So many people get hung up on whether they’re a size 6 or a size 16. I know people who have always been a medium who are scared to buy a small because they don’t think it’s ‘them’ and so they end up with clothes that are too big.
Equally as often, I see people who are a little in denial about the fact that maybe they’ve got a little bigger, or maybe they’re just found a brand who’s sizes are a little smaller than usual. They don’t want to buy above the size they’ve always been, so they end up with clothes that are too small, too tight, or just a bad fit.
Buying clothes that fit correctly is essential and my biggest piece of advice I can give anyone (male or female, buying from the high-street or a designer label) is to buy what fits you and forget about the number.
Here are a couple of things you should look out for and ask yourself when you try on an item of clothing:
- Look at how long the sleeves are and how it feel around the shoulders?
- Across the waist and the chest; is it baggy or tight or does it fit just right?
- Think about the length – is it too long or too short? Can you walk in it, does it have excess fabric that gets in the way, just in general, how does it feel?
- With trousers, how do they feel around the bum and the waist and hips. And don’t forget about the calves and ankles – do they fit well around here?
Personally, I own a whole range of clothes in different sizes: I have some dresses that are an American size 0 and some that are a UK size 4. Most of my clothes are a UK size 6, some are a UK size 8 and I even have a leather jacket and a couple of jumpers that are a UK size 10 because I wanted them to be a little baggier and cosier. When I buy band TV shirts (which is fairly often for me) I tend to go for an XS when possible. Trousers are either a 6 (especially from H&M) or an 8 (especially from New Look). I even own a bikini where the bottoms are an 8 and the top is a 12. The number doesn’t matter to me, what matters is how they fit and how I feel in them.
Let’s be completely honest – no one is going to take one look at you and realise you’re wearing one dress size bigger or smaller than normal. But people are going to look at you and notice if your clothes are pulling because they’re too tight or if you’re drowning in a sack that’s too big.