With only a few days left to go till the BIG DAY, there are always those last few gifts that you need to get to make sure you’re ready for Christmas. And those last few gifts are always for the people that are the hardest to buy for. Either they’re the ones that say ‘Oh no, don’t worry about getting me anything’, but are secretly thinking ‘You better get me something!’, or they’re the ones who are already looking for the receipt before they’ve even unwrapped it! So frustrating!
Well this year change all that and get a gift card! Now we know you’re all there probably thinking ‘That’s a rubbish gift to give!’ but oh contraire, we’re here to show you how actually this is a great gift to give this Christmas – and at any time of the year. Check out our top 10 reasons why a gift card is a great choice of present for a loved one:
So there you are; 10 excellent reasons why a gift card is a great gift to gift to someone this year. So whoever you’re buying for this year, remember to keep a gift card in mind.
Do you have any other reasons why a gift card is a great gift to give? Let us know in the comments below.
‘Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful’ – Norman Vincent Peale
With only a few days to go till the big day, here at Evans HQ we’re getting into the Christmassy mood. Sparkly decorations have been put up, party outfits have been planned, changed and planned again, and there’s more Christmas treats going round the office than you could shake a candy cane stick at.
There’s also a buzz round the office of what everyone is doing for Christmas this year. Who they’re spending it with, what they hope they get and most importantly; what fun things they’ll be getting up to during the festive season. So we’ve put together our guide for how to spend the holidays – the Evans way:
Inspiration to help you fill the 12 days of Christmas:
12: Head outside and find a Christmas market. There’s plenty to discover and lots of last-minute gift ideas to pick up ready for the big day. Plus it really gets you in the festive mood.
11: Experience the great British tradition of the pantomime. Get into the action, cheering for the heroes and booing the villains. With stories as old as time, like Cinderella, Jack & the Beanstalk and Aladdin, you’ll be sure to find a great panto near to you.
10: Get into the festive spirit with a Christmas movie marathon. Fun for all the family comes in the form of ‘Elf’, ‘Home Alone’ and ‘The Muppets Christmas Carol’ (although this has started some heated debates over which are best!) As the night draws in, romantic movies like ‘Love Actually’ and ‘The Holiday’ are great for snuggling up on the sofa in an onesie and eating loads of popcorn. And if the arguments over what film to watch are getting too much, just remember that the classics will stand the test of time like ‘The Santa Claus’, ‘White Christmas’ and ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’
9: Time to get more festive with some mulled wine. Nothing beats a home made mulled wine recipe, filled with cinnamon, clementines, lemons and nutmeg but for a fun update try a warming mulled cider. Full of all the Christmas favourites like cloves, star anise and orange, this is a great alternative for those aren’t that mad on wine. And for the kids, a great mulled apple juice will make them feel like one of the grown ups, minus the alcohol.
8: As the battle for the Christmas No.1 heats up, listen to a favourite Christmas album – it’ll be the perfect way to wile away a cold wintry afternoon, with a hot cup of coffee and a good book.
7: Head out for a winter walk. Nearby parks are beautiful this time of year, with snow (hopefully) on the ground and people enjoying the winter sunshine. We love Hyde Park in London, with all the animals roaming around and of course Winter Wonderland, but any park is great for a winter walk.
6: You’ve made that list and were sure that you had checked it twice, and then it happens. Thud! And on the doormat is a Christmas card, from your auntie’s sister-in-law’s cousin twice removed who you only met once and don’t remember giving your address to. It’s happened to us all, and now’s the time to write out those last few cards, scramble to find their address and nip down to the Post Office, to make sure they’re sent off before the last posting day. Here are the last UK posting dates so you can get it all done in time. 18th December – 2nd class posting, 20th December – 1st class posting, 23rd December – Special Delivery
5: As is the classic British tradition, we’re all hoping for a white Christmas this year. But even if it’s not, just as long as the weather doesn’t disrupt our travel plans we’ll be fine! With that in mind, we know that as soon as we see the first flurries of snow, we’ll be putting on our boots, wrapping up warmer than an open fire and braving the winter chill to go and play in the snow. We love building snowmen (or women, dogs and characters like Olaf!) and then accessorising them with some of our knits. A hat, scarf and gloves are standard, but how about adding a bit of sparkle with some earrings and a necklace? Who said a snowman can’t be stylish!
4: Spend some quality time with family and friends with an afternoon of games. We love Monopoly and Charades in the office, and family favourites like UNO, Trivial Pursuit and Mouse Trap are fantastic for getting some friendly rivalry going. But please remember… it’s only a game!
3: Rouse the spirits at a carol service, there’s bound to be one happening somewhere nearby at all sorts of times. Listen to choirs sing their hearts out to old favourites like ‘Silent Night’, ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ and ‘O Holy Night’. There’s no better way of getting into the Christmas mood.
2: Make sure that your stocking has been hung up so that Santa knows where to put all your wonderful presents! A really good tip we’ve learnt is to put the more bulky stocking fillers in first and then to fill up the gaps with all the smaller ones, and ones that are squishier. That way there’s more to unwrap and the stocking looks fit to burst.
