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Workwear For The New Season

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For many of us, most of our week is spent in an office, in front of a computer screen, tap, tap, tapping away. But this doesn’t mean that you can’t be professional and fashionable in an office environment. We’re taking a look at the workwear pieces you should be stocking up on to make your weekdays as stylish as your weekends.

 

1. The Classic White Shirt

The white shirt is a style staple that every woman should have in her wardrobe. It’s a versatile item and can be worn in so many ways. The crisp white contrasts with darker colours such as black, charcoal and navy, or tones down brighter, more citrus tones.

Evans Plus Size White Shirt

Evans White Workwear Shirt

 

2. The Tailored Jacket

A tailored jacket is a fashion must-have for your office wardrobe; with a simple twist it can take you from desk to dancefloor in no time at all. For an important meeting, team this jacket with a smart pair of black trousers and a white shirt. When the clock strikes five – it’s party time! Swap the shirt and trousers for a skater dress and tights, with stylish heels for a party ready look. Accessory wise, this is where you get to play with bold colourful pieces like a statement necklace.

Evans Plus Size Workwear Jacket

Evans Black Blazer

 

3. The Pencil Skirt

Pencil skirts are great for Hourglass and Busty shapes, as they draw the eye down the body and accentuate your waist. For an Apple shape, A-lines skirts are an ideal alternative as they skim your hips and drape over your curves beautifully. And for Pears, our Pear Fit trousers ensure you have a great fit without any compromise on style.

Evans Plus Size Pencil Skirt

Evans Lace Detail Pencil Skirt

 

Don’t forget, when it comes to your work wardrobe, you don’t need to be afraid of colour! This season’s tones of tangerine, lime and fuchsia are a great way to add splashes of colour amongst neutral and monochrome tones. A lime blouse under a charcoal jacket is perfect for the season – team with metallic accessories to combine classic style with a fashion forward attitude.

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Do you have any style tips for a work wardrobe? Share your style secrets in the comments.

 

Introducing… Luxe Safari

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We wanted to unleash our inner style animal, so added a wild flair to inspire this new collection; Luxe Safari.

This classic print has been given a new and exciting twist by being paired with bright and zesty citrus and neon hues. This will bring your wardrobe into the new season with a bang! Leopard print is a timeless print that works for all occasions, casually teaming it with jeans, flats and a comfy coat, to dazzling the crowds with embellishments, heels and fabulous attitude! We’ve added block placement on jersey tops, which is great for Pear shapes as it will bring focus up to the top half of the body and also the larger print will broaden the bust, balancing your shape.

 

Black Animal Print Jersey Swing Top

Black Animal Print Jersey Swing Top

For Apple and Busty shapes, tapered trousers are a great way to tap into this trend as the print will focus the attention on the bottom half of your body and the tapered effect will also show off your legs. For a fun formal look you can also team these trousers with the matching jacket for a fashion forward coordinated look. If you’re an Hourglass shape, as you can easily add a waist belt to the jacket to highlight and define your waist.

 

Monochrome Print Jacket

Monochrome Print Jacket

Black Animal Print Tapered Trousers

Black Animal Print Tapered Trousers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve added some surprise little details to delight and excite in this collection. Within the animal prints, there are small flecks of neon to add a sense of brightness to the print and to also add more interest as you walk. Our fun heart print top is a great example of this, with the monochrome pattern accented perfectly by the splashes of coral.

 

Heart Print Pleat Jersey Top

Heart Print Pleat Jersey Top

 

To brighten this collection and to bring it into the new season, we’ve added a sophisticated colour palette to tie in with the Luxe Safari theme. The subtle, delicate hue of coral we’ve gone for is great with animal print as it compliments that the contrasting print and bring a sense of delicateness. This colour will see you through to the summer, with many collections likely to feature this, helping you to stay one step ahead of the fashion crowd. Our other injection of colour comes in the form of neon brights. This is great for the new season as it helps wakes up your winter wardrobe, and can give a new lease of life to any outfit. Limes, yellow, orange and pink are the shades to look for as this works great with animal prints. We especially love the lime and orange drop shoulder cardigans as a new take on cover ups, as these give a relaxed, fun feel to any outfit.

