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I'm sympathetic since I want the spectator flats SO BADLY! However, after my first (and last) $$$$ overseas shoe ordering (and returning) experience (Duo), I do not think I'm going to risk ordering them.

I know weren't those shoes AMAZING? Most of the other items featured in the Beth Ditto article weren't really my style but there's something about that hoodie dress, the black dress and those incredible flats. They are calling out me!

Oooh, did you have a bad experience with duo? I've been lusting after their boots for about 7 months, but haven't ordered.

It wasnt disastrous, but the ones I ordered did not fit my foot well. I paid a good bit of money in postage to return them, but apparently I had scratched the sole of one boot (while trying them on briefly and indoors) and Duo was initially reluctant to refund my money! It all worked out ok in the end, but I didn't enjoy any part of that experience. Thus my hesitation persists even in the face of lovely spectator flats that match my mental image of a fantasy pair I've been looking for!

Good to know, thanks for sharing!

Not to go on and on, but I wanted to make it clear that I have nothing against Duo. They DO have strict policies on returns, but they have a wonderful selection and I *might* try again someday.

The clothes that I bought from Evans are of impeccable quality. I LOVE LOVE LOVE them! They fit wonderfully and are made of good material. Honestly, I think it's worth it.

Great - thank you so much. How did you find the sizing?

theres a little flag in the bottom left hand corner, it will take you to a page that tells you what the sizing is. :] the only thing that bums me out about evans is their prices. SOO expensive. :[

I love Evans! Every time I'm in the UK I stock up on clothes there. I think their fabric quality is amazing in most things.. and their designs are so so cute. I really wish they would open up a store in NY!
Their stuff fits me amazingly , better than any of the US plus size stores -- because I am apparently the perfect shape for their clothes.
They say if you are a US 18 you are a UK 22 (size up 2 sizes) but I basically have found that not to be true for me. Their jeans are cut differently from a torrid or LB and I find I actually take the same size or 1 size up.

I would use their detailed size guide http://www.evans.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/StaticPageDisplay?storeId=12553&catalogId=20554&identifier=ev1%20size%20guide
and measure yourself!!!!

Thanks for the input. I will check out their size chart and be very careful to order the right size. I do not want to have to return things!

When you say your body type is the perfect shape for their clothes - may I ask what your body type is? I'm bigger than you (a size 24/26), but I'd love to know what kind of body you feel like is suited towards you.

Rather what kind of body you feel like the clothes are suited for. :0

I've been shopping there for the last 4 years and have fluxed in size a lot from a 18-24 . Their clothes have been great in any size I've purchased them in.

It's kind of hard to describe my body type... but I will give it a go. I can't really say apple, pear or whatever.
Double D / D breasts with a waist up high and curves .. but once you hit where i wear my jeans (belly button) I am pretty straight down without many curves.
I wear a yellow in LB right fit jeans if you have tried those before. I have a total white girl european ass (not much of one) .. so most american plus size pants fall off my butt. If I want them to fit my legs/butt I can't close the button! and if I can close the button they are falling off my legs and butt. That is not so in the Evans pants so I would say they are cut for someone with a stomach , smaller butt and avg for their size legs.

As for the shirts... I think they really could fit many people. They have a lot of details like synched waist and ties and things like that to make it conform to your body and just hang off your curves nicely ...

This is really strange because I don't know a single person, myself included, who likes Evans. The quality of their clothes is mediocre at best and their sizing is wonky. I've never liked the style of their clothes and I think they're prices are too high.

Anytime I've been tempted inside one of the shops I leave frustrated and unhappy.

Oh no - that is too bad. I appreciate your input though.

I use it for basics, generally, but at this stage Evans and New Look are my only clothing options in the UK. I don't get much choice in the matter. I'll like one fancy piece out of a hundred.

Basics are ok with me. I just need some variety in my life. Do you have a US store equivalent that you know of so I can compare the quality?

Honestly I've never ordered anything directly from a US store, I wish I could help :(

yeah, i'm a fellow UKer and I hate evans most of the time! I've found their sizing weird as well, i ordered a few things online last year and some things were way too small and some were way too big, even though they were the same sizes :x and all the tops seem to be SO LONG/cut weirdly.

yeah same here. they sometimes have some okish stuff, but my local shop never has anything nice like i sometimes see on the website.

And why is it that they think that all larger women want to have cute cartoon characters or glittery pictures on their tops??? Ive never, ever understood that!

I agree! I have a pair of jeans from there that I adore, but for the most part, I feel like a lot of their stuff just isn't worth the price. It's a little like Lane Bryant for me in the US too...sometimes you get something fantastic, but you have to sort through all the crap to get there. I'm just not a fan.

Yeah, uh, I have no idea what's up with "impeccable quality!" because I bought a pair of trousers there a month ago, and the seam in the crotch just came apart of its own accord. And I've worn them like 5 times. For that quality, their prices are ridiculous.

Did you contact them for an exchange or refund?

It literally happened this morning, so no, I haven't.

You should, they are good at exchanges, I've found.

I find some things I love and some things I hate. At the moment, their stuff is almost all kind of horrifying to me. And I've never tried on an Evans skirt that wasn't a seriously weird shape.

