Does FIT really matter?
The other day I was driving along and saw this woman walking down the street wearing the cutest dress I have seen in awhile. But I also noticed that it was not a flattering dress on her at all. One thing many of you have heard me say many times is that all trends are not for all bodies. I am a firm believer that fit is the key, and really the most important thing to look at when making purchases.
So what are the important things to consider when out shopping or looking at trends?
1. Don’t be married to a size or a number. I can honestly say that I can wear a size 4 to a size 10 depending on the store. Now those of you who know me well KNOW I am NO size 4. You want to make sure that the clothing items skims your silhouette. If the number bothers you, just cut out the tag!
2. Really take a look at your body in the clothing item. Often times if I am shopping alone I ask the sales person to take a picture of me. A picture won’t lie to you. You will either love it or hate it. If you hate it in the picture chances are you won’t wear it and it will sit in your closet as you wonder….."why am I not wearing this cute dress?"
3. Remember what your body shape is and that you want to dress for it. For example, If you are bigger on the bottom and smaller on top you want to make sure to balance out your top by adding volume there. When you are holding a dress out and thinking "oh, isn’t this cute!", I want you to really look at in terms of the line designs and focal points. What stands out to you, and will what stands out hit your problem areas? Will it look nice on YOUR body?
4. Sometimes items just need a little tweak to make them just perfect! Alterations from a tailor are common for some of you but it might feel like a hassle for others. What I want you to remember is that off the rack clothing is cut based on measurements of models…not YOU! So, think about it, that fabulous dress you love that isn’t just right could be AMAZING with a few changes.
If you remember nothing else, remember that FIT is key. If it’s trendy but unflattering people will only remember is that it was unflattering not that is was a cool and trendy item. If you dress in clothing that is a perfect fit you will WOW them!