5 Easy Ways to Choose Clothing for Your Body Type

Although we all know that it’s what’s inside that counts, unfortunately, we still live in a society that judges people by the way they dress. Fortunately, one doesn’t have to buy strictly designer duds in order to look great. But, no matter what your personal style may be, it is crucial that you take your body type into account when dressing for success. Here are five ways to select flattering threads that will make you stand out in a crowd.

Stop Caring about Clothing Sizes 
Sometimes, both women and men will select a garment in a smaller size because they want to feel thinner. But the reality is that no one will even see that tag on the inside of your pants! We already know about vanity sizing; it’s impossible to come up with your true size because clothing manufacturers all size their apparel differently. Fortunately, in the very near future, we will be able to scan our bodies to get a perfect fit. But in the meantime, if a larger sized piece of clothing fits better, purchase it over the more “attractively” sized same garment.

Tailoring Makes All the Difference 
When it’s time to separate the men from the boys—and the women from the girls—it comes down to alterations. No off-the-rack item is likely to fit like a glove, so you’ll want to find the best local tailor you can. Whether you frequently require hemming or other body-specific services, a tailor can help you look as if your clothing is haute couture and customized—even if it cost less than the tailoring service itself!

Check Size Guides 
If you’re shopping online, then you must know your measurements. The best way to get them is to use a measuring tape. Once you know your exact measurements, you’ll want to check them against the size guide to ensure that you’re getting the proper fit.

Can You See Reviews and Pictures Online?
On sites like Rent the Runway, women who rent dresses can see pictures and reviews of others who rented the same item. If you have an hourglass shape, for instance, you can see how the dress looks on others that are the same height and weight as you. Because body types and sizes vary so much, it’s an invaluable tool.

Take a Picture, It’ll Last Longer 
One of the best ways to objectively see how an outfit looks is to snap a quick photo. You’ll often find that a mirror-length selfie will yield the unforgiving portrait you need to move forward and decide whether or not your clothes are playing up your assets and downplaying those areas you don’t want to highlight.