1: It’s finally here! Christmas Day – it’s all been leading up to today and now all that hard work had paid off. Time to open those presents, clear up the mountains of wrapping paper (could have sworn that much wasn’t used this year!) and to welcome all the family for a day of fun, festivities and food.
And now relax – you’ve got through it, and can start planning what to get in the sales! Plus starting to look forward to the new season and the new trends. We’ll be covering those in a future post and we also have some new and exciting posts coming up in the next year.
So whatever your plans this Christmas, we hope you have a wonderful time and make sure to keep up to date with all the exciting trends and special offers we’ll have to bring in the new year!
Here at Evans HQ, we love to see how our customers rock plus size fashion and take their Evans must-haves and make them their own. From a rock chick styling Carmakoma with attitude to a vintage beauty queen in a picture perfect pencil skirt, we know that our customers have great style and taste.
So now it’s time to show your style credentials with #EvansStyleWins – and you could even win one of 4 £500 gift cards! Time to get your camera phones at the ready and read on for how to enter.
We’ll be doing some roundups of our favourite entries, and the lucky winners will be chosen on Christmas Eve!
And here are some of our top tips to getting an awesome picture:
- Make sure the lighting is good. It would be a shame if we couldn’t see your gorgeous outfit!
- Get a friend to take the picture, that way you can strike your fiercest pose. But if you are taking it in front of the mirror, just make sure that the phone doesn’t block the centre of the outfit. We want to see all those fab details and accessories.
- It needs be an Evans item you’re wearing or holding. Kill joys we know, but those are the rules!
- And smile!
If you need any more tips you can check out America’s Next Top Model winner Whitney Thompson giving us a masterclass in getting that perfect pose > http://po.st/Az2hAm
Let us know what your #EvansStyleWins is in the comments below…and don’t forget to enter!
With all the mad rush to get Christmas presents in full swing, there’s not always time to treat yourself. But here at Evans HQ we love to see how you style your top picks, and now in the run up to Christmas we want to see how you are styling yourselves fabulous! And to help make your Christmas really sparkle, we’ve got a cheeky little secret to share… Just follow these simple steps to bag yourself a style steal.
If you grab a copy of Closer magazine, on sale 2nd December you’ll find a little card similar to this. Alternatively you can print this page off, or take a screenshot on your phone:
Once you’ve done that, simply head into your local Evans, BHS, or Outfit store, and show this to our staff. You’ll then get a lucky scratchcard which will reveal your secret symbol. Show this to one of our staff to reveal your mystery discount, and voila – you’re ready to start shopping and bag yourself some bargains. To find your local store, try our store locator here: Store locator
Now for the technical bit – are you all listening?
This offer is running from the 2nd-16th December, and can only be redeemed in store.
Our teams are trained in shape styling, so can help you make the most of your mystery discount by helping you find the perfect item for your shape. And with their training in lingerie and shoe fitting, they’re on hand to get you party ready; head to toe. Whether you’re looking for some extra bits for your nearest and dearest, or just want to treat yourself (which you definitely should!) make sure you grab a lucky Evans scratchcard before they all go!
Let us know what’s your Evans style steal, and what’s on your Christmas wishlist from Evans this year in the comments below.
An on-trend winter coat is essential for braving the chill in style. Finding the right one for you can be an ordeal, so we’ve picked our favourite winter coats from the top 4 coat trends of the season.
A splash of colour can instantly liven up your outfit, and this shouldn’t be limited to what your wearing underneath! A colourful coat makes a statement – neon tones work well with dark shades, whilst a pastel colour complements a neutral outfit.
Evans Orange Longline Coat, £79.50
Evans Pastel Pink Collarless Coat , £75.00
The parka has been updated for AW14 with stunning lace details and warm metallic tones. Perfect for when the temperature drops, thow a parka over your winter look any you’re ready to step out in style! These two are definitely on our Christmas Wishlist.
Evans Red Two Tone Parka, £69.50
Get cosy in soft and snuggly faux fur. One of the key trends for AW14, go for full faux fur for a vintage Hollywood-inspired style or choose a coat with faux fur panels like this faux fur snood coat for a nod to the trend.
Evans Black Snood Faux Fur Coat, £79.50
The duster is an ideal day-to-night lightweight coat. A long duster coat adds a glamorous cover up over a simple dress, or team a shorter length duster jacket over separates. Bold colours make a statement in the grey, wintry weather.
Evans Cerise Pink Crepe Jacket, £35.00
Which winter coat do you have your eyes on? Would you go bold in bright colours or snuggle up in faux fur? Comment below!
Yesterday, the new Cut for Evans collections landed online and in our flagship Marble Arch store, and we couldn’t be more excited! For our second Cut For Evans collaboration, we teamed up with two brand new designers, Ellie Northway of Nottingham Trent and Eve Turley from Kingston University.
