From plus-size to petite

Tired of wearing clothes that don’t fit properly? We can help

Crystal Renn
Crystal Renn

If you’re 6ft and above, Zara should be your first port of call (The Dubai Mall, 04 330 8567). The jeans have at least a 36-inch leg, but the sizes come up quite small (the largest – 44/16 – is more like a standard size 14). Other options include Next (Mall of the Emirates, 04 340 3898) and Mango (Deira City Centre, 04 295 0182). Insider tip: the men’s pyjamas at Gap look unisex and are more than long enough for the taller lady.

In terms of shoes, most ladies blessed with height have canoes for feet. Most shoe stores in Dubai stop at a size 41, although a few go up to the coveted 42: Steve Madden (The Dubai Mall, 04 339 8713) has some great bejewelled sandals. Marks & Spencer (The Dubai Mall, (04 339 8890) stocks loads of classics that are perfect for work, such as these Dhs175 suede brogues, while most major sports companies offer lifestyle shoes in larger sizes.

Essential style tips
If you’re worried about looking lanky, wear light-coloured tops and dark bottoms. This will visually cut your body in half. l Love Levi’s but find them too short? Buy a skinny pair and cuff them to create cigarette pants.


While most high-street brands cater for petite ladies in their main ranges, there are a bunch of specific lines to ensure clothes will fit you just right if you’re small like Kylie. Try Marks & Spencer (The Dubai Mall, (04 339 8890), Debenhams (Mall of the Emirates, 04 340 7575) and Topshop (The Dubai Mall, 04 339 9415) – we love the cool summer pieces.

Essential style tips
Wear high-waisted shorts and trousers to add length to your legs. Button-front shirt dresses will create a visual vertical line, adding height to small frames.


Plus-size model Crystal Renn has brought curves back, and thankfully many on-trend high street brands are expanding their sizing to cater for voluptuous women. The best mall for plus-size ranges is Mirdif City Centre – try Evans (04 231 6720), which stocks sizes 14 to 32, or Monsoon (04 602 3000) – this cute dress (Dhs575) goes up to size 22. There’s also a New Look (04 284 3950), which stocks the size 16-30 Inspire range, as well as H&M (04 231 6646) for the B&B range.

Essential style tips
l Don’t go baggy – find semi-fitted pieces that skim your curves and show off your waist. l Invest in a good bra to support those important assets.

For gentlemen

Larger lads should try Crew Clothing (The Dubai Mall, 04 434 0722) or Debenhams (Mall of the Emirates, 04 340 7575) for generously sized shirts. Need longer sleeves but don’t want that billowy shirt effect? Massimo Dutti (The Dubai Mall, 04 339 9070) offers longer sleeves in slim-fit cuts, as does Cortefiel– we love their linen (The Dubai Mall, 04 330 8391).

Other options

Don’t forget the fantastically affordable tailors in Dubai, who will make something that fits you perfectly. Try Royal Fashions in Bur Dubai (04 396 8282) for men’s suits, or Coventry Tailors in Satwa (04 344 7563), a teeny shop that always delivers. Online shopping is also becoming more accessible – the much-talked-about offers amazing petite and curvy ranges, and it even delivers to Dubai for Dhs60 (

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