Lime Green Drop Shoulder Cardigan

Lime Green Drop Shoulder Cardigan

Orange Drop Shoulder Cardigan

Orange Drop Shoulder Cardigan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do you love from the Luxe Safari collection? Is it driving wild with excitement for your new season wardrobe? Let us know in the comments!

 

Introducing… Folklore

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The new season starts with our new trend Folklore. This collection is all about reworking classic bohemian prints and feminine colour palettes to bring your new season up to date. The folk trend has been huge on the catwalks and street styling, as it’s a trend that can easily mix with other styles to give it a modern twist. Designers such as Alexander McQueen, Dolce & Gabbana and Rodarte filled their shows with folk inspired pieces, taking inspiration from fairy tales to hand crafts. So we took our favourite elements and created Folklore.

The prints are bold in shape and pattern, but the variation in sizing and placement make them much more contemporary and light for the spring.  Florals continue to be a huge influence across the high street, and our take on the florals is scaled back and sized up to make sure that it is a focal point to any outfit.

Grey & Pink Printed Top

Grey & Pink Printed Top

Grey Floral Textured Top

Grey Floral Textured Top

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making sure that we take you through into the new season, we wanted to tap into the new colour trend of pastel and sorbet shades. This colour palette is delicate and feminine and a great new take on the folk trend, as traditionally folk styles are darker in colour palettes. This new ladylike focus means that Folklore can be worn with a number of classic styles, and will fit in perfectly with your wardrobe to give it a fresh update for 2015.

This trend is all perfect for layering and all our pieces in this collection are perfect for teaming up to together.  Core items such as soft touch tunics can be teamed up with lightweight knits to put a new spin on layering, and you can even double up the knits, by pairing the lightweight knits with the must have feather cardigan. This piece adds a dash of fun to this collection and is perfect for adding a new texture into your wardrobe.

Pink Feather Cardigan

Pink Feather Cardigan

Taupe Jeggings

Taupe Jeggings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to wear

For Apples shapes, the open cardigans will be great for you as these work well with style staples such as classic T-shirts and skater dresses as this will create a central column of colour and pattern that will draw the eye down the body. Jeggings and straight leg jeans are perfect with this trend, and suit both light and darker denim washes.

Busty shapes can benefit from the sorbet shades, as this will flatter curves and the open necklines and shapes will flatter the bust and also help to balance the top half of the body. As this can be teamed with a range of shades, brighter hues for skirt and trousers are perfect for Busty shapes, as they will draw the eye down the body.

Hourglass shapes can play around with lots of layering with this trend, and by adding a waist belt, will bring in and define the waist. Try mixing and clashing patterns to add a fun twist to this trend, and teamed with darker accessories to add a touch of the old school folk style.

Lime Green Stitch Detail Jumper

Lime Green Stitch Detail Jumper

Pink Jeggings

Pink Jeggings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This trend is fantastic for Pear shapes, as the softer, lighter colours on top are great for creating focus on the top half of the body and the open hems will flatter the tummy and hips. Try teaming the layered effect with big statement necklaces and scarves to add to the folk style and also create focus points away from the hips.

It’s time for you to start your new fashion story with Folklore.

 

How to … Style an Apple shape

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At Evans HQ we are passionate about plus size shape and style. We have been pioneers within the plus size market since the 1930’s are committed to making sure that all plus size women look and feel amazing!

Fun fact:

Did you know that over 40% of our customers at Evans are Apple shape? That’s a lot of apples!

So we’re going to go through, step by step, what this shape means and what works well with it. These are just tools that we want to equip you with so that you can shop with confidence; they’re not concrete rules that can never be broken (because let’s face it, we are definitely a bunch of rule-breakers!)

