As a size 16 lady I've bought a few bits and piece from this shop. They're good quality and the range is pretty decent - I'm an especially big fan of the shoes!
PRICE - Evans prices are competitive with other high street brands. As a guide, for a dress you are looking at £30-£60 and their shoe wear ranges from £15-£70 dependant on what you are getting.
FIT - the clothes fit really well on me, and there's a great range of sizes! There's nothing too figure hugging either which I like too.
STYLE - some of the clothes are a bit mumsy but there are always at least 3-4 trendier outfits available at any one time.
SHOES - just a special note about their shoes, they're perfect for those who have broad feet. They have two different sizes available width wise and it's greet to be able to buy shoe sizes like this so readily. The boots are also excellent for those of us who have wide calves - the boots always fit my cankles nicely!
As a plus size clothes purchaser, I buy the majority of my clothes online. Evans has the high street presence and the online shop and I'm pleased to say that their range of clothing has improved over the last six months. Not sure whether they have had a rethink but their Christmas range certainly ticked boxes for me. A new long dress, a couple of nice jumpers, two really nice blouses, a pair of PJ's and numerous other bits and pieces.
What really stopped me in my tracks though was the constant, different offers they were running. 50% off one day, 25% off the next day, etc etc and it went on throughout the whole Christmas period. A little irritating when I'd just bought something at full price.
Putting that aside, I'm so pleased they have up'd their game with their style/stock levels. With the demise of Ann Harvey there are very few dedicated plus sized stores on the high street so now is the time for Evans to come into its own.
I'm really not sure about the specialist ranges they do, they are a little OTT for my liking and possibly age group! I would absolutely love them to do more traditional work wear - suits haven't gone out of fashion EVANS, honestly!
I can only hope one of their buyers reads this review!
I have large and very wide feet, I'm a size 9 eee. I found that Evans is the only retail shop that sells shoes that fit me. However, recently their selection of styles has become disappointing. The shoes are very unstylish and quite frump considering my age (I'm in my twenties). I ahev even complained to Evans about this via their customer service email on their webiste, and was old my feedback would be forwarded to the buyers. Its quite frustrating already as its difficult to find good fitting shoes that are stylish, and I often get jealous of friends who have perfect regular feet who can wear whatever footwear they like. Evans, please improve your stlyles!
I have been a "bigger" girl most of my life and I remember when it was pretty much the only retail shop which catered for bigger sizes. Compared to the likes of H and M, New look and online retaileres such as Very, Evans is a big dissapointment.
Being younger I find the outfits they sell not exactly stylish and quite frumpy. Also there is not alot of range in their shops. I loved the 7even range they used to do and wonder why they stopped it as it was more trendy for younger people. I also loved Beth Dittos range which sems to no longer be sold, which again is a shame as the clothes she designed was pretty much in fashion.
Also how can Evans price their clothing? for a jumper the price you pay there can be 2 or 3 times more higher than anywhere else. The best thing is the shoes they sell and also when they have sales on you can pick items up for about £3-£6 .
Evans, featuring in larger sizes, was one of the only retail stores on the high street to cater for those in need of plus size attire. Being a big woman myself, I have been a customer of Evans for many years now. I'm disheartened to say that I believe Evans have gone downhill.
Pricing of fashionable items seems to have risen. When I visit the store, I raid the sales rail straight away as it is the only place to find actual affordable items. Unfortunately,the items on sale all seem very dull and nondescript.
Being a size 22, I am careful to pick out garments that will cover my large belly, and not be too clingy, though it seems those items are very limited. My Husband recently took me to my nearest Evans store and I was puzzled as to why I had to buy some items in a size 22 and some in a size 24, which I thought rather confusing. I was looking for a lovely summer dress and it saddens me to say, that the store I went to, had very limited selection.
The Evans website looks alot more promising than their actual retail stores. There is a much bigger range of fashionable clothes, though pricing is still far too high! If I buy from Evans again, I may very well order from their website, although i'd be a bit worried that the sizes of the clothes would be questionable and a size 22 wouldn't fit once I had ordered it!
