Every January, we are encouraged to go through some miraculous transformation through diet, detox and exercise, as if somehow the turn of a year demands it. (I personally think spring is a better time to do this). But what about your clothes? They are the most visible way you present yourself to the world each day. The most important thing to think about is ‘fit’. And I’m not talking about exercise.
Ladies: ignore the numbers
First of all, ladies, I implore you to ignore the numbers. Today’s sizing varies widely between (and even within) brands and designers. The important points to consider are: 1) does it fit you properly (particularly at the shoulders, bust, hips and hem length)? and 2) are you comfortable wearing it? The numbers on the label make absolutely no difference (and no-one sees them anyway).
Guys: it’s important for you, too
Fit is also vital for men. I see so many men wearing shirts, t-shirts, jeans and trousers that are at least two sizes too big for them. Proper fit = clothes that look better, hang better and last longer. And consider Fashionbeans’ wise words: recognise that the fit of your clothes is just as important as how comfortable they are (Jeremy Clarkson, we’re looking at you).
Use your steely new year’s resolve to get rid of any items that you promised yourself you would diet to fit into. This rarely happens, and when it does, the item’s moment has usually passed. Instead, focus on the here and now – make the best of yourself as you are today.
As always, I’m here to help, so do get in touch.