Possibly the most common experience I have with each client is that they end up wearing a smaller size of tops, dresses and bottoms than they normally wear.
I hear your frustration that there is not a standard fit across all brands. Your size can vary significantly from one brand to another and that makes online shopping tricky and prone to ill-fitting purchases you don’t have the time or energy to return.
Here are a few simple tips when it comes to sizing I use on a daily basis to determine if my client is wearing the right size clothes. I will work the tips down your body and at the same time I want you to make this information personal to you. You know if your shoulders are extra broad, if your bust is above average in size, where you carry your weight mostly and what your body shape is.
Today I will share your Correct Fit for Upper Body Tips:
- Does the top, jacket or cardigan fit your shoulders. Your top shoulder line should finish at the edge of your shoulder and not any further.
- How much room is there in the top, does it feel tight or could you go a size down.
- Your bust area should look perfect without any gaping around the buttons
- The back of the top, jacket or cardigan should look fitted but not too tight when you move your arms.
- Is your bra doing a great job of putting your breasts in the perky position they need to be. Hoisting your bra straps to the tightest position before every wear is a must. Investing in at least 7 bras that you can alternate wearing and which you replace every 9 months will pay of for your breast health as well as how great your profile looks.
- The arms of your top or jacket should look perfect and not too generous.
- The sleeve length should come just to the base of your wrist where your thumb meets your wrist. An easy way of testing this is by holding your arm straight down by your side and fold your hand towards your sleeve. If you can touch your top, cardigan jacket or coat is too long in the sleeve. Have a great look at all your jackets as I often see jackets or tops worn too long which makes you look quite disorganised and can completely ruin a lovely outfit. Even simply tucking under your jacket or cardigan will do the trick until you get the hem taken up.
- How is your neckline looking, showing a little too much flesh or just right? Would a little singlet do the trick?
- Showing a slimmer part of your wrist and not the wider part of your hand will show slimness. Showing slim points of your body creates a “slim all over” signal to the person’s brain.
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