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HOW TO FIND THE RIGHT WEDDING DRESS FOR YOUR BODY TYPE (AND ALTER IT TO PERFECTION)
HOW TO FIND THE RIGHT WEDDING DRESS FOR YOUR BODY TYPE (AND ALTER IT TO PERFECTION)
Wedding gown shopping can be overwhelming for future brides, especially when youâ€™re not sure where to start. Wedding dresses are big business, and as such, there are literally endless designers, shapes and styles to choose from. One way to make this huge world feel smaller is to consider your individual body type, and then work from there in your search.
Considering your body type takes the guess work out of the endless rows of lace, trains and tulle. It allows you to stay open minded, but also realistic. Most brides end up choosing a different dress to what they had originally envisioned, so try not to get too caught up on what it is you â€˜thinkâ€™ you want. Itâ€™s not until you try your dress on that youâ€™ll know whether itâ€™s right for you.
If, however, youâ€™re certain of the type of dress you want, you may want to consider having it altered to further suit your body. Alterations allow you to purchase the exact dress you want before molding it to your body type. This approach wonâ€™t work with all wedding dresses, but most can be adjusted, whether youâ€™re busty, broad, pear-shaped, full-figured, petite, boxy, tall or short. Just be sure to check before you buy. Many designers offer â€˜hollow to hemâ€™ options so that the hem and proportion of dress, especially those with lace or embellishment on the skirt, are scaled proportionately to the bride.
IF YOUâ€™RE BUSTY
If youâ€™ve got a large bust, youâ€™ll want to minimise your curves by balancing your top with a full skirt. Start with an uplifting foundation garment such as a good bra or corset, and check that the dress isnâ€™t too revealing. Your wedding guests should be focusing on your face, not whatâ€™s spilling out of your dress!
IF YOUâ€™RE BROAD
To offset your broad shoulders, choose a dress with a bodice that highlights your waistline. Concealing your shoulders is not recommended, as it will take away from your hourglass figure. Show off your broad shoulders with a halterneck, or go for drama with long sleeves worn off the shoulders.
IF YOUâ€™RE BOXY
Empire waist gowns are born with boxy women in mind. Cinching at the narrow point just below the bust, empire waist gowns create the illusion of height and curves. Great for short women too, and the ideal wedding gown when pregnant.
IF YOUâ€™RE PEAR-SHAPED
A strapless gown or a dropped waist will put more emphasis on your top. Avoid V-neck, as this will draw the eye down. A-line dresses with an empire or natural waist are ideal, as are dresses with diagonal draping. Consider accessorising with a grosgrain or embellished belt, or choose an interesting bodice with artful beading, ruching, or other textural elements.
IF YOUâ€™RE FULL-FIGURED
If youâ€™re fuller-figured, you might want your dress to have a slightly slimming effect â€“ a high-waisted, low-neckline, curve complementing, not-too-clingy design. Avoid spaghetti straps as they wonâ€™t offer the support you need. A mermaid or trumpet-style gown is ideal, or a goddess gown that focuses on the fit â€“ snug under the bust, then gently skimming the body.
IF YOUâ€™RE SHORT
Floaty goddess dresses with unbroken lines that elongate your frame are ideal when youâ€™re short. Look for a chiffon A-line sheath with floral detail, or a trumpet skirt that offers a continuous line for added height. A high satin band will stretch your stature even further, while a toga gown with a raised waist will create a long, lean line. A beaded strap will draw the eye up.
IF YOUâ€™RE TALL
Itâ€™s great to show off a tall frame, but if you want to tone it down a notch, avoid high necklines that draw the eye up to create more length. For this same reason, avoid updos and headpieces that add extra height.
Taller women look great in almost anything, and are one of the lucky ones that can pull of a full-length veil.
WORKING WITH YOUR OWN BEAUTIFUL BODY SHAPE
As well as body type, consider any hangups or favourite parts of your body. Scroll through your most recent pictures and locate the areas youâ€™re most critical of. If, for example, you think your arms are too heavy, jiggly or skinny, look for a dress with three-quarter-length sleeves in a sheer illusion fabric. Steer clear of off-the-shoulder styles and cap sleeves, which will highlight the upper arms.
If youâ€™re rocking a back tattoo thatâ€™s nothing short of a masterpiece, choose a lovely low back and consult with a dressmaker about how you can best show it off. If youâ€™re wanting to hide your tattoos, a bolero could be the answer. Remember, this is your day, and instead of following the current fashion trends, itâ€™s best to choose whatever suits you and your own tastes.
EMBRACING THE NATURAL YOU
Todayâ€™s bride is varied, meaning designers must consider all factors that encompass Australian women. Body shape, height, background and style must be considered and designs created to match. The idea is to highlight and accentuate every individual bride so that they can look and feel their best on their special day. Nothing else will do!
