Shopping for new clothes should be fun, but anyone who’s ever set foot in a harshly-lit fitting room will probably beg to differ.
As awkward an experience as it can be however, making sure your clothes fit properly is one of the best things you can do if you don’t want to be branded a fashion criminal, so here are some fitting room mistakes most women make – but which you don’t have to…
01. Assuming they know their size
For some reason, a lot of women work out what size they are sometime around their twenties, and then rigidly try to stick to that size, through weight fluctuations, pregnancies, and all of the other changes in diet and lifestyle that can lead to a change in shape/size. Alternatively, we look at the size chart on a website, work out what size SHOULD fit… and then wear it anyway, regardless of whether or not it’s the best fit it could be. The answer? Don’t just assume that you know your size, or that it’ll stay the same forever. Don’t assume you’ll be the same size in every brand, and every garment. Try everything on, even if looks like it fits on the hanger: you just never know!
02. Thinking that if they can zip it up, it fits
Many people assume that “can I get it on?” is the only question they need to ask themselves in relation to fit – so if they can zip it up, they’ll buy it, even if a larger size might have worked better for them. Instead of relying on the “zip” rule, really ask yourself if the garment looks good: and if it doesn’t, go and try a larger size.
03. Settling for a fit that’s just good enough
Be honest: how many times have you tried something on, and even although it didn’t fit perfectly, have decided that the fit is good enough, and have worn it anyway? Because it’s so hard to find a perfect fit off the rack, many people settle for good enough, rather than spending even more time searching for that elusive perfect fit. It’s true to say you might never find true perfection, no matter how hard you search, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle: instead, find yourself a good tailor (many department stores will offer alterations as part of their service) and we promise it’ll be worth whatever you have to pay.
04. Only taking one size into the fitting room
We all know sizes differ from brand to brand, but they can also vary widely within a single brand: so just because you have one thing from Brand X in a certain size, it doesn’t necessarily follow that you’ll wear that size in everything else you buy from them. Always take more than one item into the fitting room: you might be surprised to find out which one fits best.
05. Not moving around when trying clothing on
Why do we always try clothing on by standing face-on to the mirror, in a rigid pose, normally either with our hands on our hips or beside our sides? We don’t normally adopt those kind of poses in real life, so when trying clothes on, you want to try to see what they’ll look like in “normal” situations, rather than just in the fitting room. Walk around, sit down, check out what it looks like from the back – that’s how people will see it when you wear it, after all.
06. Caring about the size on the label
Finally, one of the biggest fitting room mistakes people make is caring about the size on the label. Our simple advice here? Don’t. Vanity sizing is rife in the fashion industry, and sizes differ so much from brand to brand that the number on the label is pretty much meaningless. So buy the size that fits you, and ignore the number – you’ll be happier AND better dressed as a result.