'Knowing your body shape is key to shopping on the high street'
TV researcher and fashion blogger Kate Olohan from Meath says she has everything from size 10 to 16 hanging in her wardrobe.
"As a teenager, I hated shopping because I never knew if something would fit from shop to shop.
"Every girl has been there: standing in the fitting room, trying on a dress in your size, but knowing there is no way the zip is going to go up.
"For curvy girls especially, it can really damage your confidence.
"Now that I've learned which stores suit my shape -- and which to avoid -- I love shopping. Although I'm size 16, there is a variety of size 12, 14 and 16 clothes hanging in my wardrobe. There's even a size 10 top in there somewhere and, yes, they all fit!
"Knowing your body shape is key to shopping on the high street. I have an hourglass shape, so I always go for high-waisted skirts, skinny jeans and pencil dresses. River Island and Dunnes Stores are my favourites. Meanwhile, I avoid Bershka, Mango and Zara, which operate an S, M or L sizing system.
"If in doubt, I always bring a few sizes into the fitting room. It's better to be comfortable than to squeeze yourself into a smaller size you'll never wear.
"Plus-size mannequins are such a step forward in the fashion industry. It will make the average woman feel at ease while shopping rather than excluded.
"At the end of the day, though, dress size is only a number. If you find the perfect dress, it really doesn't matter what it says on the label."