Thank goodness the days when plus size women used to take what they could get when shopping for clothes are far behind us – thankfully the high street is now full of retailers who really do celebrate us curvy girls!

Fashion and Beauty on Female First

Fashion and Beauty on Female First

It’s because of this that I launched my very own Body Positive Awards – please get involved at - and let’s champion those shops and individuals who cater for women of all shapes and sizes. And as an added incentive everyone who votes will be entered into a prize draw to win £100!

As someone who is always on the look out for a bargain but with no compromising on quality and style, here’s my top ten high street retailers.

SIMPLY BE – Since day one they have catered for the plus size market and understand that curvy girls like to be on-trend too! Fabulous as a stockist of their own ranges and brands such as Coast, Levis and Oasis.

GEORGE AT ASDA – Supermarkets have become the new fashion hotspots and George at Asda is a great place to top up your wardrobe. Look out for great T shirts, knitwear and pyjamas – full marks for affordability.

PRIMARK – Women the country over have said a thank you to Primark for providing on-trend clothing at purse-friendly prices. This is affordable, disposable fashion and the good news is that it now offers a huge range of sizes, allowing everyone to be fashion forward on a budget..

YOURS – Yours clothing is one of the newer kids on the block, but has made a real impact – and no wonder. Well priced and one of the few retailers to go up to a size 36, it’s a must for anyone wanting to be fashion-forward.

RIVER ISLAND – River Island has now realised the importance of tapping into the curvy market with the result that its plus range goes up to a size 28. Its summer collection is full of fabulous, colourful dresses and seperates.

NEW LOOK – New Look has its very own curves range which is to be applauded for both its variety and its price. Dresses can be bought for as little as £15.99. Great for looking stylish on a budget. Plus full marks for also offering a wider foot shoe selection.

BRAVISSIMO – Bravissimo may be synomyous with lingerie – but it’s about so much more! Fabulous underwear, stylish outerwear and swimwear in bigger sizes – what’s not to like?

DOROTHY PERKINS – The DP Curve collection is everything a fashionable girl could want. Figure flattering wrap dresses are a must as are the fantastic collections of everyday essentials.

MARKS & SPENCER – Everyone has grown up with a little M & S in their wardrobes and why should that ever change? The chain store launched its own plus range at the start of the year,with the emphasis on comfort but without compromising on style, the latest season’s look are bright, colourful and truly celebrate the fuller figure.

NEXT – Perfectly proportioned clothing inspired by the catwalk – and available up to size 26. Next has really got its act together with its own Label Curve, as well as stocking brands including BooHoo and Quiz.

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Simply Be 

- New Look 

- River Island 

- Asda George 

- Dorothy Perkins 

- Marks & Spencers 

- Next