We Try Before You Buy: 5 Spring Trends a Size 18 Model Is Really Into

I knew the high street fails to adequately cater to those over a size 18, but it wasn't till I started looking for pieces for this latest installment of We Try Before You Buy that I truly appreciated how difficult it can be to find flattering, trend-led pieces in any size. Ana Carbajal, a size-18 model from Mexico, agreed to come to Who What Wear's London offices to try five spring trends I had ready for her. After trawling through almost every high-street website, I assembled a depressingly lean rail of options—many stores' curve collections are comprised of tent-like dresses and trousers that fall awkwardly just over the knee.

"I'm the same size as my mum, but that doesn't mean I want to wear the same clothes," Ana tells me. "I want to wear the same things as my friends. I prefer it when brands have their main collections in all sizes rather than when they have a separate plus-size collection that's different from the main lines." She says H&M, ASOS and SimplyBe are her three favourites for this, while Levi's is her go-to place for denim. And after trying the yellow coat from M&S (which is available in sizes up to 22), Ana will certainly be adding Marks onto that list. Keep scrolling to see the five trends she's really into, and shop the key pieces.