Last night we rolled out the red carpet for our official launch party for the opening of our brand new Marble Arch store on London’s Oxford Street. We teamed up with Look Magazine to hold a reader event in store to showcase our new flagship store.
As well as having the opportunity to check out our new store layout and design, shoppers also had the chance to chat to designer duo Clements Ribeiro about their collections with Evans. Bloggers and shoppers loved asking the designers about what inspires the collections and how they feel about being the first plus size highstreet collaboration designers.
There were also limited edition goody bags to take away and a luxury nail bar, as well as fizz and macaroons to keep everyone going. A 20% discount on any purchases made on the night meant that the changing rooms were very busy.
Look photographers were also on the hunt for people to take part in their Street Style shoots, so lots of people were dressed to impress and got snapped.
Have you been to the new store? What did you think?
Autumn is definitely in the air, and while it’s cold outside , we’re enjoying those last rays of sunshine! But at least that means great autumn fashion statements can be made. In this installment of autumn fashion, we focus on the versatile and classic knee high boots and what outfits to wear them with.
This autumn fashion trend is one that has staying power and comes out season after season. Knee high boots look equally great with jeans, leggings, or a skirt. Evans offers knee high boots extra wide (EEE) fittings, with some styles also available in wide (E), all in sizes 4-10.
For an absolutely classic autumn look, pair a cosy knitted dress or jumper with a blazer/coat, snood scarf, leggings or jeans and Brown Leather Riding Boots. This outfit is perfect for Saturday afternoons in snug cafes or Sunday lunch with the family. Leggings, jeggings, or these pink stretch straight leg jeans will allow you to tuck them into the boots for a really chic look. This Live Unlimited biker jacket adds a soft toughness to the outfit and this purple knit lurex snood keeps it casual and cosy. You can contrast the colour of knit jumper and jeans to suit your mood too, we offer different washes of jeans and plenty of choice when it comes tojumpers, too!
Black knee high boots can certainly be office-wear. A pretty purple bumble hem top matched with a pencil skirt is a smart look, made extra stylish with the addition of these Black Chunky Long Boots. Throw on one of our autumn coats and dash out the door!
Knee high boots at Evans come in extra wide sizes and many have adjustable calf widths that stretch to fit you perfectly. These are outfits to inspire you, but don’t stop here. Evans has a huge selection of knee high boots. Whether you’re looking for biker boots, riding boots, high heeled boots, with or without zips, the choice is endless. Click here to shop Evans knee high boots.
When you think of autumn, lingerie may not be the first thing to pop into your mind, right? But just what is lingerie to you? It’s the foundation of any outfit you’ll ever wear. It can make or break any top or dress. This season Evans offers lingerie in warm colours and smooth fabrics to keep you feeling great under those coats and layers.
As the weather changes and the days feel shorter the to-do lists seem never ending. Work, school, kids, partners - it goes on and on, it’s easy to forget about yourself. But it’s important to take the time to make sure you’re wearing the right bra. Our shape advisors in store can help fit the perfect bra for you so there won’t be any pulling up straps or readjusting as you rush from one appointment to the next. Or visit our bra shop online at Evans.co.uk.
Decide how you want your finished outfit to appear, then pick a lingerie set or separates that will achieve your desired look. Whether you want firm and controlled, a natural finish or if you want to accentuate your bust, we have all the styles you’ll ever need. An extra special set like this Lace Trim Satin Underwired Balcony Bra is the perfect choice for a special occasion or as an everyday pick me up. Treat yourself to something fabulous and you’ll feel fabulous.
Evans offers an array of plus size lingerie no matter your shape or lingerie needs. No matter the weather either - come rain or wind, our lingerie will keep you feeling great.
Coats might just be the best thing about autumn. Braving chilly winds and keeping showers off your shoulders, a good coat is an absolute essential. Classic styles blend with modern shapes in the Evans autumn coat collection for a wide array of colours, styles and fits.
The classic duffle coat is re-imagined for the modern day with this Purple And Black Check Duffle Coat and with this Berry Duffle Coat. The toggle-fastenings can lay open on warmer days but when the temperature dips, they fasten up nicely to keep you covered. This Evans duffle coat is made modern with a stylish check pattern in purple and black and with an on-trend berry shade. This coat is perfect for Apples and Pear shapes, as the main detail is above the bust.
