How to Buy Clothes That Fit

Are you besieged with the challenge of buying clothes because they look so adorable but then having to return them because they did not fit your figure? Not only are you not alone in this habit but it is also one that is easy to break and improve your fashion hit-rate for the future. This article provides some good tips to help you with your fashion shopping. No matter what size you are, you should always buy the right size don’t be ashamed whether your big or small, be happy with the body you have.

Steps

1. Understand clothing designs. Every garment will fit differently, because of the designer, pattern, and manufacturer. What might be a size 8 in one brand may well be a size 6 or 10 in another. This means being open-minded about the fit. Keep this in mind and bring more than one size into the dressing room.
2. Do some research. Learn what styles look best for your physique. This will be learned through trial and error; so do try on those clothes and don’t just grab and buy!
3. Try several sizes of the same clothing brand and design. Even if you thinkyou’re a different size, your eyes are better at judging what looks good than your wishes. In general, you will immediately spot the size that suits your figure best; don’t even think about the tag size after you learn this habit because shopping now becomes about your personal body size, not the manufacturer’s sizing.
4. Try a larger size for an appropriate length and width. Don’t be shy; just because it is larger does not mean it is unflattering. You can always cut out the tag if you think your less trustworthy friends are going to check. If it looks good on, and you can move in it well, that is what counts.
5. Plan on making a few simple alterations if the item is a little too big (remembering that overall, you cannot make something too small bigger).Some ways to change clothes that are too large includes:

  • Move the buttons over for a better fit. (This is one time when a smaller garmentmight become a little bigger, but not by much.)
  • Add a belt to create a smaller waistline.
  • Take in the side seams.
  • Shorten sleeves or a hemline.
6. Bring a friend you trust shopping. Ask for their opinion. It is best to have a trusted friend, who won’t be swayed by brand name or sizing.
7. Ask an employee of the store for a second opinion. Here you do need to be careful; however, as they have a reason to tell you something looks good even if it does not. First, they don’t want to discourage you from buying it and second, their job is to flatter.
8. Use a full-length mirror. This gives the best overall vision for good judgment. Only seeing parts of your body can distort your final look.
9. Be sure of the color and fabric. This can be difficult in some changing rooms which use poor or bright, unreal lighting. Ask the assistant if you can view the garment in natural light, by either a window or outdoors (they will likely come with you outdoors unless you live in a town where everyone knows everyone else).
10. Be sure a new garment coordinates with your existing wardrobe. There is nothing more time wasting and demoralizing than buying clothes that don’t work with your existing wardrobe. Either they will sit on the hanger unused forever, or you will be returning them. If you have the opportunity to by separates that go together do it at the time. If you take the top thinking you will find a bottom to match at another time, you might never find anything to go with it.

There are only 12 items of clothing men need to be ready for fall

Gentlemen, a quick overview of the clothing you’ll need to look fresh this fall, the most glorious season for dressing.

There are 12 items. That’s it.

What’s more, most of these things are basics you already have (or may need a new version of).

Only a few of them are newer looks to kick up what you’ve got.

That is because the most important thing about fall, more than what you wear, is how you wear it.

There are two key tenants of dressing for fall — varying the fabrics you wear and layering them the right way.

It’s not rocket science either — throw a cashmere sweater over a button-down, or get an interesting blazer (like this one pictured from Strong Suit) to kick it up a notch for more formal events.

Stick to colors like maroon, navy and olive. You’ll be fine.

A pair of chukka boots

This is your casual every day boot. Wear it almost anywhere.

A deconstructed or lightweight blazer

A deconstructed jacket has little to no shoulder padding or lining.

You want to go for a lightweight wool or cotton/wool blend.

In other words, it’s very casual and good for layering.

Olive will be huge. Try it on a chino.

You can’t really go wrong with this pair from Welcome Stranger, a brand out of San Francisco.

A cashmere crewneck sweater

This is for layering. You’ll love it. It’s soft and warm.

An interesting sports coat

By interesting we mean you should pick a cool pattern (maybe a plaid) or texture (perhaps try tweed). You can go with a slightly off the beaten path color too, like burgundy.

This is the jacket that separates the men from the boys..

A cardigan

When the occasion is too casual to go full blazer, you need a cardigan.

Suede loafers

Maroon and blue accessories

Bolder, darker colors are back for fall. Here’s a sampling of how you can use simple accessories like socks to get new colors in your wardrobe from our friends at SPREZZABOX.

