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.
Originally posted 2013-10-30 06:41:51.
Highly e-mailed me this question:
I’m at a loss when it comes to fitting pants … My main problem is the horizontal pulling/creasing you get across the top of the thighs/pelvis. I have trouble finding any pants, but especially jeans, which fit sleekly across the pelvis/thighs. Often I put that down to the fact that my thighs are somewhat larger than my hips. Anyway, I assumed that that was a sign of ill-fit, but now I’m noticing that pants seem to do that on everyone.
What’s going on here, Sal? How much stress/crease is too much? Is my quest for sleek-fitting pants hopeless, not because pants are mass-produced, but because they’re supposed to do that? I get the feeling that I might have internalised one of my mother’s bizarre clothes-buying rules which no one else cares about…
Originally posted 2012-11-28 06:17:55.
Jess popped this question into the suggestion box:
I don’t know quite how to phrase this, but I’d love a post on how to shop for those items that make you feel insecure. For example, I’m mostly a wearer of skirts and dresses, but I want to incorporate more trousers into my wardrobe. However, while I’m familiar and comfortable enough with my body in skirts and dresses to make shopping for those items straightforward and pain-free, shopping for trousers fills me with angst because it highlights those parts of my body I haven’t quite got to grips with (my thighs, mostly, which are the reason why I find it hard to get trousers to fit), and also because I find the sizing (with waist measurements and hip measurements and leg measurements and all of that) confusing. As a result, I tend to either get upset or give up very easily. But I want to overcome this, not least because my Dream Jeans are on their way out and I can’t find any more of the same brand and I want to be able to find some replacements!
Originally posted 2012-08-14 06:19:51.