I do, however, have a couple of seriously nice dresses from previous years.

That's odd, you're the first person I've ever heard say that about Evans.

Just my personal experience with Evans. *shrug*

I'm with you on this, I always have a look round the shop when I pass it, but I havent found anything I would even consider wearing for years.
Its all cut to fit an apple shape and the lengths vary with no warning! One tshirt I tried on was hovering around my belly button, and another in the same size AND STYLE just a different colour was halfway down my thighs. What gives?
And as for quality, its appalling for what they charge.
A few years back I got a nice evening dress from them. It didnt even last as far as the pub before the (knee length, so it wasnt even me catching on it) hem came down. Later in the evening one of the spaghetti straps decided to fall off too.
The shoes fall apart after a couple wearings too.
I just dont get it when people say this shop is brilliant! Its the worst I've ever seen, on every count.

I live in the UK and *adore* Evans clothes. I find they cut generously, so be aware of this, but the cut is impeccable and they use wonderful fabrics!
US shipping is reasonable, I think, at only £7.50....which is what? $10?
I promise you, if you try them, you'll love them!

Oh that's great! Thanks so much for the info. Yes, around $10 for shipping - which I suppose is not so bad (Duo's shipping is terribly expensive, but super fast). I'm really excited to try something new. I'm so tired of the same old Lane Bryant and Old Navy fabrics and styles. Every once in awhile I find something different at a place like Bloomingdale's or Macy's - but I need more variety! I literally have a closet full of the exact same jeans from Lane Bryant and I'm just bored of them.

I'm a pretty solid 26 right now with big boobs, a very big belly and no ass - what size do you think I should try at Evans?

Well Evans do up to a (UK) 32 so I'd go for the 28 maybe? They have some real fun clothes, colourful prints and regular, petite AND tall trousers, plus their underwear is great, and their shoes are all wide fit for fabulous fat feet.
Their running some great gypsy/boho summer stuff just now....I'm 6ft tall and just took delivery of a maxi dress from them, I lovelovelove it!!

In my experience, I'd say the clothes are about the same quality as Lane Bryant, that is to say, a bit over priced for what you get. I do have a really cute shrug from them, but I'd say the majority of the clothes from Evans are also about the same stylish wise as Lane Bryant, which is to say, not so much. When I was in the brick and mortar stores in London in January, I didn't even find anything I wanted to try on.

That said, I really liked their shoes. I had a great pair of wide calf boots from them once, that I eventually had to give up because they really were a bit too big in the foot. I'd buy more shoes from them, but there doesn't seem to be a perfect consistency to their sizes. In some styles I took a seven and some I took an eight.

I've never placed an order on their website. Most of my Evans purchases have been in store, by a friday sales post or eBay. I'm not sure I'd think it worthwhile to order from the website, but you can sometimes get a great deal on eBay.

I bought the absolutely most amazing winter jacket from them a few years ago. But beyond that I haven't had a lot of luck, either ordering online or visiting their stores when in the UK. But my sister bought a ton of stuff from them when we were in Ireland last fall, so I guess it all depends on personal taste.

I will say of the orders I placed online (probably around 6 total) I never received half of them. Chicago mail is the worst in the country and I've heard that Royal Mail to the states can be pretty bad (there isn't any tracking, I believe) but it was totally ridiculous. After 2 orders were supposedly lost in the mail, I placed an order and after a few days they cancelled it on me. I asked why and they said they didn't ship to the states, even though they had a few weeks earlier and it still said they did on their website. I don't want to be paranoid but it really seemed like they refused to either ship to me specifically or Chicago generally because of all the problems. I totally understand as they were probably losing a lot of money if this stuff was actually being lost in the mail but they obviously lied to me. Between that and the hassle of only receiving my stuff half the time, I haven't even tried to order form them since. When I did receive my things, shipping time was quick, about 5-7 business days, so pay attention and if you don't receive it in 2-3 weeks definitely contact them.

You can actually track UK > US mail with special delivery, but it is quite expensive, which is why we always ask for a Proof Of Postage certificate, sonwe can claim back the cost of the parcel should anything go wrong. Anyone not obtaining this is just asking for trouble!

I think Evans stuff is overpriced and weirdly sized!

The waist to hip ratio on their jeans/trousers is such that I can only imagine that they are designed for people with no defined waist (and skinny legs), since anything that I can manage to get over my hips, is about 6 inches too big on the waist band! In Lane Bryant right fit jeans, for example, I take a Blue 6, which fits me perfectly, yet in Evans I'm lucky if I can get a size 30 pair of jeans over my thighs, and even then I would have to take the waist in a lot!

I couldn't buy a button up shirt there, because they're cut fairly straight up and down again, so the size that fits my hips, swims every where else! And yet bizarrely, I've also tried shirts on which fit my hips perfectly, yet won't button shut over my chest!

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I haven't ordered any clothes from them yet, but I can tell you that the shoes are totally worth it. I have wide feet,and their shoes are great. They are trendy and made with quality materials. I haven't seen anything clothing wise to make the cost bearable yet, but I am sure that will all change when Beth Ditto's line comes out.

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