The problem that I’ve had in the past with plus size fashion is that there is a tendency to cover up bodies instead of enhancing the good bits.
Although Evans has so much support in continually offering something for everyone I usually have a hard time finding clothes to suit the hourglass/pear body shape. Having said that I have often come out of Evans with some gems, since I started exploring plus size fashion in the summer, have lasted.
Evans is the most obvious, being the most well-known plus size branch that is still dotted around the high streets, Asos was an option I never really took seriously. I like fitted clothes with shape and I never got that vibe from Asos. I often look to a shops dress collections to see if I like their style and when I found Asos Curve collection, sizes ranging from 20 – 26 (UK), I was pleasantly surprised.
The only problem is, I’m a pear and I’m out of proportion. This means that dresses, although my favourite piece of clothing, are not always the easiest to wear. I bought a dress recently from Asos Curve and not wanting to shoot for a smaller size I measured my hips (usually the problem area) and ordered a size to fit them. The dress was huge. Unfortunately I had to send it back, but it hasn’t put me off buying from Asos Curve. I’ll just have to order a size down or, alas, stay away from dresses.
I’m going to showcase Asos Curve and explain why I love it. It’s fresh, young and ahead of the curve. Get it? Yeah it’s better if we ignore that. Asos has got the perfect balance between garments that flatter a plus size figure to plus size fashionistas who want to wear what they want regardless of size.
This dress (£50) is fantastically simple and yet has a bit of quirkiness about it. For someone who has the possibility of going on job interviews within a days notice, this dress has the right balance of professional yet fun. The boat neckline can flatter the bigger busted girl and the colourful belt is a great accessory to emphasise shape. The model is tall so on us average sized females the dress would be about knee-length and it’s sophisticated without being boring.
I cannot get over how cute this skirtv (Sale £28) looks and how perfect it would be on an hourglass. Does this model not rock this skirt?! Gorgeous. Summertime, chilled, curve exposing… what else do you need? Alas a skirt like this would highlight my pear thighs, so I’ll leave it to the balanced girls. Rectangles and hourglasses no need to thank me.
Powder blue skinny jeans (£32)… now you’re going to want to be careful with these. If you’re a rectangle or an apple you can pull these off. Hourglasses need to be careful and my fellow pears… please… just try it on first. And since Asos is online, be prepared to send it back. You might be pleasantly surprised… then again, you might not. Air on the side of caution, but if you want to wear bright coloured skinny jeans because, god dammit they’re gorgeous then by all means, buy away. Asos cater to your plus size needs. There are also coloured chinos to salivate over so rather than wallow in despair at not being able to get away with brightly colured skinny jeans there are plenty of other options out there.
Play suits, some can pull them off, others can’t. Evenly proportioned bodies are the best to carry off a play suit but then I think an apple should give them a chance as well. This beautiful blue play suit (Sale, £36) highlights the waist and length of the legs. Height is kind of necessary for a play suit, as with maxi dresses they can sometimes tend to make you look squat and shorter than you are, but heels are always a great way of fixing that problem.
Asos Curve collection is a great way of buying up-to-date plus size fashion, and I’ve found it to be a real positive step in accepting my plus size body: I don’t have to feel like a frump even though my dress is below the knee.