Please beware ordering on line from Evans.2 weeks ago I recieved my order with one article missing after placing two calls and an e-mail with Evans customer service I have had no joy whatsoever with a refund for the missing article,or any feed back.Evans saID THEY WOULD REFUND MY MONEY ..WHEN?They dont seem bothered.I actually feel like going into one of their shops and taking something to the value of the money they owe me,I am so annoyed.My order number is 44992431 item 26L07GBLK peronally I will never shop on-line with Evans again Iwas put on hold the first time I rang for what seemed like forever listening to music that was costing me money,yes I would be refunded I was told by a girl who was finding it hard to understand what I was talking about.Another call no problem said another person you will be refunded I'm still waiting.Also no reply to the e-mail I sent.To be honest I would like my money back but what policy does Evans have for people who do not recieve their order? Luckly mine was not one of the most expensive things in my parcel but it quite easily could have been.Well Evans due to your customer care you have just lost a customer of all the shopping I have done with different shop's and catalogues you are definately well out of the picture now,by the way you can give the money you owe me to charity and also the money its cost for the phone calls
I often find that I struggle to find fashionable clothes that fit well, due to my larger, curvier figure. I often find clothes for the 'larger lady' are unflattering, unfashionable and not usually for my age range. However, I discovered Evans about 5 years ago and have been a loyal customer ever since. I am a regular customer to the store in Chelmsford as I find the shop assistants to be very friendly and helpful, and the store is always tidy and well organised, which makes it easier to shop. I would recommend Evans to any plus size lady, looking for good quality, fashionable clothing.
This is a review of Evans high street clothing store. Being a large lady, I have been buying my clothes from Evans for over 20 years. Over the past year or so, the style and fit of Evans clothing has deteriorated so much that I am struggling to find anything that fits properly, or is suitable to be worn by someone my size.
A classic example of this is my sister and my parents gave me Evans gift cards at Christmas. It took until May for me to find something actually suitable to buy with them!
The appearance of tops with drawstrings across the hips, t-shirts with v-back necklines, or ties at the back of the neck (how uncomfortable!) skinny fit jeans, hipsters/low waist trousers, t-shirts and vests with hem-lines so far askew that they look as if they have stretched in the wash, to say the least, show how much the styles have changed. I am finding it almost impossible to find clothing for my work any more due to the outnumbering of casual clothing to business casual style clothing. My bra size is 46b and so far I have never been able to find my size in store without having to order it in only to find it doesn't fit. In general the clothing appears to be designed for ladies with slim legs and large stomachs. Most of the time their trousers/jeans are far too tight on the leg yet about 10 inches too wide at the waist. T-shirts are mostly on the short side too, and invariably shrink in the wash. I purchased a couple of lovely crinkle cotton longer length short sleeve blouses, and after I had worn one of them a couple of times, I washed it exactly according to the instructions. When I measured it against the other unworn one, it had actually shrunk by 4 inches in length. Totally unacceptable really.
Designers should take note that ladies who are large with lumps and bumps do not always want to wear tight clothing with low waists on trousers. It looks as if they are now catering far much more for younger people with less emphasis on middle-aged classics. Prices vary - some t-shirts and vests are very reasonable, whilst others are absolutely ridiculously priced. Unfortunately though, I will continue to trawl the shop, as there are so few other places that stock my size.
Evans is a shop which has been established on the high street for quite a few years now and it specialises in making clothes for women of a larger frame. I am not the thinnest of women having had four children but I can buy clothes in all the 'normal' high street stores. There are lots of fantastic clothes available in Evans which makes me want to visit here every month or two to check out what's new in stock and see what items have been moved on to the sale rails so that I can find a little bit of money.
My local store has fantastic accessibility as there is an escalator, stairs and a lift so if you are mobility restricted then you can still access the store to do your shopping. I normally take the escalator up and walk back down happy with the purchases that I inevitably have made.
