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You and Your Clothing Size

by Nikki Willhite

Are you wearing the right size clothing for your figure? It seems that all the women in America wish they were a size 0, and do everything that they can to make their "number" smaller. Too much attention is often paid to the number instead of the fit.

How do you know your size? If you are looking for a number, you will be disappointed.  At one time the government tried to standardize clothing sizes.  They finally gave up, and since then the fashion industry has been play games with the measurements and numbers on their clothing.

At one point, when women started gaining more weight, the fashion industry decided to make their clothing more appealing by lowering size numbers. This was called "vanity sizing."  The size 10 dress you fit into today was a size 14 a few decades ago.

Now most designers use their own measurements.  So if you are looking for an accurate number, you will not find it.  The only thing you can depend on is the fit of the garment.

Always try on clothing before you buy it. If you buy items online, always check out their return policy.

Here are a few tips that may help with your approximate size.

- Junior clothing is sized from 0-13. It is sized smaller than misses clothing of similar size.

- Misses clothing is generally sized from 0-14. It is larger in the bust and hips than junior clothing.

- Plus size clothing is usually above a size 14, and is labeled with a "W" in front of the size. It is even larger in the bust, and the waist is also expanded.

- Petite clothing, which comes in all sizes, is smaller from the back of the neck to the waist, and in all hem lengths.

Some people have a hard time finding garments that fit them. The hardest part of a garment to alter is the bust. Alteration to reduce the hip and waist are not difficult. It is also easy to reduce hem sizes.  It is better to have a few garments that fit well, than a closet of uncomfortable and unflattering clothing.

If you need to use a tailor, check with your department store or a laundry. It may be worth the cost to alter a garment that will last you for years, such as a classic jacket.

Clothing is an investment. If you buy a garment that you keep for years, and wear over and over, it is a good investment.  If it just hangs in your closet, it was a waste of money, no matter how little you paid for it.

Be selective in the pieces of clothing you buy. Put your money where it counts. When you want something in a new fashion color, stick with a scarf, blouse or sweater.  

About the Author: Nikki Willhite, mother of 3 and an interior design graduate, has been writing and publishing articles on the topic of frugal living for over a decade. Visit her at www.frugalhappyfamilies.com - where you will find hundreds of frugal living tips and articles. Frugal Happy Families- more than just money! 

 

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