No more tunics.
We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to reccomend the best plus-size shops in the UK. Here’s what they said:
1. ASOS Curve
“Asos Curve has a bit of everything. They don’t tell you what you can’t wear but instead offer you a selection of everything. Perfection.” – rebeccaindiana
“Definitely Asos Curve! They have a huge range of clothes which are super nice and not too expensive. They use a range of models which is great especially when most (including New Look and Dorothy Perkins) only use typical model sizes, even when they’re catering for a wide range. It’s reassuring, useful and also novel (!) to see clothes being modelled plus-size.” – Beth Cooper on Facebook
P.S. Here are some tips to save money when shopping at ASOS
“New Look is good for dresses and jeans, for a size 16 like myself. I have recently bought a pair of New Look’s Super Skinny jeans in size 16 (leg length = 30 inches), and they fit like a glove. They’re perfect. I definitely recommend New Look for dresses and jeans for plus-size women. My experience has always been good with their clothes.” – Sophie Stephenson on Facebook
“I love the New Look Inspire range – fantastic for dresses, and not too expensive either (perfect for students like me).” – Frances McGinn on Facebook
“I love Dorothy Perkins! They do the cutest day dresses that I wear to work. They fit my bust perfectly without it looking baggy around my waist! – Kymberley “Kraz” Jamieson on Facebook
“Asos Curve and Dorothy Perkins are my go-tos usually” – hollyh32
“I’ve found recently that Boohoo’s basics range is good for skirts, true to size, and nice material.” – Sophie Stephenson on Facebook
“Boohoo have a really great plus size range from 16–24 with really gorgeous items – no godforsaken ‘tunics’ every woman over a size 12 seems to be affronted with to be seen!” – Sephra Greening-Jackson on Facebook
6. Forever 21
Sizes: 18–24 (on the UK site it’s listed as US sizes, which is a bit fiddly, but there’s a sizing chart with measurements which makes things clearer)
Average price: Dresses from £12, shirts from £12, trousers from £15
“Forever 21 has a great plus-size section! Great jackets that actually fit and jeans that feel comfortable.” – Rebecca Roberts on Facebook
“Definitely Yours. I can just about shop in Dorothy Perkins now, being a size 22, but back when I was a size 32 Yours was my only option for something affordable that I didn’t hate wearing” – turtlewexler
“Yours Clothing is where 90% of my clothes come from. Comfy yet stylish, goes up to size 36 in some lines and affordable. They have shops and a website (and had David Hasselhoff’s daughter as their model for a while!).” – invisiblemousse
8. Bon Prix
10. Simply Be
(It’s worth noting that Simply Be has a “Love the Price” range which is cheaper than the main range, where dresses are around £50/60)
“I don’t know if they count for high street but I have a couple Simply Be dresses I really like (but they’re too expensive for me in general).” – Frances McGinn on Facebook
“Simply Be has some good bits from time to time but the new ranges seem to be coming in smaller and smaller sizes and their interest rates are astronomical!” – claireh4f8f7bc58
11. Violeta by Mango
“H&M’s plus size range on their site is good for tops, dresses, and skirts but the trousers/jeans are VERY unforgiving and make you go up a fair few sizes. I’m a size UK18 and not even the size 28 at times fits properly. Rude.” – Mish Smash on Facebook
If you can’t get to the East End Thrift Shop, then Rokit is not bad for online vintage, although you’ll have to get your tape measure out.
All measurements are listed on the items’ pages, and returns are very straightforward.
If you need further proof, Fabulously Fat Fashion has plenty of Primark inspo posts.
“Primark’s basic T-shirt ranges are good, especially the stretch tops, true to size, and usually a lot of stretch is left in them as well.” – Sophie Stephenson on Facebook