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I like Cos too, and am your kind of shape but shorter. I think the key is to choose carefully. I really rate their trousers -- have two pairs of side zip flat front slim leg trousers (side zip = sooo flattering), and a pair of crepe wide legs, plus some fine-knit merino knitwear and a drapey top.
I tend to stay away from their skirts and anything boxy made out of crisp fabric, and anything shift-dress shaped. Mind you, I have an acid yellow dress from cos that is all the wrong shape for me, but which I bought because I love the colour and it was only fifteen pounds, and wear it with a wide elastic belt and a lavender cardigan.
I think their clothes can work on us shapely women, but you have to ignore the pictures of the coat-hanger-y models and the way they are styled.
I find Cos difficult too - have to go to the shop and try things on - even stuff you think won't suit at first glance. I have big hips and thighs and some things that look like they would be quite clingy are surprisingly flattering. Go on a day when you feel good about yourself! I have left the shop feeling dreadful when I try on several things and none suit!
I had given up looking at anything but the jewellery (which is fab) but have had a good run recently and bought a jumper and some trousers, both of which are absolutely perfect - classics with an edge, I guess they'd be described as and I am v pleased. I plan to go back v soon and try on some of the stranger and more shapeless stuff, just to see if anything magical happens!
Yes, you definitely have to go in. I too have sizings in all different things from there. Most of my work stuff is from there; simple but with a little twist. I tend to size up for the trousers. My black work ones are from there and I'm normally a 12 but these are a 14. I have shirts in 12s to 14s too.
Although the assistants all look like aloof art students at ours they were actually very sweet and helpful. There was a woman in the changing room next to me with a very 'helpful' toddler buying her 'back to work' wardrobe and they amused said LO for quite a while for her while she grappled with the unpredictable sizings too.
I agree that the accessories are fab. I buy scarves from there regularly (my most recent a very bright orange one) and I'm always being asked where I've bought them. Had a acidy yellow woollen one last winter too that's showing its age now but only as I wore it practically every day.
This is music to my ears I'm 5'7 and a size 15(if it existed) j bought a ton of size 16 from cos and the lot went back I'm hourglass too(ok waist slightly too thick) and the dresses were too big on top and tight on bottom so they're made for triangles!!