Looking for stylish clothes that fit? We hear lots of people moan that they trawl the malls and go home empty-handed because the sizings aren’t quite right. With shirts, sometimes the shoulders and arm lengths fit, but you can’t do the buttons up! Or trouser lengths are too short. A Medium in Singapore is definitely not the same as an M in Australia. So we asked around our readers to come up with suggestions to save your feet. Take this list with you and you’re guaranteed to find something on your very first excursion to the shops.
Marks & Spencer scored for underwear and the basics, while Esprit, Zara, Wallis, Gap, Oasis, Bysi, and Dorothy Perkins all got a mention as high street brands that cater to those who can’t quite find the right fit for their bodies. Here are some more:
White Ginger Breezy resortwear in loose silhouettes and super-soft fabrics – what’s not to love? White Ginger is one of our go-tos for casual daytime dresses and vacation-friendly basics. They were also awarded Gold in the category of Best Women’s Independent Fashion Outlet in our Readers’ Choice Awards 2020! Sizes go up to 16, and you’ll find designs that flatter curvier figures, too.
Tove & Libra
Founded by Christine and Ivan, whose families have been in the fashion manufacturing industry for over three generations, this Hong Kong-based label designs effortlessly chic, high-quality essentials for women. Tove & Libra’s capsule pieces are sleek and timeless, taking you from work to weekend, and office to bar, without compromising on style or comfort.
Conscious production is an essential element of the brand. The team favours fabrics that are either sustainably sourced or saved from landfill, and it owns the production facilities to ensure the entire manufacturing process is ethical.
As for the designs, you can expect wearable and travel-friendly separates in classic colours like navy, burgundy and black. The pants are popular for all the right reasons; they’re made to be slim-fitting and forgiving without a hefty price tag. You’ll also find a lovely line-up of tops and dresses that drape elegantly on curves, while providing a slimming effect on fuller figures. Additional touches like removable belts and strategic ribbing details are added, making each piece universally flattering.
Shopping at Tiffany’s
For a dose of boho chic, head to this independent boutique in Tanglin Mall. Founded by Aussie Tiffany Maughan in 2001, the store offers a wide variety of dresses that suit multiple occasions. From luxurious silk kaftans and flowy maxi dresses to formal get-ups for cocktail events, the boutique stocks larger sizes and versatile styles with adjustable elements to fit different body types.
Love colours and prints? We do too! That’s why we’re digging locally-based online brand Indii Breeze for its fab range of stylish yet comfy essentials, set in bold prints and striking shades. Dress up your curves in their maxi dresses and jumpsuits – our favourites styles are the ones with adjustable waists and removable belts for a looser fit. The best part? The brand uses an uber-lightweight rayon fabric, which is also machine-washable.
Capsule by Juliette
While this French fashion brand isn’t a plus-size label per se, its smart and elegant jumpsuits are known to be figure-flattering for women of various sizes. Plus, they’re available in a gorgeous selection of prints, colours and cuts, so you’re bound to find something you like from the mix! These jumpsuits also run longer in length, which means they’re perfect for those who are blessed in the height department.
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