When shopping for a wedding dress, donâ€™t just stop at the first dress you see. Shop around, and when youâ€™ve fallen in love with your gown, pop in to a Looksmart Alterations store to have it altered to perfectly complement your individual shape.
TIPS ON HOW TO UPGRADE YOUR FAMILY’S WARDROBE ON A BUDGET
As a family, having a plan for your clothing budget is important. Kids grow out of clothes super fast, and while it can be tempting to buy the latest gear or the prettiest (but most expensive) dress in the store, doing so regularly and for every kid is simply not sustainable. Yes there are some adorable clothes out there, but when the cost of these clothes cut into the family lifestyle, it’s time to rethink your shopping habits.
Accepting and wearing hand-me-down clothes is a fantastic way to save on the family budget. It’s also a great way to protect the environment by giving clothing a second life. Repurposing old clothing diminishes the amount of energy it takes to make and transport new clothing, and for those that have kindly passed the clothing on, seeing a niece or nephew in a former favourite piece can be very warming.
But of course, hand-me-down clothing can have its problems. The fit might be a little off, there might be a small stain or tear, or they might just be a little old fashioned. Don’t fear though – Thanh’s Alterations can help.
A professional tailor can do wonders to any outfit. They can hem it, take it in, or make it look brand new. You might think that doing this will be just as expensive as buying brand new, but we promise it’s more affordable than you might think!
FIXING THE LITTLE THINGS
Lots of kids clothes have missing buttons or broken zips, but this doesn’t mean they should be tossed away. These are easy fixes that just about anyone can do. As for stains, these can easily be removed using the power of vinegar. Simply soak in vinegar, hang out in the sun, and then run through a wash as normal. To lift mildew stains, mix equal parts vinegar and water with some salt and soak before washing.
MAKING OLD STUFF COOL
Trends come and go, and some clothing you inherit might be a little stuck in the past. If this is the case, make some adjustments to bring it up-to-date. Put new buttons on a cardigan or coat, embellish and bedazzle to add interest, or add pockets using some funky fabric. Use iron-on hem tape to make a cutout lace shape, add a lace trim to a pair of denim shorts, or give tops a new fit by trimming the bottom to make them cropped. You could even turn felt into a bleach stamp pad and stamp on some cool motifs.
Sew on an embroidery patch of your child’s favourite animal and even the oldest of jumpers will become a new favourite. If you can’t find a patch, employ the services of a profession embroider to do the job. If your child’s favourite colour is pink, take a white T-shirt and dye it to make it a winner. Alternatively, you could turn it into a tie-dying family activity.
SHOPPING FOR USED
All of the above still applies when shopping in thrift stores for used kids clothing. Most stores, be them online or local, only sell goods that have been well cared for. Clothing should be free of stains, tears and fading (although mild fading should be expected). Many second-hand stores will specialise only in quality brand names too, meaning your child can be kitted out in the trendiest names for the lowest prices.
SWAPPING WITH FRIENDS
If you know a friend that’s holding onto clothing for when their youngest grows older, ask if you can borrow. Perhaps you’re in the position to make a trade? Find friends with kids of different ages and work as a team to rotate clothing. This works particularly well for big spend items such as coats, raincoats, shoes and boots.
WAITING FOR SALES
Every time you see a sale, make a note of it so you’re ready for next year. Most stores follow a similar pattern each year, and knowing when the next sale is means you can shop sensibly. This won’t fix the clothing industry issue of energy wastage, but it will mean you never pay full price again.
MAKING A REGISTRY
If you’re worried that an upcoming birthday will mean more toys cluttering up your home, make a registry and ask friends and family to stock up your child’s wardrobe instead. A registry can be a controversial issue, but it’s a great way to get quality clothing that doesn’t cost you a thing. You can always use this saved money to purchase just one toy you know your child will love.
LEADING BY EXAMPLE
If your own wardrobe is packed full of brand new designer labelled clothing, how do you expect your kids to be happy with hand-me-downs and thrift store finds? Lead by example and alter your existing wardrobe pieces before shopping for anything new. Talk to friends about swapping or rotating clothing, and make the thrift store your first point of call when hitting the shops. Remember, the more you save on the whole family wardrobe budget, the more money you’ll have to enjoy family life.
All fashion sizes are not the same. A size 10 in one fashion store can be a size 11 or 12 in another. Two thirds of our customers surveyed revealed that they owned clothes in different sizes due to the inconstancy of clothing sizes. Click on links below to view online coverage on the sizing survey.
20 AUSTRALIAN FASHION BLOGGERS YOU SHOULD BE FOLLOWING
Whether or not youâ€™re keeping up with Kardashians, we all want to be presentable in our social and professional lives. Fortunately, that doesnâ€™t necessarily entail sitting through mind-numbing American reality television in order to keep up with the latest trends. With the wired, uber-connected world we live in today, information and styles travel faster than ever. Fashion trends are born every minute, while last yearâ€™sâ€™ catalogue becomes dated.
