Do you buy by size? I don’t. In my closet, there are pieces labeled XS, S, M, 2, 4, 6, 34, 36, and 38. No, I did not yo-yo diet. It is because I have bought these clothes in various places.
I have learned early on as a child that size doesn’t matter, but fit does. Tweet this! Back then my parents went for the winter and summer clothes shopping to Venlo, The Netherlands, as there was the closest mall to where we lived in Germany. Back then our height in centimeters was always what we tried out first to find our Dutch size that was a good fit.
When I was a graduate student in Clermont-Ferrand, France, I started buying clothes by measure rather than size. In the French malls ,they had a lot of Italian clothes. It was just too much effort to find out where the item was produced to know whether 38 or 34 could be the right fit. I have kept determining whether a piece could be a fit with a measure ever since.
Measure for potential fit
I hold the piece of interest flat and make the hip, waist, leg, shoulder, sleeve measures depending on what applies. Except for the shoulder and sleeve length measurements multiplication by two gives you the amount of inches that would correspond the measurements when worn. This measurement should be slightly greater than your body measurements, but not much. If the item is not supposed to sit tight – read body conscious like a sausage casing – I add an inch (2.54 cm) for ease of wear. If the item is supposed to be oversize I add 3 to 4 inches (7.5 to 10 cm).
Do you buy your clothes by size or measures?
Pink dress over 40
Now to the OOTD. The Chinook allowed for a summery look with my baby pink dress and GNW snow leopard print cardigan. I knotted the cardigan for a fresh modern take. To stay with the pale color theme I added my Via Spiga kitten heel slingback and my Jager tote.
Photos: G. Kramm (2014)
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