Finding Clothes That Fit
Those of you reading this that are guys are probably thinking, “How could it be hard to find clothes that fit? Duh, just walk in to the store, grab your size, and leave.” But I promise you, it’s not that simple if you are a woman.
It’s not that we just love playing dress up. I don’t know anyone who actually loves trying on clothes. Shopping? Sure. But trying on clothes? No. So why do women spend what seems like forever trying on clothes? Ask the fashion industry, who has deemed that a size 10 is not always (or ever?) a size 10.
This means that we
spend waste a lot of money buying clothes that “mostly” fit, or that we think will fit one day, or that would fit if we had one part taken in or another part let out, or (in the case of shoes) that fit well enough to wear for a couple of hours before we get blisters on our feet.
It can get costly, and frustrating. But while I still have to try on a lot of clothes, I’ve at least figured out a way to make sure that the clothes I buy actually do fit so that I don’t waste my money any longer on ones that don’t. It’s a simple strategy, but it works.
Here’s what I do. When I find some clothes that look nice, I grab two or three sizes of the same item to try on. I hold them up to me and start with the one that looks most likely to fit. In the dressing room, I face away from the mirror and close my eyes for good measure. Then I put the article of clothing on and just see how it feels. I move around in it a little too, holding out my arms, shrugging my shoulders, taking a few steps, etc. If it’s the least bit uncomfortable, I take it off without even looking at it.
That’s the key — not looking at it. Because it might be cute, and I might be tempted to get it anyway since I want it to fit. If it was close to fitting, I try on one of the other sizes. Once I find an item that feels ok, I’ll turn around and look at it in the mirror. If it looks nice, I’ll then inspect for other things that might rule the item out: sleeves that aren’t the right length, a neckline that goes too far, etc. If everything’s ok at this point, then it goes on my “buy” list. This method has ruled a whole lot of clothes out, which is probably for the best.