What’s a (fat) girl to do?

There has been a lot of talk around the ‘fatshion’ revolution over the past few months. Vogue even has it’s own ‘curvy’ section. Admittedly you are ‘curvy’ in Vogue’s mind when you exceed a UK size 12, but I’m happy they are even considering the possibility that fat girls might like style. It’s not really a ‘revolution’ though. It’s great that big girls are speaking out about their love of fashion. I’m loving the fact that big name designers like Marc Jacobs are thinking about making a plus size range. It’s wonderful that Beth Ditto is designing her own range again.

But aren’t we missing something here?

Where is the failsafe, go-to high street shop for big fatties in the UK? There isn’t one. I have a dream list of shops I would go to if I could fit into the sizes: Top Shop, Whistles, Oasis, even H+M. I’m completely discounting the high-end fashion houses that I love; they are a distant dream.

Evans is the only high street retailer for big girls, but reliable it ain’t. To my complete bewilderment I’ve been reading a lot of fatshion blogs from the US which are raving about Evans. They obviously haven’t seen this skirt:

What. On. Earth. I love an animal print just as much as the next girl. More, perhaps. But this is shapeless, elastic waisted and terminally unflattering. Worse still, material aside, this seems to be their favourite skirt pattern. There is no hope.

Another mid-calf number. Nice. Do I even need to bother critiquing this? There is no call for this skirt in the real world. A senseless combination of patterns topped off by a giant elasticated waistband.

This would be a difficult skirt to wear even if it was an inexplicable length.

I have saved the worst until last. Not only is this completely shapeless, but it looks so cheap. Absolutely no thought has gone into it whatsoever. Tie-Dye is undergoing a revamp at the moment, but Evans has taken it back to it’s most basic and 80s.

At best these pieces are unflattering, at worst it’s lazy designing. It’s fat girls getting poorly made, poorly designed, ill thought out designs, because there is still a misconception that big people just want to cover up, with style and quality barely coming in to the equation.

There are one or two nice pieces, this shirt for instance.

This could be interesting with a tan belt and some skinny jeans. This is, sadly, one of a bafflingly small amount of flattering options on the Evans website.

I don’t want to lay into Evans too much. After all, they have given us Beth Ditto’s range. I just feel like a celebrity range should be an enjoyable extra, an added bonus, to an already complete collection. Not everyone has the fearless self-confidence of Beth Ditto, but perhaps more would if they had somewhere to by flattering, well made clothing that made them feel good about themselves.


  • 1
    September 20, 2010 - 1:00 pm | Permalink

    From one fatty to another, Evans has always been piss-poor, encompassing everything I hate about clothes: big, ugly, floral designs and often entirely unsuitable cuts. I used to work in the Arndale *flagship store*, and the poor ladies who are forced to shop there regularly were bewildered by the selection. On the plus side (ba-dummm-chhh), the shoes are good, well made and come in big sizes and good widths (much better than lowly Sister Perkins).

  • 2
    The Sizist
    September 20, 2010 - 2:02 pm | Permalink

    Hey, another Manchester resident.

    I admit, I haven't actually looked at their shoes. I will rectify that, thanks for the heads up x

  • 3
    September 24, 2010 - 7:40 pm | Permalink

    Whats monsoon like? I know they did a mens range which was a p*ss take to be fair

    • 4
      September 24, 2010 - 8:07 pm | Permalink

      Ooooh did they? I didn’t see that. My problem with Monsoon is that the best range comes in 8-14 sizes. The wider ranger goes higher, which is great, but it’s not always to my tastes. They are pretty pattern/frill heavy, which isn’t my scene at all. Though I do pop in because they have wonderful sales and sometimes you can find something lovely.

    • 5
      September 26, 2010 - 7:57 pm | Permalink

      they did do some super cardis, suitable for Dad-presents, or possibly at least 2 or 3 members of mine’n’Ros’ book club…

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