they've got it in my size. No. What you do is go through the rack, looking only at the size tag on the hanger, thinking "what have they got that will fit me?"

MrsSchadenfreude Sun 24-Mar-13 15:08:48

I wear my Emmas with opaque tights and boots (Duo: your friend for the fat of calf) or ballet flats or court shoes. And some nice jewellery or a scarf.

EMUZ Sun 24-Mar-13 15:56:57

I have the charcoal Emma on today with wolford leggings, black chunky boots and a waist belt

kalidanger Sun 24-Mar-13 16:07:41

MrsSchadenfreude agree with everything there.

There are quite literally tonnes of fatties in the UK. Why aren't the shops falling over themselves to bleed us dry?

I'm wearing my charcoal Emma today too grin With black leggings, long black cardigan (for warmth in church) and boots.

Like polyhymnia I get on well with Boden.

Victortango - part of dressing a bigger body is accepting the size you are. There's no dress on earth that will make a size 22 look like a size 10. If you seek for fashinn that will make you disappear, you'll only make yourself miserable.

What do you like to wear? Personally I like a good pattern. I like a swishy dress. So you can see the size of my arse and you can see I have legs owing more to a small plantation of trees than the Royal Ballet . Ok then because I feel great in that stuff. I like the patterns, I like the colour, I like that my personality is in some way illustrated.

Wherever you go for clothes, it's all just wasted money if you can't find a little bit of love for yourself too.

JaquelineHyde England Sun 24-Mar-13 16:29:46

For special occassions IGIGI are amazing. The fabric and fit is really good and you can pick them up at some UK stockists or on ebay.

Agree with Northern - very well said thanks.
I too like a bit of bright Boden pattern! Also have their plain stuff if the neckline is right - am a 16/18 38G.
As Poly said though, need to try and send back with Boden e.g. The Emma tunic did nothing for me but some of their other tunics are fine.
Shoes/boots from Amazon ( for brands like fly or irregular choice), Clarks, M&S (can wear standard sizes as legs and feet quite skinny).
For work wear Boden lyocell dresses or Boden wool trousers and tops.
M&S for Autograph tights and leggings.
HTH smile

DolomitesDonkey Sun 24-Mar-13 16:42:00

Yes, igigi are amazing - I got my wedding dress from them and was 7 months pregnant. Beautiful, although it looked even better post-partum! wink

Kiyonna is another great US brand and if you're young and cool check out Torrid. Even Lane Bryant knocks Evans into a cocked hat.

The trouble with boden is that it can very easily become "podgy mum" rather than simply mummy. Dressing well when chubby takes more effort because we all put on weight in different areas.

I've got great shoulders and triceps (oh yes), but I've been ordered by the courts not to display my legs above the knee.

Aim for style not fashion and you'll be ok. Don't hide yourself in clothes 3 sizes too big, don't try and hide yourself in black. As Northern says, it doesn't matter what the cut, colour or fabric is - it's not going to give you 36" hips. So where what feels beautiful and what makes you feel powerful, sexy and beautiful.

JaquelineHyde England Sun 24-Mar-13 16:51:41

Dolomites I got my wedding dress from them too grin Not one of their actual wedding dresses but a fab maxi dress that I just loved!

shopping is hard work when you are fat. I usually go for Dorothy Perkins (polyester) and fat face (bloody expensive). Peacocks sometimes have ok stuff. I have a huge stomach, so my special challenge is finding stuff that does not make me look pregnant. I usually wear pintuck shirts and jeans, or baggy jumpers and skirt with flat boots for work. Especially hate clingy jersey and sleeveless. This thread very helpful.

timidviper Sun 24-Mar-13 16:57:55

I agree with all the criticisms of Evans, their clothes really are badly designed tat and although I'm only 5'7" tall, so not a giant, they are always too short. I really struggle to find nice things as I am a size 24 so find most places don't go up to my size and, if they do, it's at the limits of their size range so the garments have just been made wider and not designed to lie right on a bigger person IYSWIM.

