Posts Categorized: shopping

Reader Request: When to Make Shopping Compromises

When to make (and when to avoid) shopping compromises. (Think hemming, tailoring, and alterations.)

Reader Monica e-mailed me this question:

You’ve mentioned before that you’re lucky enough to generally be able to wear most clothes off the rack in a standard size. I have my share of fit challenges, being that I’m tall with long arms and legs. My shoulders are proportionally wide compared to my torso, I’m short waisted… you get the idea. Off the rack, very very few clothes fit me just perfectly. Because of this, I’m constantly trying to determine what constitutes “good enough.” Are these pants long enough? Do I love this jacket enough to cope with the sleeves being slightly too short? Is this shirt nice enough that it’s worth altering? Is it better to buy this tee shirt in a smaller size that’s not quite wide enough for my shoulders, or the bigger size that’s too baggy on my torso? I’d be very interested on your take about these questions if you have any thoughts. I am still working on developing my judgement about these issues, and it seems to be a frequent source of confusion for me. read more

Originally posted 2013-10-30 06:41:51.

Swimwear Shopping Tips and Resources

Swimwear shopping tips and resource: How to make the process less traumatic and more effective!

Women’s collective fear of swimwear shopping has become a cliche: Everyone knows that the average gal enjoys searching for a new bikini about as much as she enjoys major dental work. But if your old suit is looking battered and you opt to brave the shops this season, you’ll find a wealth of new styles available in a huge variety of sizes. And a few key tips can make this traditionally painful shopping process far less traumatic.

FEAR NOT THE TWO-PIECE

One-piece swimsuits are considered more modest, but they can cause uncomfortable fit issues on some figures: If you’re long in the torso, these suits may pull at the crotch or dig into the shoulders. If you’re short in the torso, these suits may bunch up at the bust or in the midsection or even sag off your rear end. Two-pieces allow for more flexibility, especially for long- and short-waisted women but also for anyone whose top half is substantially smaller or larger than her bottom. With a one-piece, you’re stuck with manufacturer notions of size. With a two-piece, you can buy a medium top and extra-large bottom to suit your unique proportions. (Or any combination, of course.) And you needn’t stick to skimpy string bikinis! With the advent of tankinis – suits with traditional bikini bottoms and tank-style tops – you can still get plenty of coverage. read more

Originally posted 2013-06-20 06:22:18.

Reader Request: Prioritizing Wardrobe Wants

Tips for prioritizing the items on your wardrobe wish list

My fantastic client S. e-mailed me this question:

I can see though that this will be a lifelong process and I will never “done.” There are many, many areas where I can continue to learn and evolve. This leads in part to one of my questions, how do you decide how much to buy? I know this is intensely personal and based on many values, but I would be curious how you and other readers make this choice. I filled some obvious holes to make items wearable that I couldn’t even use. I also wanted to have some dresses and other fun pieces and I bought those, but I wouldn’t say I have any real needs now. Yet, I can see areas where I could fill in with items that are more on trend or would look better to my eye and to be a stylish dresser I think that one needs to continue to shop. Angie at You Look Fab had a piece a few months ago from a reader on setting a budget, which I really enjoyed, but for me this is about more than a budget. How do I weigh among wants, which pieces to buy? How much is enough? How many times does a piece have to be worn to have made it a good investment? read more

Originally posted 2013-08-12 06:46:49.