Zara is a firm favourite amongst the Wear Next team, but how does it fare when it comes to plus size fashion?
While it recently came under fire for its designer dupes, there’s no denying that it’s a much more affordable alternative than shelling out hundreds or even thousands on a luxury item.
While many shop at Zara for its affordability, another struggle many women face when trying to find decent clothes is size inclusivity. So where does Zara stand?
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.
Keep scrolling for what I found out.
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Does Zara have a plus size range?
Sadly 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.
While it’s less than ideal, Zara’s accessories and footwear also work for any body.
Which brands offer plus size collections?
Aside from Zara, Mango offer a super stylish plus-size line. While many high street stores dedicated to plus size women can often be frumpy, Violeta by Mango is just as chic as its main line.
For the biggest variety and choice, try ASOS Curve.