For some, shopping for the perfect outfit is easy. For others, it can be a task to look good. How can you secure a perfect fit every time?
We’ve all been there. We see an item of clothing we like in our favourite store, try it on and realise that it doesn’t fit our specific body shape. It’s rare that something will fit our bodies perfectly and if it doesn’t, we tend to just make do anyway. When we shop online, it’s a risk. We measure our bodies, order the size we think will fit us and hope for the best. We may trick our minds into thinking something is okay, just because we like how it looks on the hanger.
In fact, what a lot of us may not realise is that even though an item of clothing may not fit us perfectly, there are measures we can take to give it a better fit or to make it better suited to our body shapes. From dress alterations to fashion hacks and accessories, we can be well on our way to loving how we look and feeling confident in our own skin. Where do we start?
If you’re buying from a physical store, it’s easy to grab a few sizes of the garment you like and rush into those changing rooms. You’ll pick the one that fits the best without needing precise measurements of your body shape. However, when it comes to buying online, it’s a different story altogether. The most important thing you can do to ensure you get the closest possible fit to your body is to measure your waist, bust, shoulders, hips and length as a minimum.
If you’re a little worried you’re not getting perfect measurements, or you need some help getting that tape measure in those hard to reach places, the best way to ensure accuracy is to seek the help of a professional seamstress or tailor. Not only is it a helping hand, but you’ll also get precise results. Once you’ve got the right measurements, you can order online without a fear. Sites that stock clothing should have an online size guide, so you can match up those measurements with the recommended size for you. Easy!
Accessorise with belts, jewellery and bright colours!
Surprisingly, taking the eye away from those odd baggy sections of your dress by wearing something really flash as an accessory can completely transform an outfit. Have a flowing dress you want to tie in a little to show off your figure? Adding the right belt can be the ultimate fashion statement, making your transformed outfit look great while adding a little bit of style too. Instead of wearing a plain dress, add a little colour in the form of jewellery or a striking handbag. It will not only add to your look, but it’s an easy way to improve any outfit or secretly hide any bits you don’t want anyone else to see.
Think of your body size and shape.
Petite or tall, skinny or curvy, there are certain rules you can abide by to keep your proportions in check. Petite girls for example, shouldn’t wear those knee-high boots or long dresses if they don’t want to look swamped by clothing! Each body type has recommended fashion styles, so you can really look your best.
- Petite girls look great in flares and knee-length skirts but should steer clear of long boots or long maxi dresses.
- The taller girls of the world can easily pull off those maxi dresses and bold striking patterns but should avoid wearing chunky shoes.
- Fitted clothes and bootleg trousers or jeans are best suited to skinny girls. Obviously, skinny jeans will look amazing on a skinny girl!
- Curvy girls rock a belt and depending on whether you’re an hourglass or pear, there are different styles of skirt and dress to suit you.
However, everyone should be entitled to their own fashion choices and if you want to experiment with different styles, go for it! Being confident in your own skin is the most important thing – everything else can wait.
This post was in collaboration with Alterations Boutique, specialists in suit and dress alterations in the UK. To request a quote or to find out more information about any of their services, visit their website: https://www.alterationsboutiquemanchester.co.uk