Grab a plaid button up in the colors of the season.

You can pick up a bunch of shirts in the color of the season

Quilted jacket or vest

You can’t mess this up. And it’s a perfect jacket for when it’s too chilly for a sport coat, but not chilly enough for a winter jacket.

A pocket square.

Just do it.

No seriously. Do it.

A button boot

When you can’t wear the chukka (you’re going somewhere a little more upscale) go for these.

25 Awesome Clothing Tips No Woman Should Ever Miss

Choosing the right clothes

1. Old things must go!


This is where you should start – there’s no room for change if you don’t make it yourself. Open up your closet and take a good look ot your clothes. You should ask yourself one simple question – if you were in a store right now, what items from your closet would you buy? It’s a very simple and quite efficient game you should play once in a while. If you want to stop spending hours in front of your closet, it needs to be neat and color coordinated – hoarding clothes always leads to mess. All clothes you decide need to go shouldn’t be thrown away – donate them! That way, you’ll feel good about it.

2. Big event coming? Shop with a plan


Whether you’re getting married and you need a dress, or you’re simplyattending a black-tie event, you’ll definitely spend a lot of time searching for the right outfit. In order to be efficient and still be happy with your choice, you should go shopping with a proper hairstyle, makeup and shoes, so you can see the bigger picture. Also, don’t forget to put on some nice underwear – you don’t want to dismiss a dress that doesn’t look good on you because you haven’t paid attention to your panty line.

3. Extend the life of your cashmere


The fact something is called cashmere shouldn’t mean much, so the first step towards a long and happy life of an item made out of cashmere is purchasing a quality item. This material can be processed in many different ways, so you could easily end up with an overpaid poor quality sweater. However, there are some indicators that can show you what are you looking at. First, you should be looking for thick knitted garments, and second, try stretching it – if it pulls back, it’s a good type of cashmere. Chances are, you’ll pay good money for any quality cashmere item, so you should take care of it, which means washing it in cold water by hand.

4. Stretch new shoes painlessly


There are different ways to avoid calluses, which can really make your day difficult. Most of those problems come from high heels, right? Up until now, I’ve tried different kinds of methods, and the most effective one includes the freezer, believe it or not. If you fill a couple of freezer bags with water, place them in your shoes, and put them into your freezer to stay overnight, you’ll be able to see a huge difference in the morning.

5. Dress it up in a couple of seconds – bow tie, clip on earrings on flats


We’d all appreciate it if the days were a bit longer, but regarding the fact that’s not about to happen, you should use all kind of trick and tips in order to dress up quickly. A nice touch is always a bow tie – you can make it work with almost anything. If you don’t have any heels near buy, you could class up your flats by placing clip on earrings on them.

6. Be smart when buying a jacket


Purchasing jackets, coats and blazers has just one rule – it needs to fit your shoulders. If it’s too tight or too wide, leave it in the store, because this is one thing that’s very difficult to alter, even if you have a good tailor by your side.

7. The rules of showing skin


Speaking of rules, we should mentioned those regarding showing skin. It’s pretty simple – show one body part at a time. So if you’re showing your cleavage, pay attention you’re not combining that with miniskirts, and the other way around. Looking and feeling attractive shouldn’t be based on how naked you are. A little bit of mystery is always a nice touch.

8. Treat yourself like a queen


Beauty is connected to health more than you think. Taking care of your health starts with resting – no matter how many responsibilities you have during the day, you shouldn’t let them intervene with your sleep time. You’ve probably heard about something called beauty sleep, and you should know it isn’t a myth. So, invest in your beauty and health by encasing your bed with pure silk.

9. Make clothes work for you


You know how some people simply know how to wear the right clothes? There’s no mystery there, and actually, you could pull it off, too, by justthinking about what you’re wearing a little bit more. It all depends on how your body is built – you should tend to accent your features in the right way. For example, wearing V neck will make your torso look longer, and wearing nude pups will do miracles for the length of your legs. Embrace your shape and learn to love all its imperfections.

10. Having trouble with jeans?


You can’t have a fashionable clothing collection without jeans, but it can be hard balancing trendy ones with those which fit you perfectly. The first rule of buying jeans, no matter the type, is that when you’re in doubt regarding the size, you should always go with the smaller size – they’ll stretch after only two washes. If your daily outfit usually consists of jeans, having a glue gun is a necessity. It’s a simple way to do your stitches and hams, it doesn’t cost much and you can decorate your denim whatever you find it suitable. When it comes to altering them, make sure you’ve washed them twice before you visit your tailor. A piece of advice – all hems of your jeans should go up to the tops of your shoes.

