River Island Expands Sizing With Inclusive Range

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Fashion Month may still be in full swing, but we know we’ve already spotted the trend of the year: inclusivity. In the past few weeks alone, designer Rachel Roy expanded her size range to include a “Curvy” line; model Ashley Graham broke boundaries by landing the cover of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue; Chromat, H&M, and Sophie Theallet all featured models of all sizes in their runway shows; and now U.K. high street favorite River Island is launching its own size-inclusive range, starting March 9.

Perhaps taking a page out of Roy’s book, River Island has tapped model Candice Huffine to be the face of the new line, who fan-girled over the size expansion: “I’m a massive River Island fan,” she told Refinery29. “I always race to the store when I get to the U.K. The fact that [River Island is] extending its size range and staying true to what we know and love the brand for is perfection. It’s clear from the designs that they have been made to suit a curvy woman’s body.”

The 75-piece collection is filled with pieces that reflect River Island’s main line styles, like its cult-classic black leather jacket and signature Molly skinny jeans, as well as timeless office options and party dresses. “We’re excited about giving great fashion to more women; we feel this is the right time for the brand to expand our size range offering,” Josie Roscop, the company’s marketing director, explained. “Ultimately, it’s about fashion and about being inclusive.”
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Regardless of if you’re totally into the latest trends (like lace-up bodysuits and '70s-style prints) or you’re more about classic cuts, this assortment actually has something for everyone. And with all options in the U.S.-size-14-to-20 collection ringing in at less than $120, chances are spring is looking a whole lot more stylish.
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Two of our favorites: A sweater dress meets a wrap dress.
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Wear open or shut, depending on your mood.
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#ItsVintage.
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Let your look feel effortless in a pair of distressed white jeans.
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Eye-catching prints say it all.
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Read between the lines — classic stripes get a modern update thanks to an asymmetrical hem.
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Whether worn alone to give some color to a collection of basics, or paired with the clashing (or coordinating) pattern, this printed coat is a wardrobe must.
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See how good this set would look?
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This maxi-skirt has us summer dreaming...
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By now, black culottes are a closet staple.
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Trade in your black blazer for a crisp white option.
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If you're going to embrace florals for spring, try a few other trends at the same time, too.
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A sundress that checks off every single box.
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Whether draped over your shoulders or cinched at the waist, this gray coat is a low-key finishing touch.
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Every wardrobe needs a classic pair of skinny jeans.
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A rip-and-repair denim button-down doesn't hurt, either.
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Lacy, black, and flattering? This fit-and-flare dress hits all the right notes.
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If you don't already have a lace-up shirt, this one's for you.
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A shirt that resembles a silk scarf? We love it.
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