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    • By terra_ferma 4th Oct 09, 8:01 PM
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    Large Plus Size Clothing 4th Oct 09 at 8:01 PM
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    I thought it would be good to start a thread sharing tips on plus size clothes shopping.

    Below I share my Bookmarks, don't use all of them but thought other women may be interested in having a look at these websites. They all go up to at least size 28.

    Ann Harvey:
    love them, they are smart, very good quality. Do a lot of sales, so prices are more reasonable. Not cheap, but they will last. They use a lot of viscose, which I love. Some silk and linen, obviously more expensive.
    Sold at Debenhams as well: http://www.debenhams.com/ann-harvey

    Evans: I stay away from them, as I find them not very good value for money. Also everybody wears their stuff so you will find other large ladies wearing the same clothes. Lots of man-made fabric.

    M&S: Another one I don’t use much. Not clear where they are going, as they keep changing their strategy, sometimes they have a separate, sad looking section for sizes up to 28 (next to the old ladies section....) other times they have a few larger sizes scattered in the shop which are impossible to find!
    And on line you can search for petite, maternity etc, but no longer for plus sizes!
    However they do many lines up to size 24, lots of nice stuff in my opinion, but very little that I like above that. What a pity!

    Simply Be: they are part of the JD Williams group, they have other brands like Marisota, Naturally Close (lingerie), Viva La Diva (large fit shes) and Jacamo (for men). You can access all of them (23 just for fashion, shoes, lingerie etc), including two discount websites at: HomeShoppingDirect.
    Sizing and quality are a bit unreliable, but they have an excellent return policy excellent, so you easily send back what you don't want (free postage), and pay only for what you keep.

    yours Yours’ fashionable collection is specially designed for women up to size 32.
    Yours Clothing seems to be one of the few companies that caters for the younger 28+ market, and they are very popular despite their appalling quality (sorry I know many people disagree, but IMO really bad value for money if you pay full price).

    ULLA POPKEN : good quality, classic fashion from Germany. Very expensive, probably not the best value for money.

    Curvety.com Online shopping emporium for women with fuller figures who don’t wish to compromise on their style. Our plus size womens clothing and lingerie features designer chic and a comfortable fit, offering women out size fashion clothes that celebrate our curves!

    Box2: unusual clothes I bought some interesting items from them.

    Next - Plus Sizes – Personally I don’t like their quality, poor value for money, but offers trendy clothes.

    Chesca: gorgeous clothes, fit up to size 28 (they only go up to size 24, but some stuff fits size 28 generously).

    Matalan Online: much improved quality and styles, very good value for money.


    The following website are for your information, but I have never used them so I can’t comment on them:


    M&Co. - Locate your nearest store, shop on-line or call 0800 0317 200 for high quality fashion for ladies, men, kids and your home. Next day delivery and free returns.

    Empire Stores/Littlewood/Additions: - so fabulous range
    The also have an outlet on eBay: http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Littlewoods-Clearance__W0QQ_nkwZplusQQ_dmdZ2QQ_sasiZ1QQ_sopZ1

    La Redoute: Plus-size La Redoute specialist in French Fashion designer clothes at great prices like womenswear, menswear, childrenswear from La Redoute Home Shopping Catalogue UK. Daxon: (la Redoute 50+) Daxon French Fashion designer clothes at great prices womenswear, menswear, childrenswear, sportswear and homeware.
    Please be warned that their reliability and customer service are not very good, they are known to take ages to deliver, and are difficult to get hold of by phone or email.

    sosienna Large range of Fashionable Womens Plus Size Clothing from top designers such as Anna Scholz

    Kanopy NOW CLOSED

    Anna Scholz Anna Scholz online shop offers plus size women’s clothing in sizes 12 - 28. Buy designer dresses, tops, knitwear, coats, jackets, skirts & accessories

    FLORENTYNA DOWN Mother of the bride stock larger sizes in ladies special occasion wear and evening wear. Florentyna Dawn - UK's leading fashion house. We also cater for larger sizes and plus sizes.



