I have to admit, bigger clothes are more comfortable.  We have this conversation often between my friends. I was never a person who wore my clothes fitting my body. I felt awkward.   I also felt embarrassed and uneasy.  But sloppy was never the look I was going for when getting dress for a meeting. So here are my lesson learned when buying clothes. Don’t buy it if:

  • You can’t wear it without Spanx.

I can’t tell you how many times a sales person has told me, “Well you can always wear Spanx!” when I stood contemplating my belly fat in a particular garment while staring in the mirror. I started to write “well-meaning” sales person but they’re probably actually just “meaning” to sell me something that doesn’t look good on me. Ha! Spanx  definitely has it place….not just an everyday thing for me.

  • It’s a jacket or a blazer and it doesn’t button.

I know a lot of jackets and blazers look cute worn open, but I’m of the school of thought that if I’m not actually able close it, it doesn’t really fit. CONTROVERSIAL? Ninety percent of the time blazers refuse to close. You don’t have to button it, but you should be able to button it.

  • You can’t sit down in it.

I am work from home, so I spend a lot more time sitting in front of my computer, yet I rarely bothered to sit down when I tried things on. Now, if it stretches too tight across my chest or stomach while sitting or the skirt rides up to an obscene level, I put it back.

  • It needs tailoring and you know you’re the kind of person who never actually gets tailoring done.                                                                                                                                                      

So many fit problems can be solved with tailoring, but in order to fix something with tailoring, you have to take it to a tailor! Last year, I figured out that I was really petite and needed to buy petite pants. But I had some great pants suits that were just too dang LONG! My Aunt Joyce came to the rescue and cut the pants off to my appropriate length.

My quote for this week:  No one is perfect, that is why pencils have erasers.


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