The shape

Apple shapes are just that… apple shaped. So normally you’ll find that your bust and shoulders are narrower than your hips, and that your waist and hips are a similar size ending in narrower legs. What we want to try and do here is create the illusion of a waist and be able to draw the eye down the body, so that the focus is taken away from the tummy area and focused more instead on the shoulders, upper bust and legs.

 

Style essentials

Let’s start at the top! You want to try and create a line across the bust and top of the arms as this will broaden your bust and help to balance your shape. Cap sleeves are great for this and for necklines, something like a V-neck or scoop neck will also create a focal point around the bust and help to broaden it. This will also help to open up your décolletage area, which will draw the eye up the body.

Tops and dresses that have panels in the centre of them are great for Apple shapes as this will break up your mid section and help to create a waist. You can create this effect by layering with open shirts and cardigans. Chevron patterns are great for you as this pattern points downwards, which will draw the eye into the centre of the body, giving more of an impression of a waist.

Similarly empire lines are good for your shape as the fabric underneath the bust will drape and skim over your tummy and hips. Tunics and skater dresses can achieve this and you can also try A-line shift dresses as this will both skim your tummy and hips, and broaden your bust and shoulders.

Mustard Yellow Contrast Vest

Mustard Yellow Contrast Vest

Ivory Daisy Jacquard Duster Jacket

Ivory Daisy Jacquard Duster Jacket

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Navy Pleat Front Top

Navy Pleat Front Top

Stone Honeycomb Detail Cardigan

Stone Honeycomb Detail Cardigan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When choosing jeans and trousers, you can show off your legs as this will draw the eye down the body and take the focus away from the tummy area. We have a great selection of jeggings, jeans and trousers with slim fit or straight legs. Tapered styles are great for Apple as these will be more comfortable around your tummy and hips, and as they become narrower as they go down the leg they will draw the focus down the body. A good tip here is to wear bright coloured shoes as this will bring focus to your legs, and a good pair of shoes will always be in style!

Midwash Ultra Stretch Jeans

Midwash Ultra Stretch Jeans

Scarlett & Jo Black Floral Panel Dress

Scarlett & Jo Black Floral Panel Dress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Multicoloured Tile Print Tapered Trousers

Multicoloured Tile Print Tapered Trousers

 

In terms of accessories big statement pieces are great for creating focal points around different areas of your body and help to draw away attention from your tummy and hips. A fun new twist to any formal outfit would be a pair of statement earrings, as this will bring the focus to your face, and statement earrings are going to be the new season must have accessory.  We love bold, statement pieces and cuffs are a quick and easy way of taking an outfit from day to night. A good tip here is to clash colours with whatever top you’re wearing as this will break up your body shape, when you have your arms at your side the difference in tones will help to balance your shape.

These are a just a few tools you can use to style yourself fabulous! And remember, we have a dedicated Apple section on the site with some of our top picks for this shape and this is updated regularly.  Check it out here >

What are your top styling tips for Apple shapes? What have you discovered that works perfectly for your shape? Let us know in the comments below!

 

The Evans 2014 Review: Style has no size requirements!

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So now that all the presents have been opened, the wrapping paper cleared away and finally the last of the turkey used in some kind of leftover recipe (our personal favourites are turkey curry and turkey, basil and sweet potato pie), it’s time to sit back, relax and think over what’s happened in the past year. Here at Evans HQ we’ve been going through all the different things we’ve done this past year and wow what a year it has been for us! So much has happened it’s made our heads spin, so here’s a round up of this past year as told by us: January We were super excited to let you all know in January that we were going to be the title sponsor for the British Plus Size Fashion Weekend.

British Plus Size Fashion Weekend 2014

British Plus Size Fashion Weekend 2014

Trend wise, we were into motif jumpers and daisy prints to kick start our new season wardrobes. It was also really exciting for us to share all the amazing Evans outfits we had seen some great bloggers wearing in January.

