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Evans is a ladies clothes shop which specialises in both fashionable and classic clothing for larger sized ladies. Most of their clothing is available in sizes 16 - 30 however some items are available in a size 14 and up to a size 32.
Evans is part of the Arcadia Group which also owns Dorothy Perkins, Burton, Principles, Debenhams and several other popular high street names.
Evans stores can be found in most major shopping centres, however, do not despair if there isn't a store near you as you can also purchase Evans products directly from them by mail order or from their website. If you wish to receive a mail order catalogue you can either collect one from your local store, telephone 0870 599 11 11, or request one online at www.evans.ltd.uk.
Most Evans stores boast a wide range of clothing tailored to fit and flatter all shapes and sizes. Detailed below is a brief description of the kind of clothing currently available.
There is always a wide range of trousers available in Evans. The current range boasts many popular styles and fabrics including high fashion cropped denim trousers finished off with pretty embroidered detail at the bottom of each leg to the more traditional plain, classic cut trousers.
Evans always stock a wide variety of jeans ranging from traditional stonewash or indigo coloured jeans to more fashionable colours depending on the current trends.
Many of the jeans and other trousers stocked are available in different cuts, for example classic cut, bootleg, stretch or flared and come in long, standard and short lengths.
Average prices range from £20.00 - £35.00.
Evans boast a wide range of skirts in many different colours and styles.
Whatever the season there is always a selection of classic skirts in traditional black and navy blue amongst other more fashionable colours. These skirts are often available in heavier and lighter fabrics and come in both short and longer lengths, they often also have matching jackets which when teamed up with a pretty blouse or t-shirt help to make up a smart suit either for work or a special occasion.
To save you hunting around for ages to find a the perfect outfit, Evans tend to stock quite a wide range of matching skirts and blouses. During the spring and summer months they have had a large range of pretty floral two piece matching skirts and blouses in a variety of colours, including pinks and lilacs, these outfits would be ideal to wear to a wedding or a special occasion.
If you prefer there is also a range of more casual skirts which includes denim skirts and sarongs.
Average prices range from £20.00 - £35.00.
Evans stock a large variety of blouses ranging from plain basic sleeveless, short or long sleeved blouses in the current seasons colours to more dressy, pretty patterned or flowery prints in a variety of fabrics.
They also have a good selection of basic overshirts which look great teamed up casually with leggings or jeans or dressed up smartly with a skirt or pair of trousers.
As previously mentioned there is also normally a good range of matching skirt and blouse two pieces.
Average prices range from £18.00 - £30.00.
Evans now stock a selection of their own brand sports wear called Active viii. The range includes full length jogging bottoms, cropped jogging bottoms, pique shorts and t-shirts and hooded and round necked sweatshirts. Many of the products in the range are colour co-ordinated.
Jogging bottom prices are usually about £20, t-shirts are approximately £15-£20 and sweatshirts cost around £25.00.
Again, Evans generally stock quite a large range of dresses in various fabrics. The summer range has seen many floral flowy dresses, perfect for weddings, along with more casual sun dresses for day to day wear. The summer range has included a wide variety of dresses in varying lengths, the summer dresses are mainly short sleeved or sleeveless. For those who don't like their arms on show some of the sleeveless dresses come with matching bolero style jackets.
Prices vary but on average you can expect to pay £35.00 - £50.00.
Evans have a large selection of t-shirts in a wide range of styles and colours. They have a good selection of basic plain round neck t-shirts in a variety of colours but if you are looking for something casual but smart there is also a good range of dressy t-shirts which are decorated with beading, sparkly crystals or just a pretty pattern.
Basic plain t-shirts are available from £7.00 upwards and the dressier t-shirts normally start at £15.00 and go up to about £20.00.
During the summer months Evans stock a small selection of swimwear including two piece bikinis and one piece swimming costumes. The costumes are available in a variety of styles and colours. Some of the costumes are available with underwired tops and tummy control panels. The beachwear range also includes a small range of sarongs, some of which match the swimwear.
Swimming costumes cost around £30.00.
