In some ways, women have a harder time than men when it comes to finding clothing that fits and flatters. From bra shopping to selecting swimwear, jeans and dresses, this guide from Woman’s Day has you covered.
As with men, the shoulder area is the most important area to look at for things like shirts, suit jackets and dresses, because the seams there are very hard to adjust and not worth the tailoring costs. Women, however, should also look at how button-down shirts fit on their hips:
A surprising but critical area to fit is the middle of your hips — “the sweep,” as it’s called in the apparel industry. “If you have fuller hips, button-down shirts can become tight and bunch and ride up when you walk around,” says [clothing industry expert Ed Gribbin]. Take a stroll around the dressing room to be sure there’s ample room in this area.
You can also tell when a dress is well-made by looking at the hip area:
Dresses tend to be more forgiving through the middle, and if the garment is well-made, properly fitting shoulders should signal properly fitting hips because the two are in alignment.
There’s lots of other interesting advice in the article, such as asking your tailor to reattach the original hem when shortening your jeans and getting the pockets removed from pants if you want a smoother silhouette.
Ensure All of Your Clothes Fit Properly [Women’s Day]