Plus-size shopping: Where to shop
The high street, with its typical 8-18 offer, is now increasing its size portfolio as demand grows. While the dedicated plus-size ranges start at 14 and go all the way up to 32, the first sizes to sell out on the high street today are 14 and 16, so it makes financial sense not to alienate curvy women and to go up a few inches.
- A lot has been made of Marc Jacobs conversion to the voluptuous silhouette and bountiful bosoms, but Dolce & Gabbana manufacture up to a size 16, while Chanel and John Rocha for Debenhams cater for up to size 22.
- Star by Julien Macdonald, Black by Betty Jackson and Principles by Ben de Lisi are all available up to a size 20 at Debenhams, while Matthew Williamson's Butterfly diffusion range is available up to a size 18.
- Vintage clothes are notoriously small because our grannies' body shapes were tiny compared to ours, but German designer Anna Scholz has a strong vintage-themed offer on her website, annascholz.com. The range is available up to a UK size 28 and her diffusion collection on SimplyBe.ie is available up to a size 32.
- M&S does not have a dedicated plus-size range, but its Limited Collection is available up to size 18, Classic collection to size 20, Autograph and Per Una to size 22, and the Portfolio and Indigo collections go up to size 24.
- TV's curvy pin-up from 'This Morning', Holly Willoughby, has a collection of clothes and shoes for Littlewoods.ie that go up to a size 20 and size nine respectively.
- At Long Tall Sally, where tall is beautiful, they have introduced new sizing for autumn 2010, and online they supply up to size 24 in clothes and up to size 11 in shoes.
- If big feet are your bête noire, Clodagh at www.large-size-designer-shoes.ie, based in Dundalk, caters for up to a size 10; cinderellashoes.ie offers footwear up to a size 12.