The store is very well laid out with different sections such as accessories, underwear, workwear, casual wear, party wear etc. There is a nice long cash till and this always has a member of staff around who will serve you with a friendly smile on their face. I find that there is always two members of staff in the store, one to help with sizing, getting new clothes or bra fittings and one to serve you and check if you need any assistance while you are browsing the store. The staff in store are always helpful and friendly and they don't make any comments or give you sneering looks if you need a bigger size or anything like that which I do find can be a problem in some of the standard high street stores.
The range of clothes in the store is fantastic as there really is something for all women in here, old or young, fashionable or old fashioned. I always find something to suit my style and my budget here whether it's tops from the sale rail for £5 or best coats for the winter that are going to provide me with lots of warmth. Also, another item that is fantastic from here is the boots as they sell knee length and ankle boots which are designed to fit wider calves. I definitely have wide calves so I have brought a few nice pairs of shoes from here in the past and I have always been very happy with my purchase.
The changing rooms are a great size, clean & tidy with large mirrors so you can check everything out before you purchase it. I find that I actually look my normal size here rather than slimmer or fatter like I do in some other stores. I don't actually like it when my true size is changed as that tends to lead to me buying something I like on and then when I get home and see it properly I don't like it and I have to trudge back to the town to change things, frustrating!
I love to have a nice browse around my local Evans store and I enjoy everything about my time in there. The pricing is reasonable, the clothes are good quality & the staff are friendly and attentive. I would definitely recommend Evans if you want some clothes (size 14 - 32) and want somewhere nice and friendly to do your shopping in. The store near me is very well laid out and accessible to everyone with lots of room for wheelchairs, scooters or pushchairs depending on your needs.
Being a plus size lady I have shopped in Evans for many years, not through choice, but because untill recently you get the clothes in other shops.
Over the last 5 years or so, a lot of shops like Dorothy perkins, M and S, etc have got a lot better and have started to go up in size to accomodate larger sizes before that it was very difficult and the only shop that did anything decent was Evans. I do worry for their future now though with shops such as Yours and catalogues like Simply Be becaus ethey are so much better and so much cheaper.
Evans sell clothes from a size 14 up to a 30/32. They have stores in most shopping centres and high streets and sell everything from nightwear to formal clothing and shoes. They also havea website and have their own store card and sepcial events for customers.
I always find that the sizes are just crazy in Evans. I never know what my size will be and sometimes the clothes are way too big and other times I have had the same size and it is too small.
I don't think that rthe quality of most of the clothes is very good and the fits are dreadful. The bigger you are, the better you need the cut of outfit to be. For the price you pay in Evans, I just don't feel they offer enough good quality items.
I have found that most of their clothes are over-priced and now mainly shop in Your's clothing stores and sometimes Simply Be when I want something with a bit more quality.
Evans is a big retail shop that caters for curvy or larger women. They have around 330 retail shops around Great Britain. They make fashionoble clothing in sizes 14 to 32.
Being a big girl myself I find it hard to be fasionoble without looking FAT! I am 25 and a size 20 but hide it sort of well?!
So Evans lets say I really just don't like it! Its suppose to be for bigger/curvier ladies and to me they show more flesh off than Topshop clothes! They do to much clothes that are in fashion that suit slim women. Leggings, ok, might suit some larger women or they might like that sort of clothing but personally I like them on slimmer women or women with great legs. Also they have tops with no back or showing the back, well my size I wouldn't want to show the any flesh that has a few rolls, and I think there are people also that wouldn't want to see it!
Dawn French for example is a gorgeous, beautiful and a very sexy lady and shes big, I've never seen her in clothes that show flesh as she hides it nicely. If she wore some of the stuff Evans sold she would look a lot bigger and show her true size.
I don't want to upset any one especially if your a big girl that wears leggings. I just want to go in a shop that understands my body and sells stuff that covers the areas that we want to hide and that big women will look great in? I am suppose to trust this shop as they cater especially for a larger ladies!
