TAKE TIME TO DO IT RIGHT.
How your clothes fit has nothing to do with your height or weight. Clothes can be adjusted to any figure, but you will need time and patience to find exactly what you want. Among the vast choices available today, there is something to fit every body type. Some stores and manufacturers specialise in garments for very small women, (yes, there is a size 4 or even 2) while others cater to tall women or to large sizes (18 – 22). If you have special needs, but don’t know where to find them, ask at your favourite boutique or department store and then there is the internet! Never give in to the feeling that nothing better can be found, or when you are tired (after a day of shopping) that second-best ‘will do.’ What you want and need is out there. Just don’t get discouraged.
When you’re in a shop trying on clothes, make sure you have an unobstructed three-way view of yourself in the mirror. If the fitting room doesn’t have a three-way mirror, use your hand mirror to look at the back of the garment. There should be no plats and pulls anywhere. Look at yourself from the side, too. You’ll be surprised to see how many styles that look good front and back look less so side-ways – perhaps revealing more stomach than you thought you had!
Once you have checked out front,back, and sides, look carefully at the following details:
For a set-in sleeve, the shoulder seam should be on your natural shoulder line. If it is farther out, you may look like a football player; if it is too far in, you will appear to have grown out fo the garment.
They must lie flat. If they buckle or bulge, it is a sign that the garment is too small.
These must not pull where the sleeve is set into the jacket, and no horizontal pleats or dimples on the arms. A question I am asked often is: ‘How long should a jacket sleeve be?’ To find the right length for YOU, measure from the tip of your thumb 5 inches up. That is where the sleeve should end. Your shirt or blouse should extend 12mm to 18mm beyond it.
Vertical wrinkles mean that a garment is too large. Horizontal wrinkles show that it is too tight. This rule applies especially to pants. Horizontal pleats in the crotch area indicate that the pants are too snug.
Until tomorrow, when I will tell you about ‘Alterations’
STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST
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