Know Your Numbers!

Believe it or not, I don’t really enjoy shopping all that much.  Stores often feel crowded and doing a lot of trying on (especially without success) drains me.  One little tip that can make shopping in stores and online a little easier is to “know your numbers”!  Online, look in the product details for measurement information.  Admittedly some stores are better about providing this than others.  If the info isn’t there, a quick call to customer service can often solicit the details.  In stores, carry a small tape measure with you.  Testing the numbers on a piece before you try on greatly heightens the chances of success.

Key measurements that I like to keep stored on my phone include:

  • Rise.  Super important for jeans/trousers!  Find a pair that you love the fit of and measure both front and back rise.  The rise fit is probably the #1 indicator as to whether a new brand of jeans will be a hit or a miss in my closet.
  • Inseam.  As a fairly short girl, most things I buy will need to be hemmed but getting as close as possible to the correct fit often makes the job easier.  You may want to track several versions for this measurement: one for shorts, one for crop/ankle pants, one for jeans, one for work trousers or pants you wear with heels.
  • Skirt length.  Again, you may need a couple of these, one for your short skirt sweet spot and one for maxis.
  • Chest.  Important for tees and sweaters.  Again, measure the outside front/back of well-fitting tee or sweater right under the armhole seam and use this to gauge size on a new item when shopping.
  • Heel Height.  How many times have you bought a new pair of heels or boots, worn them a few times only to realize they were just out of your zone for comfortable walkability?  Over the years, I’ve finally learned that my max is 3-3.25″.  This translates to about 80 millimeters (the measurement most heel heights are given in) and I now know not to go over that height if I want to be happy with a new pair.

These are the areas that effect my fit and comfort most greatly. Yours may be different.  Often athletic girls have trouble with fit in the thighs whereas petites can have trouble with overall shirt length – maybe those are numbers you need to record.  In the end, I just hope that “knowing (and using) your numbers” will help you find a better fit more quickly as it has for me!

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