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,
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
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
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
the bust and hips than junior clothing.
- Plus size clothing is usually above a size 14, and is
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
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
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
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