With magazines, TV and social media full of models who appear to have the ‘perfect’ figure, it’s easy to forget that not everyone is an off-the-peg size. Did you know that 45% of British women are sizes 16 plus?
Although typically 16+ is considered ‘plus-size’, it really is open for debate as to where this label begins; many designers have shown that sizing is not universal.
Here at Compton House of Fashion, we believe every woman should embrace and love their body shape, no matter what the size. One model who also believes in celebrating and making the most of our curves, is Hayley Hasselhoff, daughter of US actor David ‘The Hoff’ Hasselhoff. After appearing at the British plus-size fashion weekend, she said:
“Fashion can always be a part of your life no matter what shape or size you are. You don’t need to feel like you have to fit into a box because you aren’t a certain size that your favourite designer carries.”
Weddings are one of life’s most important milestones, but the pressure to not only look good, but also feel comfortable, can be a challenge for most Mothers of the Bride. The big day can, therefore, be a daunting prospect for a plus-size woman, who might be feeling self-conscious or anxious about her shape and size.
Is Shopping Online the Answer?
Shopping online is not always the solution, ordering clothes that you haven’t really seen, felt or more importantly, tried on, can cause a number of problems. The best approach is to visit a shop that offers a personal and caring shopping experience. At Compton House of Fashion in Wedmore, Somerset, we are leading specialists in the south of England for outfits.
“We pride ourselves on our one-to-one service,” says Liz, from Compton House of Fashion. “We talk to our customers about what they are looking for, show them a range of options and often make suggestions they hadn’t thought of. They can see for themselves how a style looks and feels on them.”
Our independent shop has been in business for 25 years and our dedicated staff are used to giving support and honest help to worried customers, whether they are plus-size or otherwise.
We stock a range of designers, with names like Ann Balon and Condici offering some of the best styles for a larger figure. Elegant laced jackets offer great arm coverage without causing overheating. Elasticated waists provide extra comfort, as well as ruching, tiers and longer jackets that flatter and give shape to even the most difficult figures; these sizes go up to 26. Designer John Charles also has a brand new plus-size range that Compton House will be stocking from December 2015, so be sure to pay us a visit.
Getting it right is down to a little know-how, some guidance from the experts and the confidence to carry it off. We hope by visiting our shop and meeting our friendly team, you will leave feeling gorgeous and confident in your new outfit.