Look Stylish at Any Size: It’s NOT You, It’s the Clothes
I can’t say it enough, fit is everything! If you don’t have a perfect hourglass figure (not many of us do), wearing the right size will help you look more proportionate and put together. I don’t care what your body type is, the fact is you can always find clothes that “fit” not only your shape but your lifestyle too.
Don’t get hung up on the size. If you feel bad about yourself because a 12 is what fits, take a Sharpie, and write ‘6’ on the label. Seriously, don’t worry about it. Every designer and material fits slightly differently, so use your size as just a guideline.
Accept where your body is right now! Heavier or skinnier, whether you’re trying to loose those last twenty pounds or not… you WILL feel better and more confident if LOVE what you see in the mirror!
Here are a few tips and tricks to find the perfect fit:
Remember that no two people are built the same way, so if you are buying ready to wear clothing you may have to use a tailor. As a rule of thumb, you want to buy the size that fits the largest part of your body and alter it to fit the rest. So if your shoulders are a little more broad than your waist… by the size that fits your shoulders and get the waist tailored.
Comfort is Key! But seriously, especially in a jacket. If you are struggling to to reach your arms forward you are not going to be comfortable driving or giving someone a hug. To make sure your shoulders have enough room double check that the seem hits right at your shoulder.
Button Down Shirts
These can be especially tricky for women with larger busts. If there is any gapping between the buttons, even if it seems small, the shirt doesn’t fit. You need to go a size up and tailor it the waist.
We have all tried on dozens of jeans in the pursuit of the perfect fit. If you are still searching for that elusive go-to pair of jeans follow these simple rules. Choose jeans that fit “snug”, because they will stretch out as you wear them. If your jeans fit you perfectly everywhere but they are gapping in the back, get them taken in. Denim can have a lot of stretch, so it is possible for them to fit you in the leg and booty but when you button the waist band you get a muffin top…do not let that happen! I repeat…ew! Not only is it uncomfortable but it’ll ruin your look. Go up a size, they will still look great!
You should be able to comfortably fit two fingers in the waistband of your pants. If your fingers can’t fit, your pants don’t fit. Another tell tale sign that your pants are too tight is puckering in the back or the front.
Generally speaking a dress should skim the body and not squeeze the body. There are so many different silhouettes available; maxi, shift, A-line, body-con… the list goes on, but it is important that the fabric does not overwhelm your figure. No matter what type of dress you are wearing it should always flatter your shape. Another thing to look out for is riding up. If your dress rides up when you walk it’s too small.