Vintage Glamour: The perfect fit
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.
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.