Simply Be are probably the biggest specialist in the industry and offer a huge range of clothing. You've most likely heard of them from their prolific TV advertising compaign. They are an oustanding company with a great reputation for customer service.

Yours are committed to making fashion that fits and is affordable for the plus size customer. They have a close working relationship with their suppliers and along with their fast response buyers team means they can respond quickly to new trends as they appear. They have new products on the site every week.

This popular and trendy high-street retailer has brought out a new range of clothes especially for the fuller figure called inspire. When you visit their site you'll see the inspire range listed as a category within the womens section.

SALE NOW ON: Ann Harvey sell a very wide range of products such as outdoor coats, jacket, jerseys, blouses amongst others. The Ann Harvey range is designed exclusively for women with curves and offers a good range of contemporary ladies fashion to flatter the shape of larger ladies.

JD Williams have many styles of womens wear available in size from 12-24. They mainly target a slightly more mature clientel who are in their forties and upwards.

Fashion to fit a big bust can be hard to find but Fashion World offer big-busted women flattering fashion and lingerie as well as a gorgeous selection of plus size beach clothing including plus size beach dresses and kaftans to fit bigger busts.

Big Show Boutique offer leading-edge fashionable, specialist shoes, sandals, and boots for women who need larger sized footwear at value for money prices. Ladies shoes in their range are available in size 8s, 9s, 10s and 11s.

Not strictly a retailer of plus size clothes, Long Tall Sally specialise in clothes for tall women, but their range includes sizes upto 20 and shoes up to size 11 so we figured they're a worthy inclusion in our little Plus Size micro-guide.

You've probably seen this company advertised on TV. Marisota offer a large selection of contemporary womenswear to flatter every figure. They say 'Marisota girls can be assured that they will look and feel gorgeous whatever their shape or size.'

Curvety retails its own range of classic and elegant plus size seperates, dresses and accessories along with products from leading fashion designers.

Gray & Osbourn offer a wide selection of designer collections, including Gerry Weber, Basler and Chesca. They guarantee quality and comfort in sizes from 8 upto 26.

Anna Scholz was born in Germany, but moved to London the year after the Berlin Wall was demolished. She's a big personality and carries a sketchbook with her where-ever she goes. She's been designing clothes since 1982 and believes in only wearing her own stuff.