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Where do fat people buy nice clothes?

(139 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?

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
Levi's curve
Simon Olivier (? German brand I think)
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


OneLittleLady Thu 21-Mar-13 16:54:04

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

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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 - - 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

Link working

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