Fashion: Plus sizes

Choice for larger sizes is slowly beginning to improve. Taillisime, a mail order range, is launched next week in conjunction with La Redoute, the French mail order catalogue that is now also available in the UK, with prices in sterling. Trouser lengths come in three lengths, for women up to 6ft and men up to 6ft 6in. Labels include Naf Naf and Cimarron, with swimwear, and sizes are 14 to 30. Prices for the safari suit pictured below are: jacket, pounds 86.50; trousers, pounds 56.99; T-shirt, pounds 19.99. For a catalogue, call 0500 777 777.

Base, 55 Monmouth Street, WC2 was established in Covent Garden 15 years ago. Labels include Fenn Wright & Manson, their own label, and Sophie Gorton's simply cut separates. Sizes range from 16 to 28 (0171-240 8914).

French & Teague was set up by Helen Teague with Dawn French in 1990. The collection for spring includes long, collarless shirts, simple separates in viscose crepe, and a sleeveless tunic in pale gold for evening. Available from Liberty, Regent Street, W1; Selfridges, Oxford Street, W1; Sixteen 47, 69 Gloucester Avenue, NW1 (0171-483 0733).

Morgana, 24 Portobello Green, 281 Portobello Road, W10 make jewellery to order, with large-sized rings, and necklaces made longer for bigger necks (0181-960 2178).

Bravissimo This company was set up two years ago for women with unusual bust sizes and now has 35,000 subscribers, with brand names that include Fantasy, Gossard, Charnos and Vanity Fair. Cup sizes range from 34C to HH, while back sizes range from 30-46. Prices start at pounds 14.50. Bravissimo also carry a range of swimwear up to a G cup. For a catalogue, call 0181- 742 7218.

Anna Scholz recommends Flavius Shoes, who make shoes for wider feet in all styles. Prices start at pounds 150. 2 Landor Road, SW9 (0171-771 2002).

The Glass Slipper make classic shoes for very small and very large feet. Widths go up to B or C and sizes up to 13 for women. Prices from pounds 55 to pounds 85. The next mail order catalogue is due at the end of March. 63 The High Street, Tunbridge Wells (01892 511 464).

Evans has introduced a range of sportswear, Active VIII, including cycling shorts, leotards and leggings. Prices start at pounds 10. The designer, Monica Zipper, also works on the Biba label. 538/540 Oxford Street, W1 and branches nationwide (0171-927 3806).

Rogers plus Rogers includes geometric knits, floral print dresses and modern tailoring. Sizes are from 16-24. From 25 Jeffrey Rogers shops around the country (0171-208 4300).

Elvi, formerly part of Country Casuals, makes women's clothes in sizes 14-26. Their autumn and winter collection, with PVC jackets and fake fur, was thought by some to be too raunchy for outsize. 23 stores and 48 concessions nationwide (call 0121 212 2392 for nearest branch)n

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