Shoes great price! Love there shoes. Clothes however are expensive there good quality but not affordable. I like going shopping and coming back with a few bags not one!
I am short so being large I can't carry off so well as taller women. I don't look good in leggings, their three quater length trousers are like full length trousers and the their tops are more like dresses! They seem to think every big women is tall. M&S, Next do bigger sizes now and they sell a pair of trousers in three lengths short, meduim and tall. This shop is expensive and suppose to understand different shapes and sizes so why can I never find any thing? Ahhhhh!
I also don't like the fact that they don't hide the bits you don't want to show like top of the arms, I rarely come across slim women that like their upper arms so why they think we would want to show our arms! Most of there tops are short sleeved great to have a few for the summer but not so good for all there tops!
I looked in there shop the other day to buy some bolero's and cardy's either long sleeved or three quarter length and all they had were short sleeved that I think make you look bigger (or show your size).
I bought some of there trousers once and never again! Instead of one size they do two 16/18, 20/22, 24/26 so I got the 20 to 22 well they were ok when I tried them on and when I started to where them they started to get real baggy as they were more suited for a size 22 then saying that they probably would of been a little tight!
Their staff are always so helpful and nice. I've bought online too and that was fine I had no problems with that.
Cheap and chearful and fit! I love jingly bangles and everywhere I looked they didn't fit until I went in Evans and found some which I love and still look great for cheap jewellery!
They do wide fitting shoes which is just brill. I love shoes and Evans have bought all the fun back to me! They have a good range from very fashionoble, sexy to formal.
Overall I would say that Evans should have a wide variety now so I am going to give them 2 out of 5 as they're not great for short women.
Up until a few years ago I wouldn't have even considered shopping in Evans, not because I was ashamed to shop in a larger shop (I've always been a big girl), but because I always glanced in there and saw a load of stuff my granny would be happy wearing and being 24, there wasn't a cat in hell's chance that I was going to wear a granny tent. However that all changed a few months ago. I wandered in there by chance (Dorothy Perkins - it's sister store, which used to be located next door to my local Evans had been moved). So to prevent a wasted journey I decide to pop into Evans and have a look around.
I was certainly pleasantly surprised! I saw lots of fashionable clothes, as well as classic pieces and the Beth Ditto range - which is designed by the Gossip singer - and isn't for the wall flowers amongst us. Evans stock items from a size 14 through to a 32 so there is lots on offer.
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To be perfectly honest, although I think that Evans is MUCH BETTER than it used to be, I find that the clothes don't fit me very well. I like to wear Ugg-style boots, leggings and dresses, but for some reason I'm yet to find a dress or long top in Evans that doesn't cling to my sizeable bum!
Also, I find that the trousers hug my bum and sag around my belly. Having said that I've recently bought three work tops from there (in the sale) and they fit well and I have friends that always look lovely in Evans clothes, so perhaps it's just my body shape - because lets face it, we're all different.
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I think that Evans is quite overpriced and that asking £35 for a skirt is a little excessive. The chain could easily lower their prices to make its ranges more accessible to people that are watching the pennies. Personally I'm willing to pay £30 for a top I can get elsewhere for £10, so I only really consider Evans affordable when they have a sale on.
The three items I've bought from the store haven't washed well, they have bobbled and looked warn after a few wears. Considering the prices that the chain charges I'd expect the clothes to be better quality,
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A friend of mine is a size 9 and she finds it very difficult to get trendy shoes in her size, but Evans stock shoes between a size 4 and a size 10 and they have some lovely styles, so she usually makes a bee-line for Evans when she's looking for a new pair of heels!
Also, if you have issues getting knee-high boots to fit your calves, or problems finding shoes that are wide enough for your feet then it's worth looking in Evans, because they cater for people with big calves and wide feet.
I also think that the accessory section in Evans is fabulous, you can buy some fantastic pieces of costume jewellery and bags. I also recently bought a purse in there, which looks like a vintage piece - I absolutely love it - so many people have commented on it and I doubt I'd be able to find anything as nice at such a good price in another high street store.