    DIRECTORIES, BLOGS, NEWS AND MAGAZINES:

    Plus Size Clothing - search clothes from evans, simply be etc. Plus Size clothing with the latest plus size fashion from Evans, Yours, Ann Harvey and Curvety, including plus size dresses, tops, swimwear and lots more.

    www.plussizedirectory.com

    Plus Size Clothing (From USA). Above average? Look great at any size with our shopping links to plus size clothing stores. Find a new world of fashion choices online

    http://www.justasbeautiful.com/
    Just As Beautiful Magazine is “the UK’s first free lifestyle magazine dedicated to the plus-size woman”. It is also the number one magazine in Britain and Europe catering to the plus-size market.
    PS: I've just stopped my subscription because they have been promoting plus size models that are slim women size 12. What???

    US Fully figured fashion week
    http://www.fffweek.com/la.php
    Here’s an article about it on the Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-st...w-2007313.html

    US news and blogs
    http://plussize.lovetoknow.com/Main_Page


    UK EBAY SHOPS

    In both cases really nice clothes, different from the usual high street. Some, but not many, up to size 28/30. They don’t let you shop by size, so you have to look at all the lovely things you CAN’T buy before finding what comes in your size.
    More importantly if you buy something that doesn’t fit you may not get all of your money back, as these shops have terms and conditions that don’t to comply with the Distance Selling Regulations.

    Plus Size Heaven
    http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Plus-Size-Heaven

    Pretty Big Stuff
    http://stores.ebay.co.uk/PRETTY-BIG-STUFF


    WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BY OTHER MSE MEMBERS:

    (I'm saving them all in one place, easier to find).

    Tenuissent:
    http://www.elvi.co.uk/ (NOW UP TO SIZE 28 - LOOK OUT FOR THE GREAT SALES!)

    Chocmonster7:
    Lands End http://www.landsend.co.uk/ have a Plus size collection. I've always found their stuff very good and they have a clearance section worth keeping an eye on.

    Salduck and Maevejuniper:
    New Look (inspire range, up to size 26)

    Rainbow Fury and Goodcake:
    Spirito D'Artigiano: (up to 28)

    Olive Oli:
    Bonprix: (up to size 30)
    Personally have found Bon Prix mail order to be really quite good, very reasonably priced, quality can be a bit mixed, but do do some sizes up to size 30. Can really recommend the bras as some have the wider comfy straps and aren't granny style, and very good value

    Minxwolf:
    USA sites. There are a few that will ship direct..
    For young fashion torrid
    for good prices and plus size maternity j.c pennys
    for jeans old navy

    Australia: for evening wear sidneys.closet

    Mum2one:
    great summer dresses from a company in America, off ebay: Holyclothing. Some are Gothic inspired.

    Anniestar:
    Fantastic dresses. The new season stuff looks really nice. They go from size 12 to 34.
    http://www.rpeal.co.uk/
    beware: customer service issues reported, more feedback welcome (terra_ferma)

    lellywelly:
    http://www.shop.feminineplus.com/
    Feminine Plus offers great quality lingerie, that not only looks fabulous and feels wonderful, but provides an exceptional fit, whatever the size.


    MATERNITY
    Earthmother:
    http://www.room42maternity.co.uk/
    http://www.newnow.co.uk (part of the JD Williams group)


    BRIDAL
    Curvety.com: ready made (up to size 36) and made to measure
    http://www.plussizebridal.co.uk/index.html

    Cte111:
    USA sites
    I think this one is gorgeous and quite cheap:
    http://www.nexteve.com/shop/evening-...-F01_0014.html
    Shipping at this store is only $28 so quite reasonable too.

