It’s happened to the best of us. You find that gorgeous little item that you just gotta have. You can already imagine yourself strutting in it so you quickly check the size and order it. And when it finally arrives, you can’t wait to try it on…until you do, and the fit is all wrong. You let out a sigh as you book a return.
But let's not skirt the problem here, ladies. Dressing well and selecting clothes that fit like a glove, requires talking frankly about why our shape and clothes can't get along. Here are 8 tips that might require an honest look in the mirror — not to judge, but to analyze, so that you can look good and feel even better in what you wear.
1. Buy clothes according to their style and silhouette
Check your closet to see what style and silhouettes you wear most often. Are most of your dresses A-line? Do you always find yourself wearing flared bottoms? Is your wardrobe full of waist cinching tops?
Once you start noticing the commonality in your clothes, you’ll be able to shop smarter online.
2. Find out your exact measurements
Knowing your inseam is useful for buying pants online because you’ll know how long your leg is from your crotch to the end of the pant leg opening. You can figure it out by getting someone to measure your inside leg from the top of your crotch to the base of your ankle bone. Make sure that you’re standing straight and that your feet are hip-width apart.
Measure under your pits and around the fullest part of your bust. It is important to keep the tape measure snug and don’t tighten it too much. You’ll know when you are holding the tape too tight when your bust is popping out over the tape. A tight measurement will mean a tight garment.
Your hips are likely to be midway between your crotch and your belly button. To measure this yourself you’ll need to record the fullest part of your hips and rear. Make sure that your feet are together and that you leave the measuring tape fairly loose so your dress size doesn’t end up being too small.
Everyone’s waist height is different, so to know where to find yours you should bend to one side and find your waist’s natural crease. Measuring from the point where your crease is will give you your waist size. Make sure that you don’t tighten the measuring tape too much.
3. Measure yourself in unpadded clothes
When taking your own measurements, it is important that you are wearing the appropriate undergarments. If you record your sizes wearing jeans or a padded bra, then you can easily get measurements that are 1 or 2 sizes bigger than your actual dress size.
4. Evaluate the unique structure of your body
Note the body parts that are the widest/biggest; these are parts that that your garment must fit the best on, because the rest can be taken in with alterations.
Identify where you are the most toned/trim; the fit around these areas should be body hugging and accentuating.
Here at Qua HQ, we know the importance of a good fit and provide free alterations to all our clients!
5. When your top and bottoms sizes are different, do this
On the flip side, if you have a generously proportioned upper body and a slim bottom, look for slim ankle pants topped with tunics or untucked blouses that wrap or drape. The idea is to make the most of what you have and downplay the rest.
6. Find your best-fitting clothes and compare them
Even if the size chart is accurate, it only shows you the closest match to your measurements—not whether an item will fit the way you want. Instead, you’d be better off using some of your favourite clothes as a benchmark. You know what we’re talking about: that one t-shirt that fits you perfectly, or that one pair of trousers you’ve never been quite able to find again. Grab your favourite items from your closet, note the style, size, cloth material, and fitting and see how it compares to pieces that you want to buy.
7. Get an expert opinion by a virtual stylist
What could be better than getting professional help from the comfort of your home? Analyzing your body measurements and finding the perfect fit becomes way easier when an expert is involved. At Qua, we offer a free virtual styling session, where you can voice all your doubts, ask questions and get solutions plus suggestions from our team of stylists. Book your appointment now!