Rosemary Mac Cabe

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Dressing – and buying – for your size

Us Irish people have long had a fraught relationship with Evans. While we’re willing to accept our average national size as being somewhere between 12 and 14, we continue (and I include myself in this “we”) to cross our fingers …

Tue, Feb 23, 2010, 11:48

   

Us Irish people have long had a fraught relationship with Evans. While we’re willing to accept our average national size as being somewhere between 12 and 14, we continue (and I include myself in this “we”) to cross our fingers for the day when Topshop, Miss Selfridge and Oasis will up their sizes. We refuse, meanwhile, to accept that there are shops that cater for larger sizes, and these are not shops for the “larger” lady, in the most basic sense of the phrase.

While Evans used to be the last resort of sorts, it now stocks fashion-forward, stylish and flattering pieces – and the logical way of looking at it is that Evans clothing is always going to be 200% better fitting on a size 14 than Topshop clothing is. Why? Because Evans makes their clothing based on a size 14 template, while Topshop’s is a size 8. Expand a size 8 up to 14 and you’re going to get a very different body shape to a regular size 14, which is what Evans works from. Seriously, give it a go. Need more reasons?

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Check out the large Evans on Henry Street, or here for locations countrywide.