    Here's another lovely one:
    http://www.therosedress.com/shop/pro...52&vendorid=MQ

    Minerva69:
    I found this site that does bridesmaid dresses up to a size 28: http://www.bridesmaidsdirect.co.uk/default.asp They also have a wedding dress site where they do made-to-measure and don't charge extra for larger sizes: http://www.denisebyrd.com/default.asp

    My sister found a site called Landy Bridal who are based in China, there's a long thread about them on the Weddings board http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/...html?t=1230785 I think we'll be getting my bridesmaid dress from here as they have lots that I like, including ones with sleeves They seem very reasonably priced aswell.

    tynegirl
    http://www.cuteandcurvybrides.co.uk/oscommerce/


    WIDE SHOES
    NatFeerick
    http://www.jileon.com/home.html
    For extra-wide calf Wellington Boots try www.jileon.com They aren't cheap but they are excellent quality and if like me you generally have trouble manoevering your foot into boots you will not have a problem with these. They were also very obliging when I ordered the wrong size and had to exchange them.

    FOR MEN
    http://www.bigmatts.com/index.html
    JACAMO and NewNow (younger market), both part of JD William.
    Sizedwell
    http://www.bigformen.com/
    http://uk.rochesterclothing.eu/
    http://www.suitsmen.co.uk/
    http://www.bigaclothing.co.uk/
    http://www.highandmighty.co.uk/
    http://www.chums.co.uk/





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    Last edited by MSE Andrea; 19-04-2011 at 6:32 PM.
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    • bergebabe
    • By bergebabe 3rd Jul 17, 12:08 PM
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    Closing down sale - silly prices
    Hiya

    ac loves sale


    This plus size clothing shop has some really nice bits in their sale.

    The prices are brilliant and sizes are up to a 36.
    Last edited by bergebabe; 18-10-2017 at 8:20 PM.
    • yorkie cook
    • By yorkie cook 13th Aug 17, 9:15 PM
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    Asos
    as a younger plus size person, I have just discovered ASOS do plus size, they have some really nice items in their sale, I needed a dress for a wedding & picked up a beautiful navy dress reduced from 70 to 20.


    There are also lots of items that are definately not my taste but we can't all like everything.


    Also free postage which was a bonus
    • newleaf
    • By newleaf 31st Mar 18, 11:24 AM
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    Lands End have 25% off everything - including sale items - over Easter.
    Enter code HOPPY25 at checkout.
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    • SoSilver9
    • By SoSilver9 17th Jul 18, 6:55 AM
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    Why is so much plus size clothing in polyester and other manmade fibers?
    Does anyone know a shop that has 100% cotton and silks in plus sizes?
    Last edited by SoSilver9; 17-07-2018 at 7:01 AM.
    • newleaf
    • By newleaf 21st Jul 18, 5:17 PM
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    Why is so much plus size clothing in polyester and other manmade fibers?
    Does anyone know a shop that has 100% cotton and silks in plus sizes?
    Originally posted by SoSilver9
    https://www.box2.co.uk have nice stuff, but it's not cheap.
    They have a sale on at the moment though.
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    • hjd
    • By hjd 21st Jul 18, 6:37 PM
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    Why is so much plus size clothing in polyester and other manmade fibers?
    Does anyone know a shop that has 100% cotton and silks in plus sizes?
    Originally posted by SoSilver9
    Seasalt now go up to size 26 in some of their stuff in pure cotton.
    • Snuggles
    • By Snuggles 27th Aug 18, 11:02 AM
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    Has anyone ordered from Ulla Popken? I came across their website thanks to the initial post on this thread and really like the look of a lot of their clothes. I've lately been struggling to find anything I want in the likes of Evans, Yours, Simply Be etc, so am really keen to order from Ulla Popken. However they are expensive and you have to pay for returns.

    So for anyone who has ordered from them, is the quality worth the price? And what is their sizing like? Looking at their size chart, and comparing it to Evans size chart, for example, it looks as though I should order a size or two bigger from Ulla Popken than I would normally order. Can anyone confirm if that sounds about right (ie that their sizing is small)?

    Would really appreciate any tips before I take the plunge and order from them.
    • hjd
    • By hjd 27th Aug 18, 12:08 PM
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    Has anyone ordered from Ulla Popken? I came across their website thanks to the initial post on this thread and really like the look of a lot of their clothes. I've lately been struggling to find anything I want in the likes of Evans, Yours, Simply Be etc, so am really keen to order from Ulla Popken. However they are expensive and you have to pay for returns.