11. Say no to makeup & deodorant stains


These kind of stains are not just unattractive, but also hard to wash. No matter how much we pay attention to avoid them, they have an annoying tendency to appear, right? When it comes to more expensive materials, I strictly advise to wash the stained part with warm water and if that doesn’t help, dampen that garment in water with some detergent. Most of new stains will come off if you just rub it with baby wipes on oil base.

12. Accessorize with bold colors


Accessorizing is what actually gives an outfit a personal touch. The way you accessorize is an important part of your style. Most of garments in your color are probably (and should be) in neutral colors, so you can combine them whatever you find it suitable. So, when you’re purchasing accessories, you should be free to get them in wild colors. Also, don’t be afraid to clash together different materials, like edgy chains with pears and feathers, perhaps. An interesting addition to accessorizing somehow everyone tends to forget are buttons – try switching a set from your garment with the one you choose. It doesn’t require any special sewing skills, and it fits any kind of budget. You should know that accessorizing rounds out an outfit, so try to find time to put on a couple of items.

13. Stock up on scarfs


Speaking of accessorizing, the classiest one you can put on is a scarf. They come in different shapes, colors, sizes, materials and forms, so you’ll be able to find a type you’ll like, for sure. It’s the fastest way to accessorize, and it can turn every outfit looking like million bucks.

14. A comfortable outfit is a must for a fun night out


If you don’t pick out your clothing items carefully, you might end up fixing up your outfit every couple of minutes, unable to have any fun at all. Start by choosing shoes which are comfy, and coordinate your outfit with them. Make sure all items fit perfectly, so that nothing is slipping. Also, experts recommend carrying a sturdy chain bag, so your hands can remain free.

15. Working with a limited budget


The hardest part of shopping is deciding when it’s enough. It’s more than easy to be carried away, but with a little bit of planning, you’ll be able to make it work. Start by making a list of items you need. Second step is looking for possible discounts, or some coupons you might have. However, don’t buy something just because it’s cheap – the chances you won’t put it one more than twice. Remember, cost-effective and cheap are not synonyms. It’s important to stick to your schedule, and make a type of agreement with yourself. Also, always pick quality before quantity. If you’re in doubt should you purchase an expensive item, make sure to check its lining – if you’re able to notice its quality, take it. A nice lining is a signature of designer clothes.

16. Check out every angle


Take your time when buying clothes, or picking out items for an outfit. Check out every angle of yourself in front of a mirror – if you feel comfortable and attractive, you’ll look that way. Besides, some garments may be see-through during the day, so check them out in a different lighting, just to make sure.

17. Open your mind


Having only one type of clothes in your closet will bore you in time. Whether it’s about accessories or clothes, try on things that you think they are cute, but not for you – you’ll be surprised at the results. Experiment with new colors and try new things with makeup. It’s not like you have to allow people to see you in something, just try it on for fun.

18. Belts are your best friend


A suitable belt can make any outfit better. If used the right way, it’ll accent your figure by making your waist thinner. So, you should find a way to make your belt pop up, and the best way to do it is for it to be in different material or/and opposite material than your garment.

19. Ever tried on menswear?


Other than being a really strong fashion statement, you should know that a suit, and all menswear in general, is more comfortable than most women’s clothes. You shouldn’t wear anything frumpy or too baggy, that’s not the point at all. Finding a women’s suit which will fit like it’s tailored has never been easier, you’ll still feel feminine, just a dash more powerful.

20. Keep a spare garment with you, just in case


Accidents happen, you can’t argue with that. No matter how careful you are, something will get spilled when you least expect it. So, have a spare clothing item nearby at all times possible. Start by taking something to your office, like perhaps a white button-down shirt, which is a classic, and it will probably be able to fit in your outfit. Believe it or not, most woman don’t have the right white shirt – it’s the same story like the one with bras, so look for a second opinion when purchasing one.

21. There’s nothing better than tailored clothes – find a pleasant and talented tailor and customize your clothes


There’s a good reason why tailored clothes cost so much – they fit perfectly. A few inches here and there make a huge difference, so don’t hesitate to visit your tailor from time to time. If you’re out of ideas about what you’d like to sewn for you, you can always alter the clothes you have bought. Make friends with a good tailor – it will make the whole process much easier.