It's all very well though criticising plus size companies when you can comfortably fit into the top end of clothes made for the mainstream market. I hate clothes feeling tight on me and am not comfortable in clingy stuff so Boden, etc is no use.

I cannot understand why no company has seized this gap in the market.

All my weight is on my hips and bum. I have baggy arms but that's due to muscle wasting rather than actual fat, it's all skin there so I tend to cover my arms with nice cardis and the like. Everyone deserves to look nice, no matter whether if they're big or small.

HilaryM Sun 24-Mar-13 17:00:45

I get a lot from Laura Ashley. They're good if you have an hourglass figure and they go up to 22 in most things. Also yy to Boden.

I wouldn't dream of buying something in Evans. It's tat.

HotCrossNaanAndRessurectiOn Sun 24-Mar-13 18:14:35

Despite it being nearly a decade, I really, really miss Etam Plus. Their clothes were always a good fit and weren't big and baggy like Evans. I still am pissed off with Phillip Green for closing them down, the bastard.

HollyBollyBooBoo Sun 24-Mar-13 18:30:47

Can you help with the sizes for Igigi - a UK 18 would buy and American what???

MrsSchadenfreude Sun 24-Mar-13 18:58:07

Timidviper - can I recommend Land's End plus range? It can be a bit frumpy, but you can find the occasional gem there, and it's good for basics, such as long sleeved T shirts, cardigans etc. They have some wrap dresses on there at the moment that look like they might be quite good, and a big plus (groan!) is that a lot of their plus stuff goes into the "outlet" bit of the site with really big reductions. I got a black cotton cardigan (OK, dull, but useful for work) for £7 in the sale. They usually have a good range of colours as well. It's worth a look. And at least most of it is natural fibres!

polyhymnia Sun 24-Mar-13 19:13:25

Usually US sizes are 2 down from UK ones, eg, a UK 22 would be a US 18.

MrsHeggulePoirot Sun 24-Mar-13 19:20:16

Northern and others, you have inspired me to make more of an effort. I think I hate my body most of the time and hide in black - and your post made my cry a bit when I realised this sad. I have one more week of school, I am going to mass order online, try and send back until I find some things for me. I am going to try colours and all different styles! I am going back after the Easter holidays with a new wardrobe and confidence in being me....

MrsSlocombesPussy Sun 24-Mar-13 19:30:54

I like the John Rocha stuff in Debenhams, I've managed to find some pretty tops in his range.

polyhymnia Sun 24-Mar-13 19:31:59

Good for you, go for it. I'm sure you'll find some good things - it just takes more effort!

canutesauntie Sun 24-Mar-13 19:43:53

I like this thread! Would never have thought of Boden, they look short & tiny, will have to try them. Ann Harvey used to be a good source of work trousers but there are are hardly any on the website. stopped buying their tops & jackets a while ago as they'd become frump city.
MrsSchadenfreude - I like Lands End too, please dont encourage anyone else to buy from their outlet stock! Realised yesterday I was wearing Lands End trousers, vest , fleece, coat and gloves... their coats are excellent.
Box2 have some stuff you can wear for work.
Pet peeve in larger sizes is when manufacturers dont alter the size or length of the arms. I'm also a bit tired of the waterfall front too.

DolomitesDonkey Sun 24-Mar-13 20:46:36

hotcross I live in the EU where we still have Miss Etam - the jeans are amazing - they fit pear-shapes. The rest I'm afraid has descended in to shapeless tat - or maybe it's just country specific - the Dutch tend to be quite tall and small chested and they like layering, so it's just not me. I loved Miss Etam and used to come over on the Eurostar and buy all of Marble Arch branch! grin

John Rocha is great for hourglasses and big arses.

timidviper Sun 24-Mar-13 22:35:57

I love Box2 in the pictures but I am not as tall and willowy as their model and look like a box myself in their clothes, I need some shape to clothes and theirs are drapey rather than tailored IYSWIM. I look like Sponge Bob Squarepants big sister grin

polyhymnia Sun 24-Mar-13 23:02:54

Box 2 are very definitely not for me. I'm a tall hourglass and must have some definition in my clothes . Theirs are baggy and shapeless - I know they'd make me look even bigger

