The Ugly Truth About Retail Sizing
As a woman, sizing can be a very challenging and sensitive subject. A size up or down than expected in a certain item can really damage your confidence and assurance. Although you are more than a certain size, as a woman, it’s hard to look beyond that. Many don’t take to going up (or down) in sizes very lightly.
But the truth is size really doesn’t matter because in the end all that really does matter is if the clothing in question looks good on you. This entails the way a piece of clothing fits and its length, plus if it’s accentuating your personal assets in the best way possible. Honestly, tailors everywhere have been screaming from the roof tops how sizing shouldn’t matter when buying clothes. You’re going to be a different size in every brand no matter what.
You could be a size 2 in one pair of jeans then a size 6 in another. One blouse might be a medium, while a large fits better in another brand. Retailers have their own sizing and quite frankly, many have reduced their sizing to make you think that you are smaller than you actually are. The industry term for this is called “vanity sizing.” You can even check at home by taking your favorite jeans and measuring the waist and then doubling it to get the true size of your waist. But don’t get too discouraged if the true size isn’t to your liking.
The size shouldn’t matter because the fit is what you need to really worry about. A tailor will ensure that whatever piece you bring in to them fits you like a glove. They’ll make your pants, shirt or blazer look as if it was made just for you despite being bought from a national retail chain. So the next time you’re freaking out because you’re now a size higher than you should be, don’t sweat it and simply have a tailor make you look good with a bespoke fitting!