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Katies now has a plus size range

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#1 gemgirl

Posted 03 January 2017 - 02:59 PM

I noticed a poster/ sign in a shopping centre today that Katies now has a plus size range, Studio East. I didn't have a chance to check it out, but just looked online and it's there, too :) It might be old news, but in case it isn't, I thought I'd post.

#2 gemgirl

Posted 03 January 2017 - 03:08 PM

The site has a very limited range, but I guess it'll be added to if it sells.

#3 somila

Posted 03 January 2017 - 04:17 PM

They had one years ago (1626) but canned it.
I hope this one lasts a bit longer.

Edited by somila, 03 January 2017 - 04:18 PM.

#4 Lesley225

Posted 03 January 2017 - 04:19 PM

Wasn't 16/26 the original name for Autograph which I hardly ever use now as they seem to have gone very downmarket.  And using all nylon type fabric on everything.

#5 Nastyflea

Posted 03 January 2017 - 04:26 PM

Yeah, I have some tops with the 1626 label on them still going strong about 10 years later,  Autograph stuff I never find anything worth buying . I prefer Be Me (Rockmans larger sizes).

#6 somila

Posted 03 January 2017 - 04:27 PM

Ahh - is that what happened?

Around these parts, 1626 disappeared about 15 years ago and Autograph has just arrived, so I have never connected the two.

BeMe is not available at the local Rockmans.

I agree about the Autograph fabrics - they are a real turn off - especially in summer.

Have found some nice undies and two decent shirts there, so will keep looking.  It's more than I ever found at City Chic!

Edited by somila, 03 January 2017 - 04:28 PM.

#7 Lesley225

Posted 03 January 2017 - 04:46 PM

I still find Autograph's leggings and some trousers OK, it's the dresses and tops that are horrible.  All nylon, tiger print or primary colours and not very fitted.

#8 IamtheMumma

Posted 03 January 2017 - 04:59 PM

View PostLesley225, on 03 January 2017 - 04:46 PM, said:

I still find Autograph's leggings and some trousers OK, it's the dresses and tops that are horrible.  All nylon, tiger print or primary colours and not very fitted.

I get a couple of things from there like denim shorts but yes most of their stuff is not appealing. I'm already the size of a house. I don't need to stand out any more with massive/busy prints.

City Chic has nice stuff. They're a sister company of Autograph if memory serves.

#9 OtterlyAdorable

Posted 03 January 2017 - 05:07 PM

I hate all the brick and mortar plus size stores in Australia.

#10 Chocolate Addict

Posted 03 January 2017 - 05:10 PM

Autograph is horrible these days. My local store manager hates most of it too. lol She has told them time and time again that big girls don't want nylon clothes, or sleeveless etc I have put in feedback too and they keep doing it. *sigh*

#11 Lesley225

Posted 03 January 2017 - 06:33 PM

I've  said the same things and the shop assistant agrees.  They used to have nice solid stuff in nice materials 2-3 years ago.

I've been into City Chic but don't really like the vibe and they only seem to have event wear.

Autograph now seem to have all these sub brands and some look great online - things like Samya and I did buy a tunic I love a year ago when they had a sample rack in store but they only seem available online and I do NOT buy clothes online as different parts of my body are different sizes depending on the size, cut and fabric.

Don't get me started on Target. 10 years ago I used to buy half of my stuff there and I still have nice things I bought almost that long ago but now it's all nylon nana.

The frustrating it that I like a lot of their normal wear and am only about size too big, I've tried their 18 and it's just a bit small but instead of just making a size or two above they go into huge non fitted caftan kind of things which only make you look bigger and all in thin clingy fabric.

Mostly I buy from TS now.

#12 JustBeige

Posted 03 January 2017 - 06:48 PM

Here the 1626 stores turned up with Autograph signs and you were able to switch your loyalty card over.

I agree about their tops.  i do really like their jeans and i got a couple of pairs of soft 3/4 length pants this year. They are lovely and cool

#13 cardamom

Posted 03 January 2017 - 06:48 PM

View PostLesley225, on 03 January 2017 - 04:46 PM, said:

I still find Autograph's leggings and some trousers OK, it's the dresses and tops that are horrible.  All nylon, tiger print or primary colours and not very fitted.

Ohh I love a shirt with a nice glittery tiger :wub:

... said no plus-size woman ever.

#14 causeway

Posted 03 January 2017 - 07:04 PM

I buy a fair bit from TS only when on sale. I think it's over priced when full price. I also buy from BeMe - my friend is the store manager!

#15 Lulubin

Posted 03 January 2017 - 08:08 PM

I would prefer it if Katie's made their normal range in bigger sizes.

#16 Soontobegran

Posted 03 January 2017 - 08:17 PM

Katies has always had up to 20 haven't they ?

I get some things in Autograph, I am quite happy with what I have bought but I rarely buy in City Chic because for me I am not going to wear a halter neck unless I am a 12 or under and I am not going to wear a mini skirt even if it is 2 metres wide....I think most of their stuff is crap.

Myer have good plus size stuff, as does Target.

Autograph jeans are awesome.

#17 Freddie'sMum

Posted 03 January 2017 - 08:22 PM

I used to live in Target's plus size clothes but can hardly find anything there these days.

I have tried - Best and Less - no, just no.
Kmart - no.
City Chic - this is a quote from a fellow EBer - something about "looking like a disco ball" (that seems very apt)
Autograph - hit and miss (mainly miss)
TS - hit and miss (but I wait for the sales)

ALL the plus size sections seem to think that we are all 6 foot 5 and maybe a size 14 at the largest.  

We do not need horizontal stripes and giant tents. Just make the stuff you make in your regular ranges and make it a bit bigger please.

#18 Lesley225

Posted 04 January 2017 - 12:00 AM

Yes why can't we have normal clothes and the same kind of clothes everyone else is getting.

#19 FiveAus

Posted 04 January 2017 - 04:52 AM

Just had a look at the range online, pretty ordinary and seems to be designed for tall, robust women. Nothing in there would suit me, I'm 157 cms.

I like BeMe, and Tania Kay in Harris Scarfe.

#20 Lesley225

Posted 04 January 2017 - 06:27 AM

Yes a lot of stuff doesn't work for someone quite small, quite narrow shoulders, large bust and bigger hips.

#21 steppy

Posted 04 January 2017 - 09:47 AM

It's really annoying - fat chicks obviously aren't allowed to look normal. Only normal size people are allowed that.

#22 steppy

Posted 04 January 2017 - 09:51 AM

Just looked at Studio East - horrible.

#23 The Falcon

Posted 04 January 2017 - 11:16 AM

Whats TS?

#24 Silver Girl

Posted 04 January 2017 - 11:52 AM

TS stands for Taking Shape - they have stores around Australia.

I'm not plus size, so I may be mistaken, but when I look through the Ezibuy catalogue, I often see clothes I like in the Sara range and wish they were in smaller sizes.


#25 FiveAus

Posted 05 January 2017 - 05:01 AM

I just checked out the Tania Kay range on the Harris Scarfe website. All the models are standing like penguins.

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