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Being a lady on the larger side, i am always on the lookout for fashion and practical clothing which fits well and suits the larger figure without being old fashioned. There are many different places which larger gals can now buy their clothing including some highstreet stores and online sites which cater for most tastes. Fashion world offer a wide variety of choice and sizes, including the well know 'simply be' label, you can shop with them by either mail order catalogue of using their online website, i prefer the later. You can open an account and pay in installments (interest is quite high as is service charge but worth it in some cases) or you can buy the items you require using debit/credit card. The clothing qualiy is good, they sell all items you can think of, including wider fitting shoes and a range of designer/sports labels in lager sizer, i managed to get a pair of 'ben sherman' jeans in size 26, which i did not even realise were available! the website has a sale section where items are reasonably reduced and you can use your account on their sister sites, which include their discount site (discontworld.com) which contains some of the latest looks at a fraction of the cost. The thing i love about this company is the fact that i can order many items and try them on in the comfort of my own home, gather opinions from friends without having to take them shopping with me and then simply return anything i dont want free of charge (i am sure i pay for this in the long run in the service charge) overall a good service for any fashion concious lass with a larger figure.
Over the years I have spent many years in search of fashionable clothing, I’ve always had great difficulty because I don’t fit into most high street fashion houses sizing you see, I am bigger than average, I will keep my sizing to myself if you don’t mind but I will say I certainly have plenty of curves, around the chest, hips etc, just like over 50% of the UK’s female population. Because I’m curvy does not mean I want to wear the equivalent of a tent, I mean who does? Yes, surprise, surprise Mr Armani I’m no size 14 and yet I do still want to look good! Over the past few years, shops have become a bit more aware that big can be and is beautiful. Stores like Evans, New Look and even Marks and Spencer’s are now catering for us larger ladies, which is fantastic although still not sufficient for my needs. A few years ago I came across Fashion World, a mail order catalogue that not only caters for curvy ladies, they even cater for curvy men too. For the ladies their sizing ranges from size 14 to size 30, of course most ranges come in all sizes, although pricing does tend to get a little more expensive for larger sizing, for example a pair of trousers are perhaps £14.99 in sizes 14-20, £16.99 in sizes 22-26 and £17.99 in sizes 28-30. And for the men they cater for upto 52” chest and of course the pricing plan will be similar. They cater for all tastes which I think is fantastic as there are some people around that tend to like a certain style, perhaps a little old fashioned for my taste, but then again they also cater for myself whether I am attending a business meeting or a night out etc. To give you some idea: Simple everyday casual wear; Sportswear; Business Attire; Classic Look for the older lady; Glitzy; Outdoor Wear; Party wear; Hippy Look; Elegant Look for that special night out; Sexy for that someone special; Girlie Look; Loungewear; Nightwear and even underwea r catering upto size JJ cup. To compliment the above wear they also do a wide range of shoe styles, anything from sportswear to elegance and again various widths to provide you with that extra bit of comfort, even upto EEE Ultra Wide. People often wear sizes that are too large for them just to accommodate the width of their feet unbeknown to them the damage they could do themselves in later life. Their prices can sometimes be a little expensive as their quality can sometimes vary greatly, I mean if you knew you were getting something of great quality most wouldn’t mind paying a little extra. I actually find their pricing on comparison with Evans, in fact I even find them cheaper in some cases, fantastic news which means I can in turn purchase more goodies! To give you some ideas of pricing: You can expect to pay around £60 for a ladies suit, £25 for a pair of men’s/ladies trousers, £40 for a simple dress and around £30 for a pair of everyday court shoes. Usually every month they do tend to send sale leaflets which can take as much as 50% off the RRP and the great thing is the usually always carry stock, so it’s not a gimmick. As I said before their quality as well as sizing can vary greatly, it’s obvious they deal with many different kids of manufacturers, which would explain why they appeal to so many markets. But anything you order is always sent to you on 14 days home approval. So if you don’t like your purchase there’s no need to worry about returning. Delivery is very quick also, usually within delivered in secure packaging 3-4 days after order has been placed. No delivery charges, even if your order is only for £4.99 and returns are absolutely free of charge and no hassle whatsoever, usually on the parcel you will find the number of your local courier, just give them a call and arrange a convenient time for the to call and collect your package. Their catalogue is a smaller than most (around 1/3 size of Freemans perhaps) but then they tend not to pack full of household gadgets and toys, although they do carry a little, but in my opinion they are not competitive on this side. They tend to stick to what they are good at, shoes and clothing. To order a catalogue they can be contacted on 0870 602 2602, 7am to 10pm, 7 days per week. You have several options here you can open an account with them in which case they will go over some personal questions with you to enable them to open an account they will also have to carry out a credit check on you. A word of warning here though if you choose the credit account facilities, always try to pay at the end of that month as their interest charging is exorbitant, around 30% APR. You can also pay by most credit or debit cards at time or order, Switch, Solo, Delta, Visa, Mastercard and even Electron. But don’t worry if you return items they will credit your card fairly quickly, in my experience around 3-4 working days. When placing an order I always tend to do it by telephone but you can also place by mail order form which you will find inside catalogue itself, although this takes a little longer or you can even place online at www.fashionworld.co.uk I would say this catalogue is geared more toward private clients as there are no commissions to be made, the price in the catalogue is the price you will pay. Another gripe I have with them is trying to get through to them by phone, sometimes this can be quite a task and at times I have found myself waiting in a queue for around 10-15 minutes which I think is excessive for a catalogue company, more staffing is definitely called for. But all in all I would definately recommend you check them out, they have something for everyone, the good definitely outweighs the bad in this case. Hope you find what you are looking for so you can look as good as you fee l this Christmas, take care and thanks for reading, Heather:)
Fashion World are a mail order catalogue which specializes in women's clothes sizes 12 to 26. Their catalogue is well designed, with the clothes categorised, and for the most part the clothes are well made. They have the usual basics like trousers, leggings, shirts, jumpers, etc, but Fashion World usually have some trendier, more fashionable items in each catalogue too. A couple of seasons ago there was a fake fur coat that I coveted, but at £75 I couldn't justify the cost. I think the clothing is reasonably priced, and many of the items such as leggings, and summer tops are available in multi packs, which further reduces the cost. One word of warning though - many items, especially those which are currently in fashion, or classic desighns, do sell out very quickly, so have alternatives ready when you place your order. The fact that you can order online, as well as by phone or post is great, and delivery is within four to ten days. You can spread the payments as well, so it's good for those on tight budgets. I'd definitely recommend Fashion World, especially if you are a size 16+. Most of my current 'basic' wardrobe came from them, as well as several of my smarter clothes items.
This is a very good catalogue i got it a couple of years ago when i was two sizes bigger,as i hadn't long had a baby and this was advertised as a larger womans catalogue.Well i have lost two stone since then the catalogue has changed since then too,it has become trendier.it still does clothes for older bigger women but now it also does other ranges for younger and smaller like me.It has much more fashionable clothes than before.it's now got a website where you can order from because it's often difficult to get through on their phone line although you can send your order by post.Delivery times are quick too,and free postage and free returns it couldn't be much better in my opinion.