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Quality "Plus Size" clothes that won't make me look like I'm wearing a marquee?

(18 Posts)
TeamEdward Sun 01-Nov-09 22:38:14

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Ronaldinhio Sun 01-Nov-09 22:43:15

there used to be a lady on here called twinsetandpearls who apparently had a lot of info on such matters so it might be worth a search?

Are you long of leg?
Do you have a waist?
Decent bra?? Honestly??
How much money do you want to spend
Lifestyle to clothe?

Not much there...

TeamEdward Sun 01-Nov-09 22:56:24

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Ronaldinhio Sun 01-Nov-09 23:07:51

colours you favour?

The thing is your norks are a fair bit bigger than the rest of you wear a minimizer?

Anyway I'll have a think

accessorizequeen Sun 01-Nov-09 23:08:29

I'm kind of the same (16 trouser, 18/20 on top) and have a lot of a tummy. I've recently bought stuff from M&S (lovely floaty top), FatFace (cords) and Boden (cardies mainly, I find the v-neck ones are a wonderful shape).

Basically tight on the bottom & loose on top with perhaps more fitted cardie over top of that most of the time. Bootcut jeans with floaty top seems to work well, covers the tummy. IV-neck/open neck seems much better than anything else for minimising the boobs. A decent bra really makes a difference to the shape. All 3 shops go up to 18, I think Boden up to 20 for most things and M&S prob do size 22 as well although I find them quite generous anyway. Monsoon also do lots & lots of lovely clothes up to 20/22 although it's pick and mix sometimes with the tops (if you can get to a shop so much the better). And of course Next have huuuuuuge range of clothes, never found their tops great for large norks but excellent for buying loads of stuff & returning it if it doesn't suit at no cost to you.

accessorizequeen Sun 01-Nov-09 23:10:05

Should have said that size 16 is definitely not plus size for nearly all high st shops these days, you could look nearly anywhere for trousers/skirts.

TeamEdward Sun 01-Nov-09 23:12:35

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Ronaldinhio Sun 01-Nov-09 23:27:10

woman in my work has this and it looks nice on
this with leggings and fine long sleeve tshirt or more dressed up for work?
dead easy for work?
great white shirt
love this in or out of work
wrap top?
everyone cardigan

is this the sort of stuff you mean or more funky or what?
I think for work three decent suits and go from there.. grey, black navy or really decent separates

You'd probably do well in a jacket as you might need structure with your enviable norks

Ronaldinhio Sun 01-Nov-09 23:39:31


sorry there is just loads and loads about and I don't know if you like to be defined at the waist or would rather the sort of carrot shape that everyone seems to wear now...

TeamEdward Sun 01-Nov-09 23:51:17

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Ronaldinhio Mon 02-Nov-09 00:12:34

ok, sorry I was a country mile away from your profession and mine!!

I'll keep my eyes peeled...

I'm not the best for colour though tbh so you might need someone other than me as I'm a bit of a navy grey neutrals black sludge with accesories type

naomi83 Mon 02-Nov-09 07:30:42

is it worth trying on something like this in an 18 super curvy? they tend to make room in their dresses for boobs and then you can wear closer to your natural size?

bonkerz Mon 02-Nov-09 07:53:50


fab sizing! i fit in size 22 tops from here and am a 32 in evans!

browntrout Mon 02-Nov-09 15:34:41

You are really not that big (especially if you've big boobs) so my advice to you would actually be to avoid specialist plus size clothes shops/sites as I dont think they are often cut in a very flattering way.

Loads of high street shops now do up to a 22 for tops (Monsoon, M&S, Next etc) and everywhere does a 16 in bottoms. Even if you need to go up a size they will probably be better cut and so look more attractive.

For stretchy tops you can get into a smaller size sometimes from places like Linea, Gap, and Fat Face.

Dont forget to try supermarkets (Sainsburys and Tesco in particular) and if you've gots lots of money or for a special occasion you could try bonaparte

brimfull Mon 02-Nov-09 17:51:35

love that bonaparte site !

ipodtherforipoor Mon 02-Nov-09 18:53:56

Bonkerz - I'm so glad its not just me that happens to!! The market dominating high street shop has the most unreliable sizing - I have everything from a 22 to a 32 from evans and some of the 32's are too tight and some if the 22's are too big, cant work it out!

TeamEdward Mon 02-Nov-09 21:27:30

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Ronaldinhio Mon 02-Nov-09 21:35:36

when I was a fattypie all the clothes from Evans were truly disgusting
The other thing they do is ramp down their sizing to make you think that you can only buy clothing from their god awful shop

If you compare the measurements on Evans clothing to many highstreet chains a size 22 there is the equivalent to a 18 elsewhere
It is their way of reinforcing that you are plus size.

dire fabrics

awful awful awful

The money spinning side to me sees a massive market for trend conscious women over a size 14.
A COS or Reiss or Zara for 14-40...I figure it would make a fortune

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