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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
Size doesn't matter, but fit does. #agelessstyle Click To Tweet
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).

How to wear a baby 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 Jaeger tote.

#fashionover50 mature woman in a baby pink dress with cardigan and slingback pumps
Baby pink dress c/o Lookbook Store with with own GNW snow leopard cardigan, Jaeger tote, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Hermes H bangle, D&GM sunglasses, statement earrings, and blush Via Spiga kitten heel patent leather slingbacks for an office appropriate look


Interested in the review of this baby pink Lookbook Store dress. Check the post at the link.

Photos: G. Kramm

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