We went motif jumper crazy in January

We went motif jumper crazy in January

The first trend of 2014 - daisy print!

The first trend of 2014 – daisy print!

February We were definitely feeling the love this month, with Valentine’s Day and with the super cute lingerie we had on offer. But the big highlight this month for us was the British Plus Size Fashion Weekend. The event ran over the weekend of the 14th February and on the Saturday we were the head sponsor, which was really exciting for us. And at our press launch, we unveiled our cutting edge project ‘Cut for Evans’. We asked fashion students to design a range for the plus size market, and our 2 lucky winners had their ranges made and sold in store and online! We also showcased our fab S/S14 ranges, with collections from Scarlett & Jo, Collection and our core range, showing celebs, bloggers and the public what to expect that spring from Evans. We had some very special models walking in our show, America’s Next Top Model Whitney Thompson (wearing a very cute Collection dress), Liris Crosse (in Scarlett & Jo) and model of the moment Hayley Hasselhoff in Cut for Evans. We also gave everyone the opportunity to be measured and styled for their shape by our fabulous team of shape advisors, fresh from store and ready to style up a storm!

Whitney Thompson wearing Collection

Whitney Thompson wearing Collection

Liris Crosse wearing Scarlett & Jo

Liris Crosse wearing Scarlett & Jo

Hayley Hasselhoff wearing Cut for Evans

Hayley Hasselhoff wearing Cut for Evans

March In March, we launched an exciting new video series called ‘Style for Your Shape Studio’. We asked some prominent figures in the plus size fashion world to come in and showcase their favourite trends and how to style yourself fabulous! With contributors such as plus size blogger Margie Ashcroft, America’s Next Top Model Whitney Thompson, Cosmo journalist Laura Puddy and Gok’s Fashion Fix’s very own Brix Smith-Start, there was someone for everyone with great hints and tips given for every shape and occasion.

Our new Style For Your Shape Studio

Our new Style For Your Shape Studio

April This month, we were pining for the sun so thought we’d get ready for the summer by launching our swimwear range. With plenty of nautical styles perfect for any beach or pool, we also introduced new styles of bikini, tankini and swimdresses with clever support features to make sure you look your best when you step out of the pool.

Brix Smith Start for Style For Your Shape Studio

Brix Smith Start for Style For Your Shape Studio

We also had the lovely Brix come in and film another episode for our ‘Style for your shape studio’ where she showed how to wear bright colours for all skin tones and shapes. This kind of advice is great all year round, so take a look at the video here. May Getting into the summer mood this month, and we were definitely into our bright colours, with our ‘Festival of colour’ trend helping to make our summer outfits pop with colour. We also launched our Dress shop and Sun shop to help you get everything you need for your very well-deserved summer breaks away. Whether you were flying high to a sunny coast or having a city staycation, we showed you a variety of outfits, perfect for all occasions, from beach to bar, and coast to city.

Style For Your Shape Studio with Women's Own Pamela Moore and competition winner Lucy Mae Smith

Style For Your Shape Studio with Women’s Own Pamela Moore and competition winner Lucy Mae Smith

We were jumping up and down with excitement in the office when we found out we had been nominated as Best Curvy Collection in the Lorraine High Street Fashion Awards. And the excitement continued when our winner of the Woman’s Own competition was announced as Lucy-Mae Smith, who then came in to star in very own Style for your shape studio video with Women’s Own Paula Moore. They looked at how to perfectly pack your holiday case, and the ideal holiday wardrobe. June In this month, the bloggers took over! First we had the amazing Nadia Aboulhosn talk about her favourite pieces of our jewellery and show us how she styles them to perfection. Read the interview here

