Finding Your Fit— In the Closet
I hate shopping for clothes.
I never know my “real” size. At my favorite store, New York & Company, I wear one size. But once I hit Old Navy, that same exact size is practically falling off my body! It’s annoying, because I don’t know if the sizes are changing because of the manufacturer, or if the sizes are changing because of me.
The end result is this, every time I go up a size, my self-esteem goes down.
I know I can’t be the only person who faces this challenge. That’s why I asked fashion expert and seamstress Shishandra Devlin of Fashioned for Hem to drop some knowledge for our “Finding Your Fit” series. If you missed any part of the series this month, just head here. Oh, and Ms. Devlin also came bearing gifts! See below 🙂
Whether you are shopping for new clothing to accommodate your body shape or cleaning out your closet of old attire, use these tips to help you achieve a proper fit! You can also use them as a general guide for understanding the apparel world.
Tip 1: Know your measurements
This means you may have to go to a local seamstress or clothing alteration shop to get measured. This will ensure you are purchasing clothing that actually fits. Also, knowing your measurements is very helpful when shopping online or purchasing formal attire.
Suggestion: Store your measurements in your phone, which can keep you from purchasing the wrong things. If you are ever in doubt, ALWAYS try on the garment (clothing) before you purchase it.
Which measurements do you need?
- Size of your chest (bust) for women
- Size of your neck for men
- Shoulder width
- Sleeve length
- Leg inseam
Tip 2: Understand your body shape
Now, that you know your measurements you can dress according to your body shape (aka body type or silhouette). Yes, you have one!!
For women, it may sound like your favorite fruit⸺
Apple, Pear, or Banana
You may have also heard the term “hourglass figure”. Try this Body Type Calculator to see what lovely shape you are: Body Type Calculator.
Men, you’re not excluded this applies to you as well. The body shape names aren’t fruit yet, but they are pretty catchy Ectomorph, Mesomorph, and Endomorph.
If you want to ensure you are achieving a proper fit, knowing your measurements will allow you to understand your body shape, ultimately ensuring that the clothes you pick will look great on you and are flattering.
Tip 3: Shopping for tops, blouses, and blazers
- Collars should graze your neck and should meet the 2 finger rule (comfortably fit 2 fingers inside collar).
- Cuffs should stop about 2 cm from your wrist bone.
- Shoulder seams should stop at your shoulder bone.
(This may not apply to all female tops)
- Shirts should be long enough, so that the shirt does not become un-tucked or exposing when bending or lifting the arms.
- When the shirt is buttoned, it should close without gaping. That means it shouldn’t pull across the chest or bust area.
Tip 4: Shopping for dress pants, jeans, and trousers
- When selecting your size, pants should not need a belt to stay on your hips.
- Additionally, pants should not be too tight. The 2 finger rule applies here as well (comfortably fit 2 fingers inside the waist of pants, jeans, or trousers).
- Pants should not drag on the ground. Your leg inseam measurement will assist with finding a good fit.
Ready to win?!!
Thank you to Shishandra Devlin for these great tips and the great giveaway gift! You can get this travel sewing kit and measuring tape for all your proper fit needs! Just follow Fashioned For Hem’s blog and follow Temple Fit’s Blog for your free entry. The winner will be announced on February 2nd in Temple Fit’s monthly newsletter.