A good fit determines how smart you look. A bad cut distorts your figure, while a good one shows it to its best advantage. We read a lot about how we can hide and camouflage figure flaws—but why should the flaw always be us? Have you ever tried on a dress that you liked, but found that it didn’t look right on you? You may have thought that something was wrong with your figure but the garment itself could have been the culprit. When the shoulders of a garment are a little too wide or if a sleeve is not set in well, the resulting pulls and puckers are unsightly. Unfortunately, with mass production of clothing, workmanship has declined greatly. Today, more than ever, time and money are needed to find the correct fit. You need time to check an item thoroughly to see how it is made. And you need money to get a better fit and finish. Well-made buttonholes, carefully stitched hems and seams, pattern co-ordination and good fabrics cannot be found in cheap merchandise. The extra money you spend will pay off because your garment will last longer and will keep its good looks as long as you own it.
It is important to keep in mind that you will look better in clothes that fit well without distorting your figure. For example, avoid a jacket that makes you appear too large on top, a pair of pants with a crotch so low that the length of your legs is reduced by a few inches, or which are too long and drag on the floor.
You may have trouble finding good-fitting clothes if you wear one size on top and a different one on the bottom. But don’t be discouraged. What you feel to be a drawback might really be an asset. A client of mine found that out one day when we went shopping.
Nancy, a good-looking woman in her early thirties, was convinced that she had a big problem, since she was not a standard size. Her ‘problem’ turned out to be a size 38 bust with 36-inch hips—in other words, a very sensual figure and one that most women would give their right arm for. (The other way around—the pear-shaped figure—is much more common and much less attractive.)
Admittedly, it took time to find what we wanted. But we found a handsome, conservative blazer in a subdued black-and-white check, paying special attention to the fit over the bust. The lapels had to lie flat, and the jacket had to close easily without being too loose. Under it we chose a blouse that was slightly loose to avoid a too-busty look. The colour was fuchsia, lively but not too bright or loud. A straight black skirt completed the outfit. It was too long, so it had to be shortened ( more about alterations the next time)to show the world that she had a pretty pair of legs. When we had finished our shopping, Nancy looked both business-like and feminine in her trim blazer and soft classic blouse. It was a change from her ill-fitting two-piece dress.
TAKE TIME TO DO IT RIGHT
How clothes fit has nothing to do with your height or weight. Clothes can be adjusted to any figure. But, as in Nancy’s case, you may need time and patience to find exactly what you want. Among the vast choices available today, there are clothes to fit every body type. Some·stores and manufacturers specialise in garments for very small women (yes, there is a size 2), while others cater to tall women or to large sizes (18 to 24). If you have special needs but don’t know where to find them go on line for help. But never give in to the feeling that nothing better can be found, or that you are so tired (after a day of shopping) that second-best ‘will do.’ What you want is out there. Just don’t get discouraged.
When you’re 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 pleats 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 sideways—perhaps revealing more stomach than you thought you had.
Once you have checked out front, back, and sides there are details on a garment you have to look at to make sure the fit is right for you – and that is what we will talk about next Sunday – until then
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