Alissa from blog Stylish Curves rocking it at Full Figure Fashion Week in NYC

Alissa from blog Stylish Curves rocking it at Full Figure Fashion Week in NYC

We also went stateside to join in with Full Figured Fashion Week in New York! The fabulous Alissa from Stylish Curves was our eye on the ground, capturing all the fun moments from behind the scenes, and showing us some fantastic US attitude in Evans outfits. And we got our shop on, with Shop & Swap organised by the gorgeous Kellie B, Nadia Aboulhosn and Margie Ashcroft. This event was a chance for the general public to snap up pieces they had enviously spotted on their favourite style blogs, and we also treated them to an exclusive look at our A/W14 collection. July July saw us welcome back some old friends, and introduce some new ones. We brought back the brand Lovedrobe, with its pretty floral prints and bright hues, this is brand that can you from day to night, and we spotted the fab Hanna from hannawears and Callie from the corners of the curve rocking 2 looks that we just had to share with you. We also welcomed a new brand, Koko by Koko into the Evans family. This brand’s feel for European catwalk trends inspire delicate detailing and feminine styles that are perfect when you’re dressing for the summer. Hanna again totally smashed it with her look, teaming the lemon yellow daisy dress with pastel accessories to keep the outfit bright and summery. Another new brand we showcased was Carmakoma, the Dutch plus size label with a rock star attitude and stylish fit.

Hanna from Hanna Wearslooking gorgeous in Lovedrobe

Hanna from Hanna Wearslooking gorgeous in Lovedrobe

Trend wise, we were obsessed with striped florals this month. The edginess of the striped bases with the delicate and feminine nature of the printed florals made us feel like summer had truly arrived, and this trend was something that we could dress down for effortlessly casual cool, or dress up for any formal occasion. And we got nominated for another award! This time the Prima High Street Awards nominated us for Best for Curves category. So July was definitely a busy month for us! August Brix was back again with another style how to video for our Style for your Shape studio series. This time she was looking at the item of the summer; the kimono. She showed us how to take this hard-working piece and layer it up with lots of different outfits for a stylish look to carry through into the autumn.

Our print of the summer!

Our print of the summer!

We were also completely and utterly obsessed with print, especially printed trousers. This trend was very versatile and a style staple for any summer wardrobe. You could take a classic white tee and instantly put a modern spin on it by pairing it with some printed trousers. And with the variety of Grecian, graphic and floral prints, we were spoilt for choice of which to wear.

Grecian print was huge for the summer, it went with everything!

Grecian print was huge for the summer, it went with everything!

And then we were getting ready for the new season, seeing how cosy casuals would be flooding our wardrobes, and what other lovely trends would be coming in the upcoming months to tempt and treat us. September We were out and about lots this month, first at Plus North in Leeds. The lovely Rosie from plus size blog ‘A Rose Like This’ took over our Twitter and Instagram to get us the inside scoop behind the event, and to see all the amazing outfits that these super stylish plus size ladies put together for us. They loved the new season collections we had on display for them to have an exclusive preview of, and then we partied the night away!

Rosie from A Rose Like This getting us all the backstage gossip from Plus North!

Rosie from A Rose Like This getting us all the backstage gossip from Plus North!

This was probably the most exciting thing we did this year, and by this point we were about fit to burst trying to keep this secret. For the first time ever at London Fashion Week, Evans put on the debut plus size catwalk show, Design Collective. Our venue was buzzing with bloggers, fashion journalists and celebs all waiting for the show to start. The lights went down, the beat started and some of the most gorgeous plus size models in the industry strutted their stuff down the runway in an exclusive showcase of our new Cut for Evans and COLLECTION ranges, plus incredible exclusive designs for Evans by influential designers Clements Ribeiro, Giles Deacon, Hema Kaul, Lulu Liu, Jamie Wei Huang and Vita Gottlieb, showing us all what is going to be hot for S/S15.