    So for anyone who has ordered from them, is the quality worth the price? And what is their sizing like? Looking at their size chart, and comparing it to Evans size chart, for example, it looks as though I should order a size or two bigger from Ulla Popken than I would normally order. Can anyone confirm if that sounds about right (ie that their sizing is small)?

    Would really appreciate any tips before I take the plunge and order from them.
    Originally posted by Snuggles
    I don't think their sizing is very small - can't compare to Evans as it's a long time since they have had anything there I would want to buy! I would probably size down one size in UP, but a lot is dual sizing and it does depend whether you like your clothes looser or fitted. I tend to buy T shirts there and I don't like them tight. Their clothes are often a bit longer than those of the competition; at 5'8" that's fine for me! Personally I wouldn't order a bigger size but others may disagree.

    I do like the fact that there are a lot of tops in cotton and not all in polyester.
    • Snuggles
    • By Snuggles 27th Aug 18, 12:59 PM
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    I don't think their sizing is very small - can't compare to Evans as it's a long time since they have had anything there I would want to buy! I would probably size down one size in UP, but a lot is dual sizing and it does depend whether you like your clothes looser or fitted. I tend to buy T shirts there and I don't like them tight. Their clothes are often a bit longer than those of the competition; at 5'8" that's fine for me! Personally I wouldn't order a bigger size but others may disagree.

    I do like the fact that there are a lot of tops in cotton and not all in polyester.
    Originally posted by hjd
    Thank you, that's really helpful! I wonder if the UP size guide is a bit off. I'm normally a size 24 for trousers and my waist measurement matches the Evans size guide for a size 24, however according to the UP size guide, my waist measurement is a size 28, so I was confused about what size to order.

    I know what you mean about there being nothing in Evans you'd want to buy - I'm finding that with all the plus size retailers at the moment. I'm in my mid forties, and I don't want old fashioned shapeless clothes, but I also don't want to look like mutton dressed as lamb. I have been trying to find a decent pair of jeans for ages, but it's almost impossible to find any that aren't skinny jeans or jeggings. All power to anyone who doesn't mind wearing skin tight denim around their chunky thighs, but it's really not a look for me! I also struggle with leg length for trousers as I need at least a 32inch inside leg, and I was pleased to see that UP do a variety of lengths.

    I guess I'll just have to take the plunge and order a couple of things to see how the sizing is.
    • hjd
    • By hjd 27th Aug 18, 7:26 PM
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    I don't wear trousers so can't comment on jeans, but have you tried Witt International? https://www.witt-international.co.uk/womens/_/N-1cZ19?Ntt=jeans&searchType=FullText&cs_ev=navigati on-_-leftnav-_-Department-_-Womens&refined=leftnav

    Plenty of jeans there, regular 31" and long 33".
    However, doesn't look as if long length is available above a size 22. Sorry!
    Last edited by hjd; 27-08-2018 at 7:32 PM.
    • MysteryMe
    • By MysteryMe 6th Sep 18, 9:30 PM
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    I think when it comes to sizing go by the measurements and not size 24 etc

    Different designers have different sizing so one designers size 24 is a 28 elsewhere
    • hjd
    • By hjd 6th Sep 18, 9:45 PM
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    hjd
    Lands End seem to have lots of jeans and their plus size generally goes up to 32" inside leg.
    • HannahSays
    • By HannahSays 14th Sep 18, 12:27 PM
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    I do find it difficult to get mine exact size, I keep a keen eye on Wear Glam to get my size shirts on a discounted rate.
    • Snuggles
    • By Snuggles 23rd Sep 18, 12:15 AM
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    Just thought I would come back and update. I ordered some jeans from Ulla Popken. I did as MysteryMe suggested and went by the size guide on the website rather than ordering my usual size. This meant the jeans I ordered were a size 28, not my usual size 24. However, they are perfect! Much more expensive than the New Look jeans I used to always buy, but worth every penny. Great quality, super comfy, just the right length, and the best fitting pair of jeans I've ever owned (no gaping at the back of the waist). So pleased with them!
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