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An Important Key to Style is “Fit”: How to Find Your Perfect Fit

Discovering the perfect fit for your clothes can transform not just your look but how you feel in your outfits.

While our products aim to simplify your wardrobe choices, understanding the essentials of fit can elevate your style even further.

Here’s our guide to ensuring your tops, jeans, and other wardrobe staples not only fit correctly but also flatter your figure, enhancing your confidence and comfort.

Tops

The right fit in tops can make a significant difference. Here’s what to look for:

  • Shoulder Seams: These should rest precisely where your shoulder ends—not too inwards or hanging off. This alignment is a clear sign of a well-fitted top.
  • Bust Comfort: In general there should be enough room around the bust without the fabric pulling or gaping. The ideal top contours gracefully without squeezing. Button-down tops should not have gaps in the bust area. If you’re going for the “Fitted” size listed for some of the pieces in our Style Guides though, the fabric will usually be stretchy and cling comfortably to your form. It shouldn’t make you feel like a sausage though!
  • Sleeves Just Right: Sleeves should allow freedom of movement, fitting comfortably around your arms. Avoid too tight or too loose sleeves for a balanced look.

Examples of Exceptions:

Some styles are meant to fit differently. These tend to be trending styles and the fit is often described by their label.

  • Drop Shoulder Styles: The seams in drop shoulder tops are intentionally designed to land below the shoulder, offering a relaxed and casual silhouette.
  • Oversized or Boxy Fits: These tops are meant to provide a looser fit, so they won’t conform to traditional fit guidelines around the bust and waist.
  • Crop Tops: The length of crop tops varies significantly, and they are designed to sit above the waist, sometimes even above the navel, depending on the style. Wear with high-rise bottoms if you like this style but don’t want to show a midriff.

Jeans (and other pants)

Finding the perfect pair of jeans is akin to discovering a treasure. Pay attention to:

  • Waist Wonders: Look for a snug fit around your waist where the jeans stay up without assistance. Gaping at the back suggests they’re too large.
  • Thighs and Seat: Aim for a comfortably snug fit—not too tight—around these areas for a flattering silhouette that allows movement.
  • Length Matters: Depending on the intended style (cropped, ankle, full length), the jeans should end precisely where they’re supposed to, complementing your overall look. Even full-length jeans should not drag when worn with shoes. And cropped styles usually end 1-2 inches above the ankle. Long jeans that almost reach the floor are usually worn with sleek sneakers, pumps, or boots. While regular length, ankle length, and cropped go well with sandals, and flats (as well as sneakers, pumps, or boots).

Examples of Exceptions:

Some styles are meant to fit differently. These tend to be trending styles and the fit is often described by their label.

  • Boyfriend Jeans: Known for their loose fit, boyfriend jeans will offer a more relaxed waist and thigh fit, deviating from the snug fit rule around the hips. Girlfriend jeans are similar but tend to offer a slightly more fitted style, though still relaxed. They should still stay up easily; though sometimes a belt is necessary to avoid them sliding slightly down your hips (creating a frumpy backside).
  • Wide-Leg or Flared Jeans: The length and fit around the thighs and knees will differ significantly from more traditional cuts, aiming for a looser fit that doesn’t hug the body as closely. However, the waist should still fit comfortably without gaping and without giving you a muffin top.

The Right Size: Your Style Superpower

Opting for the correct size is not just about comfort; it’s about feeling and looking your best.

While it might be tempting to choose larger sizes to conceal certain areas, ill-fitting clothes often lead to a less polished appearance, potentially undermining your confidence.

Wearing sizes that are too large for you can also make you look larger, not slimmer.

A well-fitting garment, on the other hand, flatters your figure while feeling comfortable.

Clothes that are too tight can also be unflattering. Tops that are too tight can actually put on visual weight.

And pants that are too tight will create a muffin top and be uncomfortable to wear.

It’s essential to select the right size for a smooth, flattering fit.

Don’t hesitate to experiment with different sizes, cuts, and brands. Services like Amazon Prime Wardrobe (affiliate link) can be incredibly helpful, offering the chance to try up to 8 items at home for free!

Finding Your Fit

Remember, achieving the perfect fit might require some exploration and experimentation.

It’s normal to go into a fitting room with 10 items and only emerge with 1 or 2 that actually flatter your figure.

Don’t go home with or keep items that don’t FEEL good on you.

Wondering how you’ll know if something is flattering? Honestly, it will most likely be obvious to you looking in the mirror. Flattering items bring a smile to your face and make your heart leap. 😉 Still unsure? Ask someone nearby for their opinion, or snap some photos of the options to send a friend for their opinion.

It’s worth the effort to find clothes that not only fit well but make you feel fantastic.

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