When you go shopping, it’s easy to fall into one of three traps: you stick to the same stores, go straight to the section you know you can’t afford or take a quick peak at some place new and then leave.
We all do it. We find the stores we like and stick to them. Why? It’s easy.
We become comfortable with these shops because we already know our style and the size that fits us best. This way, we don’t become uncomfortable when/if we pick the wrong size. If we look at something overly expensive, there’s no possibility for embarrassment because we can’t afford it. The same goes for the new shop. You can’t get embarrassed about fit if you’re only in there for 10 minutes.
I’ll be the first one to say that I absolutely love J.Crew, for this reason. I can go into any store, no matter the state, find something I like and know exactly what size will fit me best. (Half the time, I end up playing the “What don’t I have?” game, but that’s a different story.)
The thing is, sticking to just one place can easily lead to a style rut and cut yourself off from potentially finding something else you really like.
So, I’m going to teach you a few tricks I used to find my size in every store – both online and in-person.
1. Give the New Store You’ve been Eyeing A Once-Over
I know you have the name of at least one new retailer stocked away. There’s that cool vintage store mentioned in Elle, the e-tailer you keep hearing about from your friend and/or the new chain, like Primark, you finally saw pop-up in your area.
For me, it was ASOS. I know – GASP! I loved everything I found online from them and my friends continually raved about it. But, I could never bring myself to buy anything. I just didn’t think anuthint from this store would fit me. That is until a few weeks ago when I placed my first order. I’m happy to say I was so wrong!
The same thing may happen to you.
This weekend, give that new store’s site or location more than a two-second look. Check out the racks or scan through their products online until you find something you actually like. It shouldn’t take long at all.
2. Remember, No Two Sizes are EVER the Same.
It’s a known fact that unless you get something custom made, no pieces will ever be the same size. You can pick up two medium, knit tops by the same designer, in the same style, on the same rack and one can fit differently than the other.
I know, it’s so annoying!
This goes back to the manufacturing process. Every brand uses a different size guide and technique. The more they use it, the more a shape can alter. This is why I can be a large in one store, a medium in another and then a small in certain top styles.
3. Check out the Size Guide (On the Tag and Online)
A tag can show much more than just the brand and pricing.
Sometimes, it will you: how high the size-range is for that item, size range per category (i.e. sizes 8 to 10 is a Large or even a “5” for Ted Baker) , and where else you can find it. If it’s a European brand, online descriptions usually portray other country’s size equivalent to help you identify fit, too!
In this scenario, it helps to know your measurements.
Some countries go by centimeters, not sizes, while the U.S. tends to stick to inches. If you’re buying from a foreign website or shopping abroad, these quick facts can help you from buying the wrong thing. (I’ll have a post on how to tale your measurements later.)
4. Try It On
Seriously. This is the only way to know what fits and what doesn’t. If you find something you love, pick it up in at least two sizes and head for the dressing room. (It’s about the fit, not the number. So, don’t get discouraged.) You know from tip number two that no items are exactly the same, so this will better your chances. If you’re still having trouble, look around for a similar style or designer. You may find exactly what you were looking for in the next aisle or page.
5. Get the Next Size Up
If you can’t find the perfect fit right away, or are skeptical about buying from somewhere new, order the size up.
This is what I did with ASOS. I fell in love with a pink and neutral mini skirt from ASOS Petite with pink pom-poms along the hem.
It was so cute and within my price range! But, I know I can be between two sizes when it comes to petite. So, I ordered the bigger up, just in case. It fit perfectly!
This could be a good option if you followed the above steps and are still doubtful, as well.
Happy Thursday, everyone!
Come back on Monday for my next post and have a glorious Memorial Day Weekend!