EMUZ Sun 24-Mar-13 23:39:17

I also got an amazing peplum (bear with me!) dress from Dorothy Perkins. V neck, tiny sleeves that covered the worst bits, fitted a full bra under. V tiny peplum that just balanced my boobs out a bit. £17 shock
I went back and got every other colour blush

You go for it MrsHeggle smile I'm sorry you cried though. Sometimes we just need to be told what we're worth don't we? For me, it was my lovely dh who ordered me two Boden tops saying I deserved something nice. I said 'noooo, they won't fit...' but they did and there was no stopping me then grin

DolomitesDonkey Mon 25-Mar-13 09:46:04

I would say beware of the "2 sizes" thing with US clothing - it may have been that way 10 years ago but the UK-style vanity sizing has gone bonkers and I'd suggest going down just 1 size.

Ok I went clothes shopping thanks to you lot. I got three pairs of trousers and tops and two pairs of shoes. I only ventured to my local debrnhams and got John Rocha stuff - but it is a start! Thank you! It will be nice not o wear black and grey all summer at work!!!

HarderToKidnap Fri 05-Apr-13 11:48:23

Been reading with interest - I'm a good 16 top and a small 18 on bottom. Been trying to rejig my wardrobe recently so that I have less stuff "just cos it fits" and more stuff I actually like!

Recent fantastic buys...

http://www.whitestuff.com/easy-peasy-dress-prod405388_dk_hudson/ with a white jersey boyfriend cardy from new look on top

http://www.whitestuff.com/wide-leg-bakota-trouser-prod405307_navy/ flattering

Their sorrell jeans are also really relaxed fit, good rolled up

http://www.uniqlo.com/uk/store/goods/077573 lovely loose flattering fit, very cool, over a vest top can be worn with everything, will be my go-to this summer with linen trousers, crops, rolled up jeans

Gap Curvy jeans are great for my shape, I have ENORMOUS thighs.

http://uk.monsoon.co.uk/view/product/uk_catalog/mon_1,mon_1.2/3531736108 this has been so flattering too, it's some sort of optical illusion thing but I have a tiny waist, nice boobs and gently flared hips in this!

Does anyone have good tips for some gentle tummy control knickers? I have the full on tit to knee Spanks which are good but can't wear every day, but I just look better with some gentle firm tummy control. Going on holiday soon and want something for under maxis and skirts in the evening.

HarderToKidnap Fri 05-Apr-13 11:48:59

Sorry, with working links!

Been reading with interest - I'm a good 16 top and a small 18 on bottom. Been trying to rejig my wardrobe recently so that I have less stuff "just cos it fits" and more stuff I actually like!

Recent fantastic buys...

www.whitestuff.com/easy-peasy-dress-prod405388_dk_hudson/ with a white jersey boyfriend cardy from new look on top

www.whitestuff.com/wide-leg-bakota-trouser-prod405307_navy/ flattering

Their sorrell jeans are also really relaxed fit, good rolled up

www.uniqlo.com/uk/store/goods/077573 lovely loose flattering fit, very cool, over a vest top can be worn with everything, will be my go-to this summer with linen trousers, crops, rolled up jeans

Gap Curvy jeans are great for my shape, I have ENORMOUS thighs.

uk.monsoon.co.uk/view/product/uk_catalog/mon_1,mon_1.2/3531736108 this has been so flattering too, it's some sort of optical illusion thing but I have a tiny waist, nice boobs and gently flared hips in this!

Does anyone have good tips for some gentle tummy control knickers? I have the full on tit to knee Spanks which are good but can't wear every day, but I just look better with some gentle firm tummy control. Going on holiday soon and want something for under maxis and skirts in the evening.

waves at timidviper with you girl - we have to shop carefully!

Dolomitesdonkey - where in EU? Belgium has Paprika - a mix of OMG crap and some lovely stuff which I nurture and look after well to keep it looking luffly.

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