22. S, M and L bags


A handbag is one of the most versatile and important accessories that a woman can own. There’s no such thing as “one too many” when it comes to bags and purses, but pay attention to what type is the best for you. Sure, you’ll need different ones for different occasions,so your base should contain three different kinds for starters – small, medium and large. From styles traditionally considered masculine to typical high end women’s handbags, there is nothing you can’t combine with the right clothes depending on the occasion. After that, you should concentrate on the type you use the most, which is also the type which will get worn out the fastest. That is why you should have more of them – if you switch them regularly, they will last longer.

23. Learn to handle your luggage


You can’t always hope to run into a gentleman who will carry your six bags around. So, if you don’t want to end up dealing with all that weight by yourself, learn how to pack efficiently – it can come in real handy when you’re in a hurry. Also, there’s a simple way to avoid your clothes getting all crumpled – put the clothing items in different freezer bags carefully, and place them in your suitcase. This is time-consuming, but if you need to attend an important event, freezer bags will keep your clothes clean and neat.

24. Upgrade your sewing skills


It will come a time when you’ll regret not developing these skills, so you should work on them now, and avoid any future embarrassments. There’s a bunch of tutorials you’ll be able to find online – all you really need is a sewing kit and patience.

25. Take care of your clothes


Devoting this much time to your closet is unnecessary if you don’t take care of all those clothes you’ve carefully chosen. One quality iron, a nice detergent and a couple of seconds you should devote to checking the instructions on a garment is all it takes, so don’t be lazy. There is something for everyone on this list, and the truth of the matter is that mastering some fashion basics will allow you to develop and polish up a unique style that suits you very well and let’s you stand out, but has a universally aesthetic quality to it at the same time.

How Many Clothes Do You Really Need

Too many clothes? How Many Clothes Do You Really Need?

One thing that costs many families a lot of extra money and causes lots of stress is having too many clothes. Besides the cost of buying more clothes than you need, storing them, caring for them and trying not to constantly trip over them can be overwhelming. Save yourself the time and trouble – Make sure your wardrobe fits your needs.

If you’re wondering, “How many Clothes Do I need?” we’ve put together a general list of how many of each type of clothing we recommend. Don’t be horrified if it doesn’t fit your families’ needs.When my granddaughter was born she had a stomach valve problem and we had to deal with non-stop throwing up. She needed about 3-4 times as many sleepers as a normal baby. Not only that but my daughter and I had to change our own clothes from her bouts about 4-5 times a day. Throw in the fact that it was the dead of winter with no dryer and, needless to say, the clothes list had to be adjusted very quickly.

It takes just a couple of minutes when you are organizing your children’s clothes to really figure what they need. Do they wear 7 t-shirts a week and you wash t-shirts twice a week? Then 7 t-shirts should be more than plenty. If they wear 7 pairs of socks and underwear a week and you wash twice a week, 10 pairs of everything is more than plenty. Why put 15-20 pairs back in the drawer, especially if you don’t have a lot of room?

Sit down and plan how many outfits each member of your family needs. Most families wash the laundry once a week or more. You don’t need 15 pairs of jeans for each child. Three or four pairs will work just fine. A newborn may need 10 pairs of pajamas since the newborn lives in them and spits up on them, but a 10 year old only needs three or four pairs.Be sure to go through and weed out too small or worn out clothes in your children’s drawers every couple of months. More children become frustrated trying to put their clothes away into drawers that are already full of clothing they have outgrown. They then get in trouble for not putting everything away properly. There’s a scripture that says “do not provoke your children to anger”. This is one of those cases where parents do it all the time.

Here are a few guidelines to help you get started. Like I said, feel free to adjust this to best fit your family. Hopefully by following these guidelines you will be able to cut back on your clothes budget and get more use out of what you do have.

Toddlers and Pre-schoolers

9-10 everyday outfits
3-4 dressy church outfits
3-4 casual dressy outfits
4-5 pajamas
2 pairs play shoes
1 pair dress shoes
1 pair casual nice shoes (optional)

School Age
(including teen boys– If your teens complain about the clothes, make them responsible for them, including paying for the extras that they want.)

