Shopping for clothes can be fun time with girlfriends or family. You can make an entire day of it if you include lunch and an ice cream stop in between. All of the skirts, blouses and jacket look so pretty on the displays but sometimes, they just never seem to fit right. Often, we look for clothing in the wrong size because we do not know what size we really are.
Whether you are a Mid Size woman or a Plus Size woman, being and feeling beautiful isn’t about your dress size. Clothes that fit us well, regardless of the size, will look the best on us. You can be beautiful at any size.
The number on the size tag of clothes is just that, a number. Something a manufacturer made up. That number doesn’t define us or make us who we are but yet, in order for us to actually purchase and wear clothes, we have to fit into the manufacturer’s box.
When shopping on line, it is even more important that we know our correct size. Also, how clothing fits varies between brands and designers. You may wear a size 14 in one brand and a size 10 in another so it is important to be familiar with the brands that fit you nicely and that you are comfortable in. Why women’s fashions are like that is, I do not know–I think that just want to keep us guessing!!!
Here are some tips to help figuring out just exactly what size we really are.
- 1 soft measuring tape
- A trusted friend
- Paper and pencil so you can write all of the measurements down
- Chest: Measure the circumference of your chest. Place one end of the tape measure at the fullest part of your bust, wrap it around under your armpits, around your shoulder blades, and back to the front to get the measurement.
- Waist: Measure the circumference of your waist. Use the tape to circle your waist like a belt would at your natural waistline, which is located above your belly button and below your rib cage. Don’t suck in your stomach or you’ll get a false measurement. If you generally wear your clothes below your waist, take that measurement as well.
- Hips: Measure the circumference of your hips. Start at one hip and wrap the tape measure around your back side, around the other hip, and back to where you started. Make sure the tape is over the largest part of your buttocks.
- Sleeve length: You may need with this one because it is hard to do yourself. Place your hand at your waist. Then start at the middle of the back of your neck and measure to your shoulder, down your arm to the elbow, and then on to the wrist.
- Shoulders: You will also need help with this one. Have your trusted friend measure from the top outside of left shoulder bone over across your back and to the right shoulder bone.
- Waist to Floor length: Stand completely straight with one end of the tape measurement held at your waist. Drop the tape measure to the floor and have your friend pull a bit on it so there is not any slack. This would be the length for a floor length dress or skirt.
Compare the measurements to the measurement chart below to determine your size.
Use this tips when shopping for clothing in the future. Do you have a difficult time finding clothes that fit your body? Which areas are you trouble spots? Please share in the comment section below.