Saturday 10 December 2016

Vintage Glamour: The perfect fit

Published 15/11/2011 | 06:00

Polka-dot
dress, €205, Coast;
silk scarf, €55, Ted
Baker; diamanté
and gold ring, €18,
Monsoon; bangle,
stylist’s own
Polka-dot dress, €205, Coast; silk scarf, €55, Ted Baker; diamanté and gold ring, €18, Monsoon; bangle, stylist’s own
Floral-print dress, €175, Reiss; pearl bib necklace, €47, and diamanté claw ring, €13.50, both River Island; cerise wool coat, €650, DKNY at BT Dublin; cerise patent handbag, €165, Ted Baker
Felt hat with satin-ribbon detail, €60, Ted Baker; cream dress with tan skirt, €375, by Raoul at BTs; leather gloves with faux-fur trim, €37.50, River Island
Beige knit cardigan, €85, Coast; silk top with beaded detail, €195, Bastyan at BT; beige pencil skirt, €105, Coast; gold-andorange ring with diamanté detail, €13.50, River Island
Red contour dress with belt, €220, Reiss; pearl bib necklace with diamanté heart detail, €47, and diamanté claw ring, €13.50, both River Island
Orange mid-length dress, €140, Coast; silk, print scarf, €55, Ted Baker; gold diamanté spider ring worn as brooch, €17.50, River Island; pearl bracelet with pink flower detail, €4, Dunnes Stores; black-patent leather belt, €95, LK Bennett

The high street is cutting its cloth to suit all kinds of customer. The availability of different sizes is growing, stretching beyond the usual cut-off point of size 16.

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It makes total sense because, while the high-street stores may promote and advertise their fashion on size 8-10 models, the first sizes to sell out are usually 12-14 or 14-16.

Ironically, you will find the tiny ones on the rails at sale time.

Fran & Jane has a diverse collection of daywear and occasion-wear running from size 8-18. River Island also sells its range up to an 18, while Next goes a step further and offers some designs in a 20 or 22.

Principles by Ben de Lisi, Star by Julien Macdonald and Betty Jackson.Black are all trend-driven ranges at Debenhams which run to a size 20. John Rocha's diffusion range for the store goes up to size 22, and Debenham's own brand Gorgeous -- available exclusively online -- comes in sizes 16-26.

Reiss goes up to a size 14; high-street favourite Coast -- a go-to destination for occasion-wear -- runs to size 18, and the keenly priced F&F range at Tesco runs from 8-22, as does Monsoon.

At M&S, the Plus range of clothing is proportioned for the perfect fit, with seaming and styling altered to achieve a more flattering fit for sizes 20-28. The Per Una range at M&S goes up to size 22.

Marina Rinaldi is available in sizes 14-26 at Arnotts, and brands on the classic floor of the Henry Street store go up to an 18 in most styles, with Gerry Weber available up to a size 22.

Irish brand SimplyBe.ie, available online, offers home shopping for sizes 14-32, while Evans sells sizes 14-32.

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