Stylish, warm and shower proof, the wax coat is fast becoming a classic. This Navy Hooded Wax Coat is perfect for autumn, but will see you all through winter too. With a hood, pocket features and a zip and popper fastening it perfcet for long walks in the country or shopping trips in town.
Dodge those stubborn showers in this gorgeous Grey Lightweight Jacket. Although lightweight and easy to grab when you’re on the go, it still has bags of style and, thanks to the drawstring waist and hood, is a fresh spin on a classic. Versatile, affordable, comfortable, and durable, it is easy to see why macs and parkas has never been out of style.
From lightweight to super warm and cosy, Evans offers a range of plus size coats for you to choose from.
Whether you’re Pear, Apple, Busty or Hourglass, we’ve got the perfect head to toe looks for you. We’ve added even more outfits that are put together specially for each body shape.
You can visit our shape section at Evans.co.uk to find out your shape if you’re not sure which shape you are, then you can go to our Pear, Apple, Busty or Hourglass sections for outfit ideas, tips and hints, and items that will really work for you and your shape.
This tailor made shape services gives you the chance to take the guess work out of what items will suit you best. But as always, if you love an item that isn’t listed as for your shape, wear it, as nothing works better for your shape than confidence.
Wide leg trousers can range from super casual, everyday trousers to glamourous evening wear. There’s just something about them that just makes you walk a little taller and feel stylish and elegant, isn’t there? It’s the sleek lines they create, their femininity and the confidence you feel wearing them. But for day or night, we’ll show you two ways to wear wide leg trousers.
Wide leg trousers, like these Grey Jersey Extra Wide Trousers, will make a weekend getaway or a shopping trip extra chic, and work perfectly on Apple shapes. Adding a printed top like the Evans tree and leaf print top and a simple greyBoyfriend Cardigan will finish off the look. Add some height to the look with these Black Suede Lace Wedge Boots and you’re good to go.
For a stunning nighttime take on wide leg trousers, go bold with a bright colour trouser and add a white or black fitted top with a touch of metalic, like this Black Stud Detail Top. Complete the look with this sleek Wrap Coat and these Black Glitter Court Shoes. This look is great for Pear and Hourglass shapes thanks to the belted coat, so you’ll feel super stylish and ready for a night out.
What’s your favourite outfit?
We had an amazing time at Full Figured Fashion Week in New York in June and we’re thrilled we can share with you some of the gorgeous images from Full Figured Fashion Week 2012 catwalk where we showcased pieces from the Autumn Clements Ribeiro ‘Swan’ for Evans collection.
See just how some of the looks from the Clements Ribeiro ‘Swan’ collection look on the gorgeous models from this plus size event, Full Figured Fashion Week. Showing some great ideas for how to style the look and what accessories to team with the Autumnal outfits, like adding a colour-pop belt to a monochrome dress, or tucking in a loose fit top to pajama style pants to create a jumpsuit feel.
You can find out more about the collection or shop the collection at Evans.co.uk or at these UK stores:
Lakeside Shopping Centre, Bluewater, The Trafford Centre, Meadowhall, Castle Court Shopping Centre, Glasgow Argyle Street, Metro Centre Gateshead, Leeds White Rose, Plymouth, Liverpool, Cardiff, Croydon, Westfield London White City, Broughton Park, Fosse Park, Merry Hill, Pavilions Shopping Centre Birmingham and Oxford Street BHS.
The Evans Autumn Catalogue is finally here and we can all see what we’ll be wearing for the coming autumnal months. Whether you want a guide to the brand new wide fit shoes from Evans, a quilted or wax jacket that will see you through to Christmas, or to check out our latest coloured jeans and jeggings, it’s all there in the new catalogue.
The catalogue is jam packed with gorgeous outfits for Autumn, but most of all we want to introduce you to our best ever shoe range. We’ve squeezed in as many gorgeous shoes and boots as we can, from biker boots and riding boots, to pretty pumps, all our wide fit shoes and adjustable calf width boots offer style and maximum, day long comfort.
