Nyree Barrett hunts out niche sizes in Bahrain’s malls
Time Out Bahrain Staff
If you’re 6ft and above, Zara should be your first port of call (Bahrain City Centre, 17 172 333). 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 (Bahrain City Centre, 17 172 050) and Mango (Seef Mall, 17 581 883). 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 Bahrain stop at a size 41, although a few go up to the coveted 42: Steve Madden (Saks Fifth Avenue, 17 172 000) has some great bejewelled sandals. Marks & Spencer (Seef Mall, 17 588 188) stocks loads of classics that are perfect for work, such as these BD17.5 suede brogues, while most major sports companies offer lifestyle shoes in larger sizes.
Essential style tips l 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 (Seef Mall 17 588 188), Debenhams (Bahrain City Centre, 17 179 887) and Topshop (Bahrain City Centre, 17 179 486) – we love the cool summer pieces.
Essential style tips l Wear high-waisted shorts and trousers to add length to your legs. l 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 Seef Mall - try Evans (17 581 064), which stocks sizes 14 to 32, or Monsoon (17 581 804) – this cute dress (BD59) goes up to size 22. There’s also New Look in Bahrain City Centre (17 172 000), which stocks the size 16-30 Inspire range, as well as H&M in Seef Mall (17 564 606) 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.
Larger lads should try Nautica (Bahrain City Centre, 17 172 000) or Debenhams (Bahrain City Centre, 17 179 887) for generously sized shirts. Need longer sleeves but don’t want that billowy shirt effect? Massimo Dutti (Bahrain City Centre, 17 172 325) offers longer sleeves in slim-fit cuts, as does Cortefiel – we love their linen (Saks Fifth Avenue, 17 172 000).
Don’t forget the fantastically affordable tailors in Bahrain, who will make something that fits you perfectly. Try Hilton Tailors in Manama Souq (17 254 689) or Coventry Tailors in Shetty Gulf Quality Tailoring (17 231 314), a teeny shop that always delivers.
Online shopping is also becoming more accessible – Asos.com offers amazing petite and curvy ranges. Big and Tall in Bahrain Mall offers a range of OK clothes for society’s fat giants (17 553 895).