Design Collective Cut for Evans S/S15

Design Collective Cut for Evans S/S15

Design Collective S/S15 Evans range

Design Collective S/S15 Evans range

Design Collective Collection by Evans S/S15

Design Collective Collection by Evans S/S15

Cosmo magazine were also showing us the love this month, as they chose their favourite pieces to create the ‘Cosmo Loves edit’, featuring all the much needed trends for the autumn. Drop waists, biker jackets and Chelsea boots were the top looks and showed us how to rock any occasion for the new season. Part of the Evans DNA is our passion and commitment to ensuring that every women looks and feels amazing, with style that is suited to her shape. We relaunched our Shape section, with an easier way to find your shape, and more helpful hints and tips to make sure that you find the right style to suit your shape. You can check out our Do You Know Your Shape section here. October In October we were really into our coats, mainly because it was starting to get chillier but also because we were obsessed with our new styles, with the deep jewel tones and collarless styles, perfect for autumnal layering, especially as the weather couldn’t quite decide what it was doing!

Orange Longline Duster Coat - one of the top trends for coats in the autumn

Orange Longline Duster Coat – one of the top trends for coats in the autumn

After the huge success of our first Cut for Evans collection, we launched our second release of the collection, this time with winners Ellie Northway and Eve Turley and their stunning collections of futuristic prints and dynamic knits. We launched the collection with a great party at our Marble Arch store, complete with DJ, drinks, nail bar and catwalk for all the lovely bloggers and party guests to rock the new collection with attitude. Judging by these pictures, we think a good time was had by all!

Hanna from Hanna Wears showing us how it's done at the launch of Cut for Evans

Hanna from Hanna Wears showing us how it’s done at the launch of Cut for Evans

November We were getting party season ready this month, with the help of some of our favourite bloggers. Danielle Vanier, Georgina Horne and Callie Thorpe showed us their top picks for the party season, and how to style for your shape. We got so many ideas from that video, and we couldn’t wait to start the party season in style. Check out their video here

Gabi Fresh giving us her top styling tips with accessories

Gabi Fresh giving us her top styling tips with accessories

Keeping on the blogger trend, the fabulous Gabi Fresh came in to show us how to add those finishing touches top any outfit to take you to the top of the style stakes. It’s worth taking a peek at her video to get some tips, especially with New Year’s Eve parties just around the corner. We also introduced another great brand into the Evans family this month; Little Mistress. We fell head over heels in love with their party pieces, and all the glitter and embellishments made our eyes sparkle with delight at the thought of all the heads that would be turning as soon as we strutted onto the dancefloor at the Christmas party! December Now the party season was in full swing here, and we were making sure that not only were we ticking off all the things we needed to get for our nearest and dearest, but also guarantying that our party outfit would make us the belle of the ball. We also had another of our #EvansStyleWins competitions returning. We’ve loved seeing all the entries come in with all the fun and awesome outfits that you’ve been styling (plus a lot of onesies making us all want to snuggle down on the sofa in one watching a movie!)

Little Mistress - perfect for the party season!

Little Mistress – perfect for the party season!

So that was our 2014, it’s flown past but we’ve loved every single second of it. Plus now we’re looking forward to the new season and all the new exciting trends that we’ll be getting in. We’ll be posting lots more in the New Year about the new season and what your wardrobe essentials will be, so keep checking back with us. And as 2014 comes to a close, all of us at Evans HQ would like to wish you a Happy New Year and a great start to 2015!

 

Why gift a gift card?

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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:

 

Give a gift card this Christmas with Evans

Give a gift card this Christmas with Evans

 