3-4 pairs of jeans or school pants
7-9 school shirts
1-2 pairs dress pants
3-4 dress shirts
1-2 casual dressy outfits
2-3 pajamas
1 pair school shoes
1 pair causal shoes or 1 pair of shoes for dirty work
1 pair dress shoes

Women (stay at home)

5-7 everyday comfortable attractive outfits (NO SWEATS, I REPEAT, NO SWEATS!)
1 outfit for dirty work such as painting
4-5 casual dressy outfits (depending on your social life)
4-5 dressy church outfits
2 pairs of comfortable shoes (one for painting and one for wearing everyday)
2-3 pairs casual dressy shoes like loafers
4 pairs dressy shoes for church (black, navy, white and tan pumps or flats)
Adjust shoes for your wardrobe.

Women (who work outside the house)

7-9 work/dressy outfits
5-7 casual outfits
2-3 outfits for relaxing at home
3-4 pairs work shoes (depends on your work. Only 2 if you wear tennis shoes or similar shoes to work)
3 pairs casual shoes

Men

Without knowing a man’s weekly work schedule etc. this list will have to be a little general. This is mostly based on only doing laundry once a week if you do it more often you can cut back on even this list.

If you work in an office with a/c you will need:

2-3 pairs of “casual” dress pants like Dockers
5 button down “casual” dress shirts
2 pair of jeans
1 pair of grunge jeans
1 pair of sweat pants
3-5 t shirts
2 pair of shorts
1 pair of really nice dress pants
1-2 ties
1 pair each tennis shoes, casual dress shoes and dress shoes.
It use to be that most men had 1 black suit but so many things are casual now that you could maybe get by without one. Once again that depends on your life style.

If you need to dress in a suit and tie for work then you will need:
2 neutral colored suits
4-5 dress shirts
3-4 ties. Make sure you can mix and match the ties and shirts and that they can go with both suits because you can get more variety that way.

If you wear jeans to work then you can get by with 1-2 pairs of “casual” dress pants and you will need 3-4 pairs of jeans.

Of course this is a general list to get you started and you can add take away where you need too. Men general need more tops then women because – well how do I say this delicately??= men tend to sweat and get their shirts dirtier then women. There’s and old joke of why this is true and men get ring around the collar more. It’s because God made Eve from Adam’s rib and He made Adam from dirt. : ) : )

For everyone, you need:

1 winter coat
1 dress coat
1-2 pairs boots, short and long

Remember, these are just the bare bones of a wardrobe. Add or subtract according to your needs. The main thing is to be ruthless. Most women wear only 20% of the clothes 80% of the time. Get rid of everything else!

You can get most kids’ clothes at garage sales for a fraction of the new price. Be picky and only buy the few things you love. By spending one morning going to garage sales, I found all the clothes I needed for my 3 year old son. We usually get enough clothing as Christmas gifts, but this year he didn’t get everything that he needed. I spent three hours and $5 on everything from shirts to shoes. I got 10 shirts, 5 pairs of jeans, 3 pairs of shoes and 4 pairs of pajamas. I saved myself $225. That is $75 an hour I “earned” by going to garage sales or 24 hours (3 days) less my husband would have had to work to buy the clothes.

Linens

Sheets – 2 sets per bed. You can get by with one set if you wash and put it back on the bed the same day.
2 towels and washcloths per family member
5-6 hand towels
4-5 towels for guests
10-12 dish rags
10-12 dish towels
10-12 kitchen hand towels
Shoe box of small rags
Small box of large rags
Stack of old towels for large emergencies like the toilet overflowing

These are minimum suggestions. Adjust according to your needs.

Laundry and Children

I am probably the only mom who would not allow my children to put their clothes away until they were older. Why? Because, by the time I had carefully washed, beautifully folded and ironed everything, I didn’t want it to be dumped, wadded, smashed and mooshed between the laundry room and my children’s bedrooms. It’s amazing what a husband and child can do to a clean pile of laundry!

Even though I say that, children do need to be taught how to do laundry from beginning to end. From the age of four or five I would have the kids help me fold wash rags and underwear. Once they succeeded in those things, we would moved on to other things.

As soon as they were tall enough, I had them help put clothes in the washer, then move them to the dryer to fluff and finally take them out of the dryer. Young children seem to love doing this, so let them.

By the time they are old enough to start cooking simple things on the stove, they are old enough to start ironing with supervision — Boys, too.

Once kids reach high school, they should be able to take care of their own clothes from start to finish. Until I had them very well trained, I didn’t expect them to do the laundry alone. This wasn’t a bad thing. I enjoyed visiting and learning about their day while we folded clothes together or while I was ironing.