- Size is just a number
- How to measure for potential fit
- A size tag is no reason to be unhappy about
- How to buy clothes that fit
- Welcome to the 174th Top of the World Style linkup party
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Size is just a number
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
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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.
Shop by measures, not size
In other words, read the measures in the size chart when online shopping. When in a store, have a measuring tape. Lay the garment flat, take the measure and double it to get the circumference. Add an inch for ease. I have a measuring tape in my purse. It saves time as you won’t try out clothes that have no chance to fit you.
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.
How to measure for potential fit
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. When the item is not supposed to sit tight – read body conscious like a sausage casing – add an inch (2.54 cm) for ease of wear. When the item is supposed to be oversize, add 3 to 4 inches (7.5 to 10 cm).
A Size Tag Is No Reason to Be Unhappy About
When my Mom went shopping with us girls in the 70s, she always was complaining that the “cute, nice pieces” didn’t come in her size. There weren’t much plus size clothes in the town we lived to begin with. Here in Fairbanks, the opposite is true. You can call yourself lucky when you find a size 4. Most the time they start with size 6. And, do I have to say that they most likely only have one piece in that size, but much more in 8 to 18? I experienced and had to deal with body discrimination several times when asking for a size 2 or 4.
Body discrimination exists on both ends of the size chart, but that’s not the reason why you shouldn’t pay attention to the size tag. As you go thru menopause your body is constantly changing. This changes are not necessarily visible on the scale. You may still have the same weight, but the weight “shifted” around.
Often the boobs become smaller and the butt or belly become bigger than in earlier years. Many women face that their waist seems to vanish. It makes no sense to get upset about changes in size. It’s natural that our bodies change during menopause. This means the size that always used to work with brand XYZ may no longer be the right one. We may gain a size here and loose a size there.
How to buy clothes that fit
For the above reasons, it’s important to realize the following:
- Size doesn’t matter, fit does.
- Size tags are meant as a broad orientation not an absolute.
- Sizing has changed over time, i.e. a size 12 in the 60s had different measures than a size 12 today. Thus, especially when buying in a vintage, consignment or thrift-store browse/order by measures.
- When buying used clothes the previous owner may have had the piece tailored for fit.
- Sizing varies by country. A Canada/US size 10, is an International M, a UK 12, an European 38, an Italian 44, Australian 14, Japanese 13, and Chinese XXL.
- Best fit requires shopping by measures, not size, especially when you shop online.
- Size is just a number.
- Tags are for SEO only.
- Your size doesn’t define you. Your clothes do.
- The size tag is inside. Nobody can read it.
- What’s wrong about size anyhow?
Don’t let the size tag bother you. The only important thing when it comes to dressing is that you look your best in your clothes. Remember that!
Welcome to the 174th Top of the World Style linkup party
I am excited you are joining the party. Feel free to link up as many of your IG or blog outfit posts! Please meet and greet other bloggers by visiting their posts. It’s all about karma! Let’s support each other by sharing our fellow bloggers looks on our own social media. It’s a win-win for everyone.
When you are a first time guest, please take the time to sign up to get an invitation each week. You also should know that there are three awards: Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav, Top of the World OOTD My Fav, and the Top of the World Style Winner, which go to the blogger whose post was clicked most often, the blogger whose post I pick, and the blogger, who had entered the party as the Xth guest. Here X is the number drawn by a random generator.
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Today’s featured awardees are Emma, Martina Berg, .
Your favorite post was Emma’s post with her statement orange coat and snake print skirt. She is the blogger at Style Splash. It’s so cool to wear color when all others wear black, brown or gray in winter! Don’t you think so too? Want to know more about building an awesome coat wardrobe?
My favorite post was Cheryl’s report about her 48 hours visit of the city of lights. Cheryl is the lifestyle blogger at Cheryl Shops. I enjoyed seeing her great photos of places I had visited more than 25 years ago. I also love her cool sightseeing outfits. You can find more sightseeing outfit inspirations at the link.
Martina Berg won the Top of the World Style Winner feature. Julie is a 50 year old Midwestern Mom getting her sass back! When she emerged from the black-hole of motherhood, she felt she had to learn how to dress for her age, comfort, style, budget and new midlife apple-shape body. And, yes, it is just accidental that her top matches the color of the clothing item featured in this post. 😉
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