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What You Need to Know to Always Get a Great Fit

Clothes Basics

How a garment hangs is a crucial part of how it actually fits. Here are some handy tips on how garments will hang when the fit is perfect for your figure.

Jackets and blazers

  • You should have ample room to move your arms without it being tight or pulling.
  • When you hang your arms at your side, the sleeve hems should cover your wristbone.
  • When you button your jacket, you should be able to sit comfortably without it being tight.
  • When standing, the hem should be straight and level all around, with no dipping.

Pants

  • When you sit, you should be able to slip your thumb under the waistband and still be comfortable.
  • The rise should hit at the top of your thigh, close to your body but not touching it.
  • Side seams should hang perpendicular to the floor.
  • Hemlines should just touch your instep and cover about half your heel.

Skirts

  • When standing, you should be able to “pinch an inch” of material at the mid-hip.
  • Slits should lie closed when you are still.
  • Side seams should hang perpendicular to the floor.
  • Bias-cut skirts should have smooth, unpuckered seams.
  • Unless the hemline is asymmetrical, it should hang level, without rising in the back.

Dresses

  • The neckline, shoulder seams, armholes and chest area should lie comfortably flat, without gaping or constricting.
  • On sleeveless designs, your bra should not play peek-a-boo when you raise your arms.
  • When tying a wrap dress, make sure to sit and bend to ensure ample overlap.
  • When standing, the hem should hang straight and level all around.

Shirts and blouses

  • The front opening should never pull or gap.
  • You should be able to move your arms without it pulling or constricting against you.
  • When you’re wearing sleeveless designs, your bra should not play peek-a-boo.
  • When situated properly, the shoulder seam should be centered on the natural shoulder line.
  • If the garment has a button collar, you should be able to slip two fingers between your neck and the collar when it’s buttoned.
  • If you tuck the shirt in, there should be enough fabric to allow you to sit and raise your arms above your head without it pulling out of your pants or skirt.

Outerwear

  • Coats should hang comfortably from the shoulders without pulling or weighing you down.
  • Move your arms all about to assure you have a comfortable range of motion.
  • Sleeves should cover your wrist bone.
  • Buttons or zippers should close easily and never be snug.
  • The hem should be perfectly level all the way around.
  • Side seams should hang perpendicular to the floor.

 

 
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