This year Evans have launched their own range of Wedding Dresses and wedding outfits, the range is known as Design Wedding.
I think this is a great idea as many bridal shops don't seem to cater for women over size 16 and those that do tend to offer dowdy and frumpy dresses which do nothing to flatter the figure. An increasing amount of today's females are size 16 + and every woman wants to look her best on their wedding day, with the new Design Wedding range from Evans catering from size 16 - 30 they can now find a dress or outfit which is not only sexy, stylish, feminine and pretty but above all they can find a beautiful outfit which is designed and tailored to flatter the larger sized female.
Most of the large stores stock the wedding collection, if you do not live near a large store the range is also featured in the catalogue and online at the Evans website.
The Design Wedding range includes beautifully made wedding dresses, (some with matching scarfs), a stunning cream satin beaded long fishtail skirt with matching corset and wrap, and a cream trouser suit which looks great co-ordinated with a pretty lace top also in the wedding range. For those who do not want the traditional wedding attire there is also a couple of pretty floral outfits in the range. Evans have even thought about footwear and there is also a small selection of wedding shoes available.
The wedding range is very reasonably priced and a full outfit including shoes could be obtained for £200 - £300.
**LINGERIE AND NIGHTWEAR**
Evans have a beautiful range of sexy underwear for the fuller figure including matching briefs/thongs, bras and suspender belts as well as an extensive range of day to day bras including underwired, seam free, sports bras, sheer strap bras, minimiser bras and uplifting bras. They also have a large range of briefs including, thongs, tummy control briefs, hi legged briefs, mini briefs and full briefs.
Most Evans bras cost around £20 and the briefs cost around £10.00.
A good selection of hosiery can be found in the lingerie section of the shop, this includes plain tights and stockings, lace top stockings, patterned stockings and tights and scented footsies.
Many fuller figured ladies will know that the hot summer months can be hell when wearing a skirt or dress as the inner thighs tend to rub together and chafe causing great discomfort. Evans have even thought of an product to prevent this from happening, the product is known as Comfort Shorts. Comfort shorts are made from a breathable cotton, nylon and Lycra combination which looks and feels like tights. As the name suggests they look like shorts and are finished off with a small seam which prevents them from riding up when walking. Comfort Shorts are available in black and natural and cost £3.50 per pair. I purchased 2 pairs a couple of years ago and have never looked back. Ok so they are not a big turn on but they do enable larger ladies to wear sexy skirts and dresses so they can feel cool and look stunning in the hot weather without causing them discomfort so often suffered without the comfort shorts.
Evans also stock a good range of nightwear including casual nightshirts, full length nightdresses, and pretty pyjamas with camisole tops and long length or short length bottoms.
Nightwear costs around £20.00.
Evans stock a small amount of footwear, the current summer range includes strappy sandals, mules and flip-flop style shoes. In the winter months Evans stock boots.
Shoes and sandals cost around £25.00.
Evans stocks a small amount of Sixteen 47%. This is a designer range which has been exclusively created for Evans by Dawn French and Helen Teague.
Most larger branches have a petites range and this caters for ladies 5'3" and under. The clothing is designed to flatter and fit and features shorter cut sleeves, narrower shoulders, adjusted waist and bustlines and shorter trouser and skirt lengths.
For larger ladies of all ages who want to look stylish in flattering clothing I would strongly recommend Evans.
I can't believe that this short review has taken me so long to write - I could go on forever but don't worry I won't! Thank you for reading - I hope I haven't bored you too much.
I used to work in Evans - it's a nice place for a student to get some extra pocket money! It's good that larger ladies can find fashionable clothes to buy in Evans - if they can afford it. They do need to work harder on the shape of their clothes though. They make me look like I don't have a waist. There's a significant difference between an Evans size 20 and a Dorothy Perkins size 20...
123me 26.05.2003 18:12
I had no idea they did wedding gear or swimming costumes or shoes. Shows how out of touch I am. Great op, very informative.
Charis_of_Avallach 26.02.2003 11:37
If only they ventured back into the maternity wear market and I would be a happy little (or not so little) Charis in Avallach