Have you ever seen people walking down the street and wondered what the heck they were thinking when they chose their outfits that morning? You know what I’m talking about; the OG-wannabe with the pants hanging down below his butt, the girl with the muffin top, the businessman wearing white sneakers with his slacks, or the trophy wife who insists on showing her cleavage, her legs, and every other inch of skin that is within legal limits?
These people are not alone in dressing in clothes that just don’t fit; both physically and stylistically. So if you’re beginning to wonder if your clothes fit (and fit in), here are a few telltale signs that indicates that you might not be on track with your wardrobe.
Let’s start with how clothes fit on your body. The simplest rule is that your garments should be neither too loose nor too tight. In general, fabrics should skim your body without bunching, sagging, squeezing, or otherwise emphasizing your worst features (or entirely masking your figure). Clothing should show off your assets (but not to the point of causing a public disturbance) while working to camouflage problem areas that you’d rather not have on public display.
When it comes to clothes that don’t fit your physique, there are two ways you can go: too big or too small. But how can you tell if your clothing falls into these categories? Well, it’s surprisingly simple. Clothing that is too big will look baggy or boxy, turning an otherwise curvy figure into nothing more than a blob. You might as well be dressing in a trash bag.
If you’re wearing clothes that are too large in an effort to “hide” problem areas, you may get more than you bargained for since no one is likely to notice you at all. And if your clothes are too small, just the opposite will occur. When your pants are so tight that a muffin top is the least of your worries (ladies, you know what I mean) and your tops only serve to emphasize bulges that have popped up over the years (hey, we all get them), people are going to become hyper-aware of you – they may not be able to stop themselves from staring.
So what can you do to find clothes that fit well? There are a couple of options. The first is to go for a fitting. Bras, in particular, can make a huge difference in how you look when they’re fitted properly, as can other supportive undergarments. From there, you’ll want to seek clothing that cuts in and flares out in the right places (as in nips in at the waist and then gently flares to the hip to create that hourglass look). And pants should fit snugly but not uncomfortably (a straight leg or boot cut is almost universally flattering). Remember that you can always spend a few extra bucks for alterations to make garments fit you perfectly.
As for wearing clothing that fits in, you’ll simply have to assess what is appropriate for your particular setting. Use fashion magazines and blogs to stay up-to-date with what’s trending, but use your own aesthetic compass to decide if particular styles are right for you (shoes that look like furniture on your feet may be in vogue, but that doesn’t mean you can maneuver the office or a playground in them). In other words, stay abreast of fashion trends so that you can adopt the ones that speak to you, but don’t let them dictate your personal style.
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