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ImNotChangingMyUsernameAgain Mon 07-Sep-20 21:09:33

I've been offered a very senior and high profile position and need to upgrade my workwear as the suits I had made several years ago no longer fit and my standard wardrobe of Boden with the odd bit of LK Bennett and White Company isn't going to cut it.

I need luxurious fabrics and good tailoring in black, grey and navy (boring) but have no idea where to look for size 18/20. I like the look of The Fold and Ceffin but neither come in my size.

Can anyone point me in the right direction please?

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NotMeNoNo Mon 07-Sep-20 22:46:16

I would work out what sort of style you want, put together a lookbook and at to know a tailor or very good dressmaker. If its the level of role where men would be in bespoke suits, definitely. Part of looking polished is immaculate fit, as well as excellent style and quality, even in dresses and that's hard to get off the peg.

No knowledge of designer shopping, sorry!

NotMeNoNo Mon 07-Sep-20 22:47:34

Sorry I read about your made suits now. Any reason not to do the same again?

EarlofEggMcMuffin Mon 07-Sep-20 22:49:29

What about WinserLondon?
Like these?

Are you a dress and heels person, or a trousers and blouse person?
Or you want to have the options of both?

Could you afford to do a grab of lots of luxe basics at netaporter, and return what doesn't work?

Deux Mon 07-Sep-20 22:52:00

My friend of the same size buys a lot from Marina Rinaldi

crochetmonkey74 Tue 08-Sep-20 09:40:42

Me and Em has some excellent pieces- but you have to have the eye for what looks smart enough

Deathraystare Thu 10-Sep-20 17:01:28


Unless you omitted to say these clothes come up big, she asked for size 18/20 so me and em not for her.

ChequerBoard Thu 10-Sep-20 18:49:06

Have look at, I'm a size 18 and buy a lot of my workwear from there. Lots of premium plus size brands from across Europe, pricey but good quality stuff.

fairislecable Thu 10-Sep-20 19:34:12

I eagerly clicked on this thread looking for suggestions and it is very telling of the fashion industry that very few suppliers have been recommended.

mellicauli Thu 10-Sep-20 19:37:44

Beige is a good shop for plus sized business stuff

GrimDamnFanjo Fri 11-Sep-20 00:57:29

I recommend Navabi too. They often have cracking sales.

crochetmonkey74 Fri 11-Sep-20 08:45:36

Yes they do, I am a 20/22 and have some of their pieces

ImNotChangingMyUsernameAgain Tue 15-Sep-20 09:32:17

Thanks for all these suggestions.

I bought a beautiful jacket from Wisner London that I am thrilled with ( I returned 3 dresses as I'm just too big for them at the moment but I have a couple from 3 years ago so I know they can work.

I have also a bought the Boden pleated skirt in black and navy
( which I am pleased with. Both go with the jacket and I have also bought the Boden ponte trousers and jackets in black and navy ( so the whole lot coordinates and will tide me over.

I have added a mix of silk shirt, tie neck blouse and knitted vests into the mix.

Very slim pickings for my size. Now to lose 4 stone and I will be off to Gormley & Gamble for proper tailoring.

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EarlofEggMcMuffin Tue 15-Sep-20 13:45:00

Ooo I like that jacket- sufficient to make many things look better.
(and the coat version is gorgeous).

CeeceeBloomingdale Tue 15-Sep-20 13:47:36

M&S can do some gorgeous tailoring and fabrics and the benefit of a wide choice of sizes.

PersonaNonGarter Tue 15-Sep-20 15:32:12

If you are going into a very senior post with accompanying salary, then consider hiring a personal shopper who can help with this.

I think Chanel go up to quite generous sizes, but plenty of good tailors will be able to assist.

ClareGreenford Wed 16-Sep-20 15:48:04

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BestIsWest Wed 16-Sep-20 15:53:08

I have to drop Sa Green Re Navabi. I ordered dresses from Navabi, Ralph Lauren and John Lewis and returned them all the same day to the Post office and the Navabi dress was refunded quickest. I didn’t think that was bad given that it was returned to Germany.

BestIsWest Wed 16-Sep-20 15:53:31


MrsHuntGeneNotJeremyObviously Wed 16-Sep-20 16:10:54

That jacket is gorgeous

damnthatanxiety Wed 16-Sep-20 19:29:30


*crochetmonkey74 *

Unless you omitted to say these clothes come up big, she asked for size 18/20 so me and em not for her.

Meandem do come up enormous. Some things I have had to drop down 1.5 - 2 sizes. I am a big 12 but often wear a 10 in this brand. They go up to 16 OP so you may well find some of their 16s are more like 18/19s

damnthatanxiety Wed 16-Sep-20 19:35:23

Very slim pickings for my size. Now to lose 4 stone and I will be off to Gormley & Gamble for proper tailoring.

I had a look at G&G. Gorgeous and realistic prices for tailoring. Definitely a good plan!

veryveryquietly Thu 17-Sep-20 10:31:58

Navabi has excellent sales (for instance, they had 30% off all black clothing this weekend)and provides garment measurements so you can compare to items you already have and be pretty sure on fit. Fast delivery, fast & free returns. Their own brand has excellent serious workwear, nicely tailored and good materials.

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