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Does Size Matter?

Ok…get your minds out of the gutter; I’m not talking about that size (but if I was, the answer would probably be a resounding YES, but I digress). I’m talking about what is commonly referred to as your dress and/or pants size. You’ve heard people say things like “I’m a perfect size ___” Or “I’m in between size ___ and size ___”. So does size really matter? I’m gonna say it does, but fit matters more. How you look and feel in your clothes is far more important than the number on the label. Here are a few things to remember so you don’t get bogged down playing the numbers game.

Different strokes for different folks

I don’t know about you, but I have a range of sizes in my closet from a range of designers and brands yet they all fit. How is this so? Sizes are not always universal. A pair of size 10 jeans from Old Navy may fit you differently than a size 10 pair of jeans from NY & Co. Sizes may also vary by style or cut. For example, you may wear a different size in a boyfriend jean than a stretch or even a flare or straight leg. Some cuts do “run small” because there is less fabric. Don’t get upset if you aren’t the same size everywhere you shop.

One size does not fit all

Your top half may not match your bottom half so fit the largest part of your body. You may be a size 12 from the waist down and a size 16 from the waist up. If you’re top heavy (raising my hand), you may have to get a bigger size in that cute sheath dress so that you don’t choke the life out of the girls. That may then mean that you need cinch yourself in at the waist with a wide belt. Hippy ladies may need to break up a suit set and get a skirt and jacket in different sizes. Get creative.

Try before you buy

Just because it’s “your size”, don’t assume it’ll fit. Try it on first. And I mean go into the dressing room and put it on; don’t hold a shirt on a hanger up to yourself and think that’ll cut it. Things always look different on a hanger than they do on your frame. The fitting room can be your friend (see previous post, https://lealphafemme.wordpress.com/2011/08/11/fight-in-the-fitting-room/), so use it. As I said before, sizes vary from store to store, designer to designer, brand to brand and by style. You may be surprised what can wear, but you’ll never know until you try.

If it don’t fit, don’t force it

Don’t be in denial. Don’t buy the size that you “think” you are, wish you were, or used to be. Sometimes we get fixated on a number and think we have to live up to that. If that size 8 doesn’t fit, don’t have a meltdown in Macy’s. Go ahead and get the size 10, it’s ok. Don’t freak out and go on a binge diet to fit into the size you think you should be. Fit the body that you have now. I know it’s hard to do sometimes. We all have those pieces that are either too big or too small but we love them so we find a way to make them work. This should be the exception and not the rule.

Note: To find your size, you must shop in the appropriate department. Juniors sizes are just that; the garments are cut slimmer. A misses size 12 will likely have a better fit than a juniors size 13. It’s all about the tailoring. If you’re short, go to petite. If you need to hop over the women’s department (aka plus size, I hate that term by the way), then do so.

Your size is the right size

The “right” size is the one that fits and makes you look and feel your best. Nothing looks better on you than confidence so wear it well whether you’re a size 2 or 20. But size doesn’t matter right? Just remember that the woman makes the clothes, the clothes don’t make the woman. Size sexy is always in.

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