  1. It makes a great stocking filler, as its lightweight and can easily fit into any small little gap that might have been left by all the chocolate coins, nail varnishes and small joke presents that make a stocking a great way to start your Christmas day.
  2. Did you know that our gift cards last for 2 years? That means that you can give that special someone a gift card, knowing that they can spend it as and when it suits them.
  3. With our gift cards you can use them in store and online, so there’s plenty of ways that they can spend that lovely gift, anytime and anywhere.
  4. You can also top the gift card up with more money, so if they’d loved having the gift card as a Christmas present, you can then add to it for their birthday, anniversary or just because it’s a Tuesday. You can surprise them whenever by adding to this great gift.
  5. If you’re worried about getting the wrong size for someone, then a gift card is perfect as they’ll be the one buying the item so they’ll get the right size. So when you think about it, by proxy you’ll end up getting the right size for them? Clever eh?
  6. You can order a gift card for a loved one and have it delivered by post, so it’s a nice little surprise that arrives on their doormat. And the best things do come in small packages. You can put any amount on, from £1 to £300 so it’s great for all budgets and you can choose whatever amount you like. Remember you can always top it up for them if you wanted to.
  7. You can also email a gift card to someone as a fun gift to appear in their inbox. You can add up to £100 with this method and it gets sent out the next day, so perfect if you’re reading this at 3pm on Christmas Eve!
  8. You also have the option to print off your gift card so if you want to add it as a surprise to present to them on Christmas day you can. With this method you can add up to £100 and choose 1 of 3 designs and add a personal message so it’s super special.
  9. If you’re really unsure what the person would like, or they’re difficult to buy for or you’re incredibly stuck on what to get your Secret Santa person this year, then a gift card would be the ideal gift to give.
  10. And last but by no means least; you don’t have to get a gift card for someone for Christmas. You can get someone a gift card all year round. These make great presents for a person’s birthday, a wedding gift, anniversary gift or just giving it to someone just because you want to.

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.

 

Tis the season…

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‘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.

 

Teal Embellished Top

Teal Embellished Top

Little Mistress Cream and Black Embellished Dress

Little Mistress Cream and Black Embellished Dress

Scarlett & Jo Black Prom Dress

Scarlett & Jo Black Prom Dress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Purple Reindeer Jumper

Purple Reindeer Jumper

Grey Faux Fur Trim Wrap

Grey Faux Fur Trim Wrap

Purple Christmas Poncho

Purple Christmas Poncho

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Black & Cream Fairisle Scarf

Black & Cream Fairisle Scarf

Black & Cream Fairisle Gloves

Black & Cream Fairisle Gloves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

Rhinestone Cluster Necklace

Rhinestone Cluster Necklace

Facet Bead Chandelier Earrings

Facet Bead Chandelier Earrings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 

 

#EvansStyleWins … it’s back!

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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.

  1. Take a picture of you in your Evans must-have (or holding it up if you spot it in store)
  2. Either upload it directly to www.evans.co.uk/stylewins and enter your details
  3. Or upload it to your Twitter or Instagram account, tag @evansclothing and use the hashtag #EvansStyleWins, and then follow the link sent to you to enter for the competition.
Upload your picture and enter for the chance to win a £500 giftcard!

Upload your picture and enter for the chance to win a £500 giftcard!

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!

 

Winter Wardrobe update with an Evans scratchcard

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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:

Print this off or show on your phone to our staff to get your scratchcard

Print this off or show on your phone to our staff to get your scratchcard

 

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.

 

The Top 4 Winter Coat Trends For 2014

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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.

Colour Pop

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

Evans Orange Longline Coat, £79.50

 
Evans Coral Collarless Coat Pastel Pink
 

Evans Pastel Pink Collarless Coat , £75.00

 
 

The New Parka

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 Dark Grey Lace Print Parka Coat £79.50

 Evans Dark Grey Lace Print Parka Coat, £79.50

 
Evans Red Two Tone Parka, £69.5
 

 Evans Red Two Tone Parka, £69.50

Faux Fur

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 Faux Fur And Boucle Coat £85.00

Evans Black Faux Fur And Boucle Coat, £85.00

Evans Black Snood Faux Fur Coat, £79.5

 Evans Black Snood Faux Fur Coat, £79.50

The Duster

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 Blue Daisy Jaquard Duster Jacket £38.00

Evans Blue Daisy Jaquard Duster Jacket, £38.00

 
Evans Cerise Pink Crepe Jacket  £35.00

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!

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