If you have a plus-size figure, you'll know that finding on-trend clothing for work and play can sometimes be a struggle. But, good news: the high street is embracing Britain's curvy-licious fashion lovers and style is finally there for the taking for all women.
Generally speaking, in the UK, most shops and stores consider a woman who is above a size 16 to be a plus size (though considering the average dress size in the UK is a 14, this seems a bit unbalanced to us - tell us what you think in the comments box below).
Every woman is different: from height to curves in different places, there's no one item of clothing that suits all women. The way clothes fit you is the crucial factor. Jane Eskriett, brand director of Ann Harvey says, "Look for clothing that shapes and contours your body - and avoid oversized smocks and tunics that will swamp you. Go for details such as trims, embellishments, which can highlight areas you love (such as your lovely neck or covetable bosom)."
Aim to dress for your shape - not size- and go for quality fabrics that make you feel confident and comfortable. Eskriett adds, "Our pattern-cutters see the quality of fabric, colour and print as of key importance. For example, if they're designed badly, the shoulders and armholes of clothing can make garments look boxy and masculine."
Don't be afraid to embrace trends and be picky about how well-made your clothing is. "The key is in the fit of garments, and fabrics being more fluid and flattering, with small alterations made on structured garments, such as concealed panels," says Lisa Marie Peacock, head of design at Evans. "If you have broad hips and bottom, go for detail on top, such as wide lapels, and choose narrow shapes on your bottom half. For ladies with rounder tummies, go for tailored pieces and lower necklines to give more shape," says Lisa Marie Peacock, head of design at Evans.
A recent survey by Verdict showed that women take their plus-size clothing cues from other women over fashion magazines, celebrities and TV shows. That means, ladies, that you are a discerning bunch who won't be influenced by fickle trends, but more by what your friends and family are wearing.