Free-size dresses and jeans are all in for the summer months - but does one size really fit us all?

Summer is almost upon us and with that comes the onset of parties, special events and the big one which is weddings. Getting invited to a wedding over the summer is nice, but then there is the immediate stress of finding a summer dress with the shoes and bag to match.

One of the main trends that seem to be getting quite big at the minute is free size dresses which are dresses that have the idea to “fit all”. They usually range in size from eight to fourteen and suit people that are that size only.

There are good and bad sides to a dress like this as yes it may “fit all” but everyone’s body shape is different and it may not suit everyone. Some of the dresses come with a belt to adjust the dress to your shape and others go in at the waist to fit your shape. Boutique Pleated One Size Midi Dress, Turquoise €60

Fashion boutiques like Pure Boutique in Letterkenny and McElhinneys in Ballybofey have a great range of dresses for weddings and they have recently got a lot of free size dresses in.

When asked on her opinion on free size dresses, Pure Boutique manager Rosie Boyle said: “They are great and handy for people up to a 14 and great for somebody in between sizes or someone petite in height.”

Rosie also said that the dresses are “very in at the minute”  and that they “fall nicely when you put them on.”

Rosie also noticed that a lot of people would buy a free size dress for the next day after a wedding or if it was for a Communion and so on as they are reasonable in price and are also quite dressy and comfortable for the day after a big occasion.

Influencer and makeup artist Louise McDonnell (aka LMD Makeup) recently wore a free size dress at the McElhinneys Bubbles & Brunch. The dress is the same one from Pure Boutique, which is very stylish and very different.


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The dresses are proving quite popular Pure, as Rosie got in a selection of free size dresses all in different colours and they sold out in two days.

Along with dresses, there are also “one size fits all” jeans that many people like and also dislike. The jeans seem to be on the more popular side compared to the dresses as you get more wear out of the jeans and they go with basically everything.

Many other outlets like Buzzfeed and have put the jeans and the dresses to the test to try them out and some of the results are the same. With Buzzfeed, the dress suited all the girls that ranged from a size zero to size eighteen yet they all styled it differently and even though it fit, it wasn’t their favourite.

At they tried out a pair of jeans that fit people who are a size six to fourteen and for many who are all shapes and sizes, the jeans worked wonders. Some people felt that the jeans were like leggings and they were astonished that they actually fit.

Many local fashion outlets stock the one size fits all jeans, like McElhinneys in Ballybofey who have Tiffosi jeans in stock.

Tiffosi Womens One Size Double Up Skinny Jeans, Medium Blue Denim €59.99/

The free size trend has many different mixed reviews being good and bad. Do you think it will last?

Have you put the one-size trend to the test? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below: