IT'S THE WEEKEND: Shopping with Keiligh Baker - The long, short (and curvy ) of it.

IT'S THE WEEKEND: Shopping with Keiligh Baker - The long, short (and curvy ) of it.

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WHATEVER your height, dress or shoe size, you deserve to look as fashionable as the next person.

Being of above average height myself, and with my best friend being a a little bit taller than the average elf, I know the struggle to find nice clothes that actually fit is very real.

While for me tops , jackets and coats end a good few inches above my wrist, for her skinny jeans have to be rolled up around five times before she can see her feet.

With that in mind, this week’s column is looking at the best shops for petitie, plus-size and tall ladies everywhere.

From the highstreet to online, buying clothes that properly fit shouldn’t cost the earth. But until relatively recently, the curvy, the very tall and the very small had to buy from pricey specialist shops.

Traditionally, there has always been more of a focus on petite clothing rather than tall or plus size. But slowly, the High Street is catching up.

Now, buyers have cottoned on to the fact that not all women are exactly 5 foot 4 and a perfect size 10-12.

New Look online has a good selection of everyday basics and smarter wear in all three ranges, while I personally swear by the Tall section at Asos.

Topshop have an excellent and varied petite section, ranging in size from a teeny-tiny size 4 and 28” leg. Their tall section, while not as broad, is tailored to fit those ladies’ taller than 5’9 and covers everything from leggings and jeans to dresses and tops.

Asos’s small section goes down to a size 2 and is excellent value for money, in styles which are fashionable and on trend.

Other retailers who offer both tall and petite include Gap, Next , Very and Marks and Spencer.

Great plus size stockists include Evans, George at Asda, Matalan, Asos Curve and Simply Be.

Plus size website Curvissa.co.uk is home to a fantastic collection of quality plus size women’s fashion in sizes 14-32, offering exclusive ladies clothing and brands.

Taking a departure from the sad muumuus and sack like dresses curvy women have been offered in the past, Curvissa offers fashionable and stylish clothes at a decent price.

That includes everything from occasion and party wear items like evening dresses, boleros, blazers and accessories to casual wear including ladies’ jeans, tunics, t-shirts and jumpers.

Almost all of the shops above also sell plus sized lingerie and swimwear, while the rest stock a great variety of holidaywear in every shape and size imaginable.

1. Evans Collection Bright Multi Printed Jumpsuit £75

2. Simply Be Be Tropical Trousers £28

3. Simply Be Anna Scholz Lace Basque £40

4. Marisota Petite Patterned Dress £29

5. Long Tall Sally Mesh Shutter Dress £110

6. ASOS PETITE Peg Trousers £18

7. ASOS PETITE Exclusive Ruffle Sleeve Tie Back Floral Skater Dress £35

8. Topshop Tall Bandeau Jumpsuit £60

9. New Look Tall Black Crochet Hem Kimono £22.99

10. Debenhams The Collection Petite bright blue spotted chiffon dress £36

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10:24am Sun 22 Jun 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

One store not mentioned about is Peacocks. I think I do most of my clothes shopping in there. Relatively cheap, but pretty good quality durable stuff. I agree, finding women's trousers that fit properly is a nightmare - particularly with regard to getting the right length - although in recent years it seems that retailers are starting to wake up and putting length of trouser size on labels as well as width, which is handy. What I'd really like to do though is learn how to use a sewing machine and make alterations and adjustments to clothes since buying stuff off the peg is always a bit of a gamble and never a substitute for personally tailored stuff. Eventually I'd like to make my own clothes too - and I can see more and more people doing this as the recession bites harder and harder.
One store not mentioned about is Peacocks. I think I do most of my clothes shopping in there. Relatively cheap, but pretty good quality durable stuff. I agree, finding women's trousers that fit properly is a nightmare - particularly with regard to getting the right length - although in recent years it seems that retailers are starting to wake up and putting length of trouser size on labels as well as width, which is handy. What I'd really like to do though is learn how to use a sewing machine and make alterations and adjustments to clothes since buying stuff off the peg is always a bit of a gamble and never a substitute for personally tailored stuff. Eventually I'd like to make my own clothes too - and I can see more and more people doing this as the recession bites harder and harder. Katie Re-Registered
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