A lot of people find shopping frustrating because they can never seem to find their right size. Some will even go so far as to assume something is definitely wrong with them or the way they look because of it, which is ridiculous! Designers design for a few sample sizes, and that's it. They don't really take into account that someone may have a large bust, and small waist, or may be taller than average.
Don't be surprised when you get home and something doesn't fit because you assumed that the size on the label was correct. Designers from brand to brand have created a lot of the frustration people feel when trying on clothes because you may be a 12 in one brand, an 8 in another, and a 14 in yet another. Never is this more true than if you are additionally buying any type of clothing from an overseas company, label, or designer. Try the clothes on in the store.
1. Try on items later in the day when things like feet and stomachs tend to swell to their fullest. Items should not be pulling or stretching in the zippers, pockets, or buttons.
2. If something is too tight or too small in store or too itchy, it's not going to get better when you leave.
3. Sit down, stand up, move around in the garment to mimic movements you would naturally do in the clothing. If you cannot function easily in them, take a hard pass.
4. Go up a size. If you have a large bust or bottom or thighs, etc than the piece you are trying on EVEN IF you normally wear this size, go up a size to fit the largest part of you and have the rest tailored down later. Yes, we know, life is so cruel and unfair, but if you want garments that actually fit you, have them fit to you.
5. Unless you're in a crop top, if you raise your hand and you can see your stomach and you don't want that to be seen, your top is going to continue to ride up and make you uncomfortable when wearing it.
6. The back of your trousers or jeans should not be a big droopy mess or conversely so tight, someone behind you can see your heartbeat. A tailor can correct this if you buy a size that is not already too tight on you, but rather loose, so they can tighten it to fit.
7. The break on your jeans or trousers should not be so long it is dragging on the floor and ruining your hem with each step nor should it be well above your ankle. If you have the pants on, if you are noticing a droopy or too short hem right off the bat, go for a different inseam length immediately or if the pants are too long...you guessed it, tailor it or use hem snaps to fix the issue.
8. Get professionally measured once a season if you've lost/gained weight or just to have your correct measurements. This will help you when you buy items online that you cannot try on before hand. I would not recommend you trying to take your own measurements as you cannot easily see all parts of you that someone else can.
9. And ladies, go for a bra fitting on a regular basis. So many women are in the wrong bra. A bra should not dig in at the shoulders, your straps should not constantly be falling down, or be so tight, you have spillage of back fat or bust, nor should bras ride up on you, or be so loose that their is rippling in the cup. And yes, cup sizes, above full body measurements do tend to change with things like weight loss/gain, pregnancy/age/surgery...all things that can effect any one, so do yourself a major favor and find out your real size. No one will know, other than your bra fitter who's seen it all, what size you really are.
10. Shoes should not pinch, rub, cause pain, have your toes spilling out of the foot bed, be so loose that you're sloshing around in your shoes, and you absolutely should be able to easily walk in them. Just like with clothing, as cute as a shoe is, if any of the above is true, do not buy that shoe as you will regret it with blisters and pain that you do not want. Rounded toe shoes are better for your toes, as are heels with a thicker heel base, and a longer space between the heel and the section of your shoe where your foot falls.