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 Evans Plus Size Specialists  Summer Trends 2005

      By Pauline Weston Thomas for


Plus Size Fashions at Evans

One retailer which has always catered to larger and plus sizes is Evans.  Evans Outsizes as it was known back in the sixties, was already established in most UK major cities under that name until takeover in the 1980s.  Back in the Twiggy dominated skinny sixties it was just about the only place larger women could know they would find clothes to fit.  In those days the clothes were rather frumpy.  But after acquisition by the Arcadia Group the Evans group of stores was revamped to accommodate the purchasing power of a younger generation and the word outsize was (thankfully) dropped.

This younger generation were physically larger and taller than the teenagers of a generation earlier, but not prepared to wear the styles of matrons.  The new clientele wanted jeans, tops, skirts, suits, pretty lingerie, bras and swimwear based on fashion lines found in shops stocking smaller sizes, but all in the larger plus size.  The Arcadia Group responded, making Evans a huge success nationwide.  The images below on this page are from the spring summer 2005 Evans range.

  Summer 2005 Selection from Evans Range    

White crochet trim cami £8 Khaki lace peasant skirt £25 Belt £15 Wrap top £28


A relaxed collection, for the archetypal global traveller, which echoes the laid-back glamour of the 1970s. Spring 2005 draws inspiration from faraway exotic shores, from the bustling souks of Marrakech through to the white sands of the Indian Ocean…......


Crinkle cami £8 Embroidered peasant skirt £40 Cowboy boots £85 Disc necklace £10 Turquoise/silver kaftan £35 Floral top £25 Charm chain jeans £35 Butterfly necklace £5

SPRING / SUMMER 05 1970’S 

Shapes and textures recall eclectic 1970’s wardrobes – directional tiered gypsy skirts are teamed with bold studded belts and crochet shrugs in rainbow colours. Jersey tops are bright and updated with striking psychedelic or oriental floral designs. Leather bags are worn across the body and over dark denim jackets for a true retro finish.

All photos courtesy the Arcadia Group/Zoom

 T-shirt £20 denim jacket £40 bag £12 earrings £5 Multi shell necklace £8 Large disc bead necklace £10 Chocolate/turquoise dip-dye top £35


Evans is now part of one of 7 major outlets in the Arcadia Group. The Arcadia Group has an ethical trading policy and strict regulations with a code of conduct related to manufacture and labour relations.   Arcadia is the largest independent retailer of clothes in the UK with more than 2000 outlets in shopping centres, malls and towns nationwide.  It also has outlets abroad and internet based sites for shopping.  The link to the Evans promo store is here and all their websites are a pleasure to surf and easily see the stock range.

Anyone over a size 16 will find affordable fast fashion garments there in typical colours of the season using fabrics and styling that captures trends in smaller sized ranges of clothing. shows some of the range on line for those wanting to buy size 16 - 32.  This makes it a shop stocking possibly some of the largest clothes in the country.  An interesting alternative, especially for men, can be found at big and tall stores.

You can see the size chart at the Evans site and interestingly they supply a top hip measurement and a bottom hip measurement with the bottom measurement half an inch larger generally. An Evans' size 16 measures bust 40½", waist 34", hips 41½" and the mid size 24 has bust measurement of 49", waist 44" and hips 51/51½".  The largest size 32 has a bust measurement of 55½", waist 51" and hips 61½/61¾".  All the images above were supplied by the Arcadia Press Office via Zoom.


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