There's nothing more frustrating than ordering new clothes and after waiting for it to arrive (especially nowadays with the current shipping delays) it doesn't even fit. Buying clothing online can feel like a game of jeopardy... you never know what you're going to get, even if you shop at the same places over and over again. Taking this chance with your time and money just to get something that doesn't fit seems almost like a betrayal. It's like the biggest let down because you've bet so much on this item, especially when shopping for a big event or celebration. Some shoppers even double up, buying two of the same items in various sizes and/or fits in an effort to make sure no extra time is wasted trying to find the perfect fit.
Two problems with that:
1. You will waste time on the back end because you have to make time to return the item that doesn't fit.
2. You will likely have to spend money to return the item. Even if the return shipping is docked from the price you originally paid, it's still money lost that you could've saved if not for fear of picking the wrong size.
So what can you do to make sure you're more likely to get the right fit?
KNOW. YOUR. BODY!
Sis, hard truth is that sometimes it's not the clothing, it's you. Chances are you're making at least one of these three fashion mistakes. But no worries, we are here to help fix your fit issues.
Remembering these key three things will save you a lot of time and money, as well as avoid any unnecessary stress before big events. It will also help boost your confidence when you're shopping and when wearing your new fashions!
Mistake #1: Sizing.
When it comes to hiding a body insecurity, a lot of women believe the best thing to do is go up in size to cover their problem areas. That's not the solution. In fact, wearing clothing that's larger than it should be leads to you looking bigger. While it may seem like it's your size, the fit is likely off. Also, it's not flattering or the best use of your money.
Solution: Highlight the BEST parts of you. Use a belt or scarf to cinch in the smallest part of your waist. This will create an hourglass figure and draw the eye to the narrowest part of your body. Sometimes you don't even need an accessory to create this illusion. Wrap-style shirts and blazers are great at cinching in your waist or creating an illusion of having a narrow waist. Once you understand how to apply this concept, it will allow you to be more selective about your online purchases and more likely to make choices that better fit your body.
Mistake #2: Wrong Bra.
Believe it or not, wearing the wrong bra can make you look heavier and wearing the right bra can make you look 5 to 10 pounds lighter. Needless to say, the right fit has more benefits than just being properly "lifted".
With so many bra options, it can be easy to make the mistake of wearing a bra that is too small or even too big. If you have smaller breast, chances are much higher that you can go into any store, get a fitting and walk out with a bra. But if your bra size is anything over a DD, you will likely have to steer clear of the trendy, commercial options. Most of your bra choices are in department stores and are far more costly. Due to those two disadvantages, a lot of women with larger cup sizes are more likely to wear the wrong size. While you may think it's a minor thing, it's not. Not having the proper bra support can lead to back pains, saggy breasts and cause your bras to fit poorly.
Solution: Invest & Let it go!
Having to invest a significant amount of money into something that so few people will see is a hard pill to swallow. The good news is that the results of the investment will be visible to everyone. Take the time to do a fitting with a trained professional and try on several styles of bras from various brands. If a well-known brand doesn't have your size, try a department store, such as Nordstrom or Macy's. They may not have the trendiest colors or patterns but they will have the support you need to look your best. Also, think of buying good quality bras as an investment into your body and not the bra itself. With that said, be prepared to say goodbye after six months to a year. After 12 months at the most, your bra has likely run its course and the fit will likely be off. Also, it's a great time for another fitting, as our bodies tend to change from one year to the next. Maybe you need a bigger back size or your breasts are no longer as large as they were last year. This is very true for women who may have become pregnant or are on a weight loss journey.
Mistake #3: Wrong Panties/Undergarment
How many times have you seen someone with a panty line that makes you cringe? Too many to count, right? This ruins an outfit. The front looks great but as soon as that person turns around... it's hard not to ignore their multiple butt cheeks. If this person is you, there's no judgment, only advice. A lot of times people think the only option for dealing with a panty line is to wear a thong, but that couldn't be farther from the truth. This also comes down to getting fit and professional advice.
Solution: Know Your Options
The best way to get good advice or guidance is to be open and clear. Walk into a store and tell them what your issues are. "I'm wearing a formfitting dress that will show my panty line but I don't like thongs. What are some other options?" You may be surprised to learn that a boy short or G-string fit your comfort level more than a thong. It can also be that you need a change in sizing. Either way, be open to trying new things. You deserve to look and feel your best, with no compromise to the image you want to present to the world. Something as simple as fit should not get in the way of that.
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