Before you can truly build a designer wardrobe that you love, you need to be aware of one thing. It is almost impossible to be the same size in every brand.
It’s true! There is a reason why you are one size in DVF but another in J.Crew. And, it has nothing to do with the Pad Thai you ate for lunch or how hard you worked out, yesterday.
We talked about this in my last post and the Teen Vogue X Parson certification I took proved it.
Every Designer has His or Her Own Size Model.
I’m talking about guides for their clothing sizes, not the people you see on magazines.
It’s based on their target clientele, their version of the average shopper and their manufacturer. For this reason, there is no universal size. When you think about it, everyone’s body type is genetically different. Building one guideline for all of us may be next to impossible. (It barely works with shoes, let alone our whole bodies!)
It also stands to note that the manufacturing process is imperfect. A large in one pink t-shirt may be completely different than another one by the same designer, in the same style. It may even be different than the same shirt in another fabric or print. When you mass produce a design, there’s always room for error. Unless something is custom-made for you, there’s a chance it won’t fit, even if it’s in your “normal” size.
Right now, I’m a 12 in Kate Spade, a large at the J.Crew Outlet, a small in a shirt from Amour Vert and a medium in certain jackets. Don’t even get me started on those loose-fitting tops. How did I find this out? By simply knowing my style and not letting a number stop me from trying things on. This brings me to my next point.
Don’t Box Yourself into Certain Styles or Labels Based on What You THINK Your Size is.
Brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Prada and even TopShop are based on European sizing. Then, there are those designers that have a completely different set of guidelines on top of that. British designer Ted Baker has sizing of 1 through 5, which actually covers up to size 12 in the U.S. or a 17 in Japan. It’s all relative and, to be frank, makes absolutely no sense in the greater scheme of things.
More than likely, the brands you never thought would fit correctly might produce your size. It just may go by a different number or letter.
If you are a size 20 and want to wear a “sheer” lace dress, I say, why not?! Are you a size 00 with a small bum and want to wear high-waisted shorts to run errands? There should be nothing stopping you. Just try a bunch on, find the one that fits/looks best and go for it! Most importantly…
Forget What You’ve Been Told about “Who” Can Wear “What”
Seriously. I know you’ve been fed the same garbage as I have: “Only super-skinny women sHoyle wear bikinis”….”Ruffle tops aren’t for women with bigger chests”…”Anyone wth a thicker waistline can’t wear horizontal stripes.” It’s getting better now. But to those people who still believe the above, I say, I’m between a size 10 and 12 and I will wear whatever I want!
If a dress cuts you in funny places, hurts when you try it on or is just uncomfortable, that’s a different story. But outside of a work dress code, there is no reason to cut yourself off from the styles you love just because someone says you “should.”
You have your own personal taste and if you want to wear a bag-inspired Moschino halter to Saturday brunch, I say – why not? Life’s too short not to be happy with ourselves.
Until middle school, the only thing that would fit me was the “husky” side at Old Navy. I had more than my fair share of donuts a week and couldn’t tell the difference between K-Mart and Couture. (Crazy, I know!) I didn’t have a true inkling as to what my style was until I went to college and lived on my own. That turned out to be the best thing for me. Now I try to watch what I eat, have fun getting dressed in the morning and started to work out again. But, I do that for health, not to fit into a size. If I still did the latter, my wardrobe would probably just be sweats and ill-fitting maxi dresses.
I know all of you have those areas that make you feel a little uncomfortable. Mine will always be my dark chocolate-loving tummy. But, it’s how we react to them that matters most. Learn to love the skin you’re in, take care of it, and everything else will start to fall into place.
On that note…
Experiment with What You Think Your Style Is
A wardrobe comes in many forms. You have those comfy clothes you wear around the house (that’s one size, probably your boyfriend’s), your outfits for going out (those are probably a size too small), and your clothes for work/dressing up, which are you’re actual size. Depending on your mood and where you’re going, your closet already shows that nothing is just one number, letter, or style. So, wear what you want and have fun with it!
If I didn’t learn to have fun with my style and take risks, I never would have found out Audrey Hepburn is my Style Icon. Nor, would I have tried on this cutout-detailed Halston dress. It’s now my favorite thing I. My closet and will be my 25th birthday dress.
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