How to Make Clothing Fit Perfectly
A wardrobe should only be made up of pieces that fit. Fit your personal style, body and lifestyle. Having clothing that fits you perfectly simply makes life easier - getting dressed takes less time and causes less stress. You'll feel much more confident in your clothing, and your style will reflect who you truly are. There’s a deep sense of lasting happiness that comes with that. Our course helps you figure out what clothing fits your personal style of living, but today we're looking a little more closely at making sure your clothing fits your body.
Start at the beginning.
The easiest way to do this is at the start - only buy pieces that you can actually move in. Don't bring anything into your wardrobe doesn't doesn't feel good on your body or that you don't really, really love. Get rid of anything you have that doesn't fit your hips, waist, boobs or bum... don't hold onto it in hopes that it'll fit "one day". You are perfect exactly as you are TODAY, and are worthy of feeling like that. Only keep the things you feel beautiful in. The only exception is if you absolutely love something, but it just needs a minor tweak to be absolutely perfect.
Use your real body numbers, not the tag number.
Tag sizes vary not just from brand to brand, but even among pieces within brands. Instead of using those numbers to decide what size to buy, use your body’s actual measurements. This is especially helpful when ordering online. You can find instructions for how to do this here. If a site doesn’t have the exact measurements listed, you can always email their customer service and ask.
Trust what you love.
Start paying attention to what lines you like best on your body. Slim fit? Oversized? V-neck, scoop neck or high neck? Now, look at the pieces you have that feel like they need a little something to take it from great to perfect. For me, that meant investing in turning my pieces with high or scoop necklines into deep v-necks. I love showing off my breasts - it's my favourite part of my body - and I find the cut so much more flattering on me.
What can you change?
Here's a list of other adjustments that are a tailor can do that'll have a major impact on the fit of your clothing:
Shorten pants or skirts
Taper pant legs
Crew or scoop neck to v-neck
Adjust strap length
Adjust sleeve length
Make straps thinner
Take in bust
Take in waist
Expand the underarm area (also helps make more room in the bust)
Replace an elastic waist with a drawstring (if the elastic is too tight)
Make a top cropped
Make hips smaller
Make a long duster shorter
Turn pants into shorts
Add or remove shoulder pads
This might seem like a lot of effort to go through just for clothing. But please believe me: you are worth it.
QUICK NOTE ON FINDING A TAILOR YOU CAN TRUST... ASK AROUND. TAKE SOMETHING LOW RISK (LIKE A PAIR OF PANTS TO HEM) BEFORE YOU TRUST THEM WITH MAKING A MAJOR CHANGE ON SOMETHING YOU LOVE. IF YOU'RE IN CALGARY - I PERSONALLY USES WAI'S ALTERATIONS ON 23RD & 4TH ST SW. LINDA DOES THE BEST JOB AND IS SUPER QUICK IF YOU NEED SOMETHING ASAP. IT'S ALSO NOT TOO EXPENSIVE THERE.