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Just Because It’s Your Usual Size And You Can Get It On, Doesn’t Mean It Fits

8 Jul

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Two (generally) size 12 women go into a store together.

One is five foot 2 (considered a petite) – she has a defined waist and her hips, bottom and thighs are wider than her bust and/or shoulders. (Commonly known as triangular in shape).

The other is five foot 9 – her shoulders, bust and hips are about the same size, with no defined waist. (Commonly known as rectangular in shape).

Remember both generally wear a size 12.

There is no way that the size 12 in the store will fit them both beautifully. It might roughly fit, (ie they might be able to get it on) but that’s about it.

In this case, when something fits you sort of ok – it’s then up to you to decide whether you walk away or whether you commit to having it altered.  Near enough, is not good enough. 

*As a petite it can be challenging to find clothes that fit me well.  If I find something I love that doesn’t fit just right, I buy it with the proviso I can return it, then I take it to my tailor to see if he can alter it to fit me. This might mean having it lifted on the shoulders or waist, the seams run in through the middle, the sleeves shortened or just a simple hem taken up.

Learn how to tell when something doesn’t fit you properly. It’s the number one thing I see in the wardrobes that I help overhaul. Lots of women buy clothes that don’t fit them, then just settle for wearing them ill- fitting. Often they can tell something isn’t right – because they know when they put something on that it doesn’t feel great – but they’re not sure why.

Despite your budget, ensuring each item in your wardrobe fits well, (whether it’s a t-shirt, blazer or pair of jeans) will instantly give your look a stylish upgrade.

*If you’d like me to teach you about how clothes should fit contact me here 

READ: “It might be beautiful but does it fit you properly” here 

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When Pants Do This, They Don’t Fit

18 Nov

When a pair of tailored pants pull across the hips and pocket like this…they don’t fit.

Notice the lines being created – because the pants are too tight across the hips – from the top of the zip to the pocket. …and then, as a result,  how the pocket is pulling away from the body.

Because the pants are ill-fitting across the hips it’s drawing attention to the area …..and it looks messy!

I understand for Kim and for those who have similar shapes to her (tiny waist with wider hips and bottom), that finding pants that fit well can be difficult.

My advice is to keep shopping til you find a pair that work for you.  Don’t just settle for “These will have to do”.  I know it can be very frustrating, but you need to be prepared to try lots of different styles til you find a pair that are just right.  In Kim’s case a different fabric or a style without pockets might have worked better for her.

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And secondly, consider buying up a size and having them tailored to fit you.  (Or alternatively, have a pair made)  *I’m sure Kim could afford to work with a tailor.

Remember recently I wrote about how a pencil skirt shouldn’t pull across the hips here.   Same thing…

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The Back View

11 Sep

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Just because something looks good front on in the mirror, doesn’t mean it will from the back.

When trying anything on always whiz around and check out the view from behind.

Apart from the size and the underwear being an issue, the pockets on these jeans (above)  are all wrong.

From the front, these jeans may well look great.

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If you’re wearing jeans that look even slightly like these from the back, no matter what your size, age or budget is, there are MUCH better options.

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If There’s One Thing You Do For Your Style This Year, Make It This

1 Feb

If you’re petite (anyone under 5ft 3) you may have similiar issues to me.

Yesterday I tried on this dress in Country Road. It’s new season stock and I like to sample new pieces as they arrive in the stores both for myself and for my clients.

To someone who doesn’t understand what to look for when it comes to fit, you might think it’s ok – but it isn’t.

The neck (front and back) doesn’t fit, the armholes don’t fit and it doesn’t fit through the waist. But, from the hips down, it fits quite well.

As you can see in the photo below, it’s too long through the body for me. It’s been made for someone considerably taller.

It doesn’t fit, this one can’t be altered, it’s not the right piece for me and I just need to walk away.

(Don’t buy anything that doesn’t fit you properly unless you can commit to taking it to the tailor to see if they can alter it for you)

If there’s one thing you do for your style this year, learn about how your clothes should fit. I have had clients with wardrobes full of magnificent designer pieces worth thousands of dollars, and much of them don’t fit. Despite the fact the clothes are beautiful, the person will never look great wearing them because of how they look on the body.

Before you invest in your wardrobe, know how to tell when something fits you just right and when it doesn’t. (And also know what can and can’t be altered)

*If you’d like to learn about how your clothes should fit you (perhaps starting by looking at how the clothes in your wardrobe do – or don’t 🙁 ) send me a message via here and I’ll be in touch

READ: “Just Because It’s Your Size And You Can Get It On, Doesn’t Mean It Fits” here

Details of my Personal Styling Services are here

Follow me on Instagram here & Facebook here

Read what my clients have said about working with me here
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