With rich, Autumn shades and outfit ideas for day time and night looks mixed with our body shape outfit guides, you can find the latest plus size styles and how best to wear the current looks for your body shape. Throughout the catalogue, you’ll find great tips and ideas for how to dress for your shape, including our Fitted For ranges for Busty and Pear, the perfect pub lunch outfit and a striking office look.
Click here to shop the Evans Autumn Catalogue.
We mentioned in August that our flagship store is moving to a new location on Oxford Street, and we’re already working on your new Evans Marble Arch store. In case you were wondering what’s happening behind the scenes and want the inside scoop on the latest news and events from our brand new Marble Arch store, we’ve asked the Central London Area Manager, Nicole Shelley, for all the up to date news - including the launch party!
How long have you been working for Evans?
I joined just over a year ago and started as the Central London Area Manager. I look after 26 stores across central London and Essex.
How did you come to be Area Manager for Evans?
I started my career in retail as a Christmas Temp and worked my way up to area manager. When I worked in store I loved helping customers, especially when customers came in with a particular occasion in mind and I was able to help them find a top-to-toe outfit that they loved wearing and made them feel great.
Being Area Manager means I still have the chance to help customers but in a different way. I help them by developing staff to be great Store Managers and Shape Advisors; this is a part of the job I really enjoy.
What are the best bits for you about working for Evans?
It’s definitely the people. My colleagues from stores and our head office staff have usually worked with Evans for many years and are truly passionate about the brand and, most of all, the customers. My longest serving member of staff has been working with Evans for 43 years.
I’m also very proud of the clothing we offer. I was an Evans customer before I started working here, and I’m still a customer today. I tend to wear Evans clothing most days!
What did you love about the old Evans Marble Arch store?
The location of the old store was fantastic. It was right in the heart of London near Marble Arch Station, so it was really central and had a great buzz. And I’m very pleased that the new store is literally moving across the road and we’re staying in such a bustling, vibrant area of London. But the best thing about the old store was the fantastic Shape Advisors who, luckily, are coming with us to the new store!
Tell us about your fondest memory and favourite experience at Evans?
My fondest memory was when I was a Store Manager and I took on a Christmas Temp to help in the busy run up to Christmas. She was absolutely brilliant, and she’s worked closely with me ever since and is now running one of our biggest, most popular Evans stores.
What are you looking forward to most with the new Evans Marble Arch store?
The store layout has been designed to be more focused on our customers’ needs and how they like to shop. The shop design will all be on one floor, making it easily accessible to all. Customers will be able to move throughout the store and to see the fantastic Evans product effortlessly.
The design will be very light and spacious, a real home from home environment. Hopefully customers will feel as comfortable and happy in our new location as we will.
Working with such busy stores, how do you cater for each individual customer?
We get so many different types of customers in our stores, many customers are from different countries and locations, they’re not just London-based shoppers. It great when they come into store and learn about Evans for the first time! Some of our Shape Advisors speak several languages so we can communicate and help as many of our overseas shoppers as possible and offer an even better, individual service.
Do you have lots of regular customers and how did they respond to the news of the store changes?
We have a lot of regular customers who have been shopping with us for years. They are so excited about our move, especially as it will be a store that has been designed around how they like to shop. They’re also very really looking forward to the opening weekend and the opportunity to attend our opening event the week after!
What are you doing to mark the opening of the new store, any special events?
We’re planning a long, opening weekend which we can’t wait for – they’ll be some special treats that includes some limited edition giveaways! We open for the first time at the end of September and then we have the opening launch event in collaboration with LOOK Magazine on the 27th September. The event will be from 6pm until 8pm and free for all to attend. It’s a great way to see all our collections and celebrate everything Evans is about. Our shape advisors will be on hand to talk to people who attend. There will be a goody bag with some little treats and the chance to speak to the fabulous designer duo, Clements Ribeiro, who have just launched their second collaborative designer range with us.
We really want to celebrate our new and improved flagship store, we can’t wait to show it off. We want to make sure all our fantastic customers can pop in and enjoy the celebrations with us!
If you’re wondering where to shop at Evans in the meantime, head to the ground floor of BHS at 252-258 Oxford Street, Evans White City at Westfield Shopping Centre or find our other London stores with our online store finder at Evans.co.uk, which is also where you’ll also find our biggest collection.