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I think that the staff in Evans are fantastic, they always greet you with a smile and they are really informative. When I go into an Evans changing room I feel like I am receiving a personal shopping experience - the staff are very friendly, helpful and full of advise. Obviously I'm unsure if this is a company trait, or if it's just a friendly store that I visit (The Trafford Centre, Manchester), but either way, the staff are much more welcoming than they are in other stores.
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For years I've fluctuated around a size 18, so I've been able to shop in most high street stores, but I used to work in Elvi - a larger ladies store and sometimes I'd feel so sorry for girls that came to shop there, because they'd end up leaving with unfashionable clothes because they were the only items that fitted. Now I know that some will say, 'if you're that fat then just lose weight,' but believe me, it's not that easy and everybody should be able to find nice clothes, regardless of their size, so it's nice that Evans has overhauled its collection and that they've started to cater for big and beautiful women.
I don't think the chain is perfect, but they have certainly improved massively in the past few years. If you are a lady of size, or you have big feel, or big calves, then call into your local Evans store.
Four out of five stars.
Being a plus size woman Evans is probably the only dedicated high street fashion store, however, there are some that do a plus size range. Evans also has a website where you can buy their clothes.
Evans stocks clothes in sizes 14-32, shoes in sizes 4-10 in fittings E and EEE, bras in sizes 38-50 cup sizes B-H, jewellery and accessories.
In recent years Evans has done a turnaround, they used to sell frumpy, tent like outfits but now it has a lot of stuff that is on trend, which allows me to get similar stuff to my friends and people of my age.
The positives of Evans are that they cater for larger women, clothes are on trend, jewellery is excellent and shoes are great and fit really well, all the shops I have been in they always have really friendly staff who are willing to help and the stores are nicely set out.
The negatives of Evans are that some clothes are quite expensive and is not backed up by quality, they often don't have my size in store meaning I need to pay for postage and the fact they no longer do a tall range.
Being what some may call "a larger lady", I do appreciate the lack of good quality fashion clothes for the larger ladies. In the UK Evans has led the high street in providing this service and, as such, can be a tad expensive.
However this review is nothing but praise for the service they offer. From the moment you make contact, nothing is too much trouble. Several years ago I was promoted at work and a friend phone the Meadowhall store. On arrival we were greeted with our very own personal shopper who had selected some items of workwear for our consideration. We spent a good couple of hours trying on outfits and parading up and down the fitting rooms with the assistant popping back with alternatives, accessories etc.
Since then I have visited this store on many occasions and have found the same high quality level of service. The range of sizes in stock is always vast and the styles suit most ages. The stock is turned around quickly and represent the trends found in other stores. Unlike other stores which serve the larger lady, there is plenty of fitted and tailored clothes - thereby celebrating the fuller figure rather than trying to cover it up.
I guess that you could say I am a fan!
Evans is a well known high street store that sells an array of items for the curvier woman, its a unique store in that half its staff are plus size so those who are overweight and may feel intimidated by the skinny minneys in clothes shop have an option of being helped by a larger lady to see what style suits them and in general just put them at ease.
As you can probably tell im a huge fan of evans and buy not just plus size clothes there but shoes and accesories too, a friend of mine also bought her wedding dress there, and they sell glorious sexy lingerie to be proud of wearing as well as those bridget Jones knickers we all need at some time!
Evans are a part of the arcadia group burtons top shop etc this in itself should tell you of the quality of the clothes but sadly too the prices i guess as Evans have monopolised the sales for plus size clothes for so so long they can and do charge what they want to charge, but recently they have started to do a better value range too to compete with supermarket prices etc, their online department is fabulous has a huge variety on their online catalogue a great delivery service and also supply a next day service too for those times you just cant wait to have in your wardrobe, I often use this service as its only an extra pound for next day.There is usually some money off codes and vouchers floating around the net too which also makes shopping a little easier, whether you have wide feet are a plus size yourself or just love gorgeous accesories id say evans is definetely worth a go .