Zara is a firm favourite amongst the Wear Next team.
While it recently came under fire for its designer dupes, there’s no denying that it’s a much more affordable alternative to shelling out hundreds or even thousands on a luxury item.
It’s also not exactly the most sustainable brand on the planet to say the least, but is it at least size inclusive?
After the most size inclusive fashion brands in the UK were recently revealed, I was curious about where Zara fares when it comes to including plus size pieces in its collections and what their sizes actually mean.
Does Zara have a plus size range?
Zara doesn’t offer plus size clothing. Their collections are usually available from a size XXS to XXL, but finding items that aren’t between S and L can be difficult.
Of course it’s easier to find them online, but they sell out pretty quickly.
What UK size is L and XL at Zara?
Zara’s sizing works as follows:
XXS (UK 6)
XS (UK 8)
S (UK 10)
M (UK 12)
L (UK 14)
XL (UK 16)
XXL (UK 18)
Rather than offer a clear size guide, the brand now has a tool which shows you the exact measurement of each size in the item you’re looking at online.
For a size XL, a skirt I looked at had a hip measurement of 110cm and a dress had a bust measurement of 102cm, a waist of 82cm and hips of 110cm.
For a size L, the skirt had a hip measurement of 104cm, while the dress had a bust measurement of 96cm, a waist of 76cm and hips of 104cm.
Should I size up in Zara?
Zara’s sizes tend to run small, so I recommend sizing up for a comfortable fit.
How to shop Zara if you’re plus size
While Zara fails to offer clothing above a size XL, there are a few tips and tricks at making it work for you.
Flowing fabrics, knitwear and outwear are often offered in more generous fits, while the menswear section is also brimming with stylish options.
You may find success with Zara’s skirts and dresses too, while the pieces in stretchy fabrics are easy to wear too.
Polo Collar Knit Dress, £27.99 – buy now
Jacquard Knit Kimono Coat, £59.99 – buy now
Draped Midi Skirt, £27.99 – buy now
Polka Dot Oversize Blazer, £99.99 – buy now
Satin Oversize Shirt, £27.99 – buy now
Wool Midi Dress, £49.99 – buy now