Selected by a judging panel including Trish Halpin (Editor at Marie Claire) Jess Spiring (Lifestyle Editor at Now Magazine), Laura Puddy (Stylist and Plus Size Columnist) and Georgina Horne (Fuller Figure, Fuller Bust Blog), the two designers were asked to create a 6 piece collection designed with a plus customer in mind.
Eve channelled vintage influences into her collection of knitwear, whilst Ellie’s vibrant kaleidoscopic prints were drawn from portraits of inspirational women throughout history.
A host of bloggers, fashionistas and our lovely customers joined us at our flagship Marble Arch Store for the Cut for Evans launch event, in association with Look Magazine. The fashion team from Look Magazine selected their most wanted pieces from the collection, whilst guests were treated to make up demonstrations and nail art whilst browsing the brand new pieces.
Actress Cheryl Fergison blows a Glitter Lips kiss!
Strike a pose!
Welcome to your VIP, Access All Areas tour of the Design Collective for Evans S/S15 catwalk show at London Fashion Week! Last week we showcased Evans’ Cut for Evans and COLLECTION designs alongside signature S/S15 looks from Clements Ribeiro, Giles Deacon, Hema Kaul, Lulu Liu, Jamie Wei Huang and Vita Gottlieb.
We’re taking you everywhere from the backstage models dressing room and front row fashion to an interview with Sir Philip Green and highlights from the world’s best plus size bloggers. So join us as fashion history was made with the first plus size fashion show at London Fashion Week.
Join the conversation on twitter and Instargram by following the tag #EvansCollective
Design Collective for Evans brings together a handpicked selection of renowned fashion designers, brand new breakthrough designers, the latest winners of the acclaimed Cut for Evans design competition and our exclusive in house designs. The exclusive catwalk event shows that high fashion is for all.
Watch the full catwalk show below
We’re still in love with the amazing pieces which were shown at the Design Collective for Evans S/S15 catwalk show last week. We’ve selected some of our favourite pieces from each designer – now we just have to wait until spring next year to add these pieces to our wardrobes!
Featuring Evans’ Cut for Evans and COLLECTION designs alongside signature S/S15 looks from Clements Ribeiro, Giles Deacon, Hema Kaul, Lulu Liu, Jamie Wei Huang and Vita Gottlieb.
Design Collective for Evans – Jamie Wei Huang S/S15
Design Collective for Evans – Cut for Evans S/S15
Design Collective for Evans – Cut for Evans S/S15
Design Collective for Evans – Vita Gottlieb S/S15
Design Collective for Evans – Lulu Liu S/S15
Design Collective for Evans – Clements Ribeiro S/S15
Design Collective for Evans – Evans S/S15
Design Collective for Evans – Hema Kaul S/S15
Design Collective for Evans – Giles Deacon S/S15
Which outfit is your favourite?
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Fashion galore, one fabulous Evans catwalk show, and 250 beautiful plus size people, last weekend we headed down to Leeds to for a fun filled weekend as the Plus North event.
If you are unaware of the Plus North, it is an annual extravaganza where brands, bloggers and plus size women all come together, connect, shop and celebrate plus size fashion. An intimate event, now in its third year, Plus North is a big deal in the plus-size fashion calendar.
The lovely Rosie from fashion blog: A rose like this, took over our Twitter and Instagram to show you the all the fun she had through her eyes.
Doesn’t Roise look gorgeous in her Evans Ensemble?
We have rounded up a few of our favourite pictures from the event below.
As you can see there was so much energy in the air.
Did you attend Plus North?
Let us know what you thought of the event.
Just incase you haven’t already gathered – we had a blast!
‘Till next year
Prints are thriving this season in every shape and form. From printed prom skirts, to printed jumpsuits the choice on offer or list is endless. Our key item amongst the printed pack this season is the printed trouser!
Ultra-stylish and incredibly versatile, the printed trouser is an essential for every stylish woman’s wardrobe. The best thing about this item is that most body shapes can buy into it, due to the wide range of styles on offer.
Parade the print in paisley print wide leg trousers; alternatively opt for a pretty floral pair in a tapered style.
Another great thing about the printed trouser is that is can be style up and down, and can be easily taking from day to night. If you are unsure on how to wear your printed trouser, check out the two outfit posts below for some style inspiration.
Our Grecian printed trousers landed on Evans.co.uk and in Evans stores this week,and they went down a storm. The striking print instantly elevates your look, and the timeless shapes of both items make for wear-forever pieces.
To balance out the boldness of the print, pair with simple separates in blue, black or white colours. For extra style points, team with the matching Grecian printed vest top, keeping accessories to a minimum. This look can be taken from day to night, by simply swapping flats to heels and adding red lipstick for maximum impact.
When an event calls for you to be casual but chic, the printed trouser is a great choice. For a fresh way to make a casual statement, our floral print trousers are a great option. Lightweight, with an elasticated waistband and a tapered leg, they are best teamed with simple separates. A pair of leather ballerina pumps will finish off the look nicely.