With that in mind, one of the best ways to stay ahead of current trends is through the Internet. Fashion bloggers are plugged into whatâ€™s new and hot, and those with tons of followers are hold a cache amongst their fans that allows them to influence new trends.
But while Milan, Paris, and New York are showing off their autumn and winter catalogues, Australia is preparing for a long, hot summer. Donâ€™t let this hemispheric disunity dissuade you: these carefully chosen bloggers are locally-grown, so theyâ€™ll make choosing an eye-catchingÂ andÂ weather-appropriate outfit that much easier.
FEMALE FASHION BLOGGERS
1. MARGARET ZHANG,Â SHINE BY THREE
The hard-working, twenty something daughter of Chinese immigrants to the continent makes ample time to provide content for her hundreds of thousands of followers. Starting out a vanity project as a 16 year old, this bi-lingual student almost stumbled upon her success as one of the countryâ€™s most influential fashion bloggers. How did she get so famous? Slowly, she gained followers on her blog, Shine by Three, who were simply taken with her fashion sensibility, which includes covering her head with cool hats.
We recommend reading:Â Flower PowerÂ for advice on how even tomboys can pull off floral patterns.
2. SARA DONALDSON,Â HARPER AND HARLEY
Harper and Harley, the name of successful fashionista Sarah Donaldsonâ€™s blog, is an ode to effortless beauty as expressed through colours that arenâ€™t splashy, and tailoring that isnâ€™t pretentious. Ms. Donaldson has carved a niche in this â€˜less is moreâ€™ space, typically sticking to pastels and simple styles that just work. Sheâ€™s accumulated enough fame that she was able to star on the reality series â€˜Fashion Bloggers,â€™ and even boasts her own shoe line with popular online retailer Tony Bianco. The future holds great things for Sarah as a rising star in the Australian fashion landscape.
We recommend reading:Â Trend Alert: Rouching, to learn all about the new fashion trend taking the world by storm.
3. NIKKI PHILLIPS,Â BY NIKKI PHILLIPS
The creativeÂ tour de forceÂ behind the eponymous â€˜Styled by Phillipsâ€™ is none other than Nikki Phillips. However, you would be hard pressed to corner her into the mere role of blogger, because she has her hands in many other pies like styling, presenting, and even modelling. The talent on display is immediately apparent: this prototypically tall, slender blonde beauty loves airy, sun-splotched, colourful summer dresses just as much as chic, form-fitting business blouses, only to surprise you with a Brooklyn-inspired look of ripped slim jeans matched with a one-size-too-large, monochromatic jacket emblazoned with Chinese characters. The word â€˜eclecticâ€™ certainly comes to mind when it comes to Ms. Phillipsâ€™ pioneering ensemble.
We recommend reading:Â Swimsuit GuideÂ for tips on how to choose the right swimwear for your body type.
4.Â SUBSTANCE, ALLY CAREY
Ally Carey has defined her niche in the crowded world of Aussie fashion through a simple mantra: fashion meets fitness. This is evident through her simple, yet attractive pairing of a large, white Adidas tee (with the old-school plant shaped emblem printed across the front) with ankle high black slacks that would not look out of place in a sky-scraping Melbourne office building. Meanwhile, the Gucci handbag brings it all together in a truly diverse melange of sensibilities.
Another sign of her fitspo tendencies? Her blog posts on how-to fitness lifestyle, like her â€˜how to find 5 minutes a day to complete this workoutâ€™ post at the top of her blog. With a niche like this, refined and functional, it isnâ€™t hard to see how success has come by Ally and her blog, Substance.
We recommend reading:Â 6 Tips To Make Living Out of a Suitcase EasyÂ for advice on how to keep stylish while travelling or moving.
5. NICOLE WARNE,Ã‚Â GARY PEPPER GIRL
It would be an incomplete list without at least mentioning Gary Pepper Girl, one of the most visible examples of Australian fashion blogging done right. Ms. WarneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s popularity comes by virtue of spectacularly-shot content featuring some of the most premium brand names in the industry: Chanel, Valentino, LÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Oreal Luxe, Dolce & GabbanaÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ the list goes on. This social media darling has reached the zenith of her industryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s world, having been featured in magazines like Business of Fashion, ForbesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ 30 Under 30 list, and Porter Magazine for being among Ã¢â‚¬Ëœ50 Incredible WomenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ named.
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hard to imagine humbler beginnings. What began in 2009 as a small eBay store with vintage womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s clothing and accessories has ballooned into a full on fashion conglomerate. Her styles are reminiscent of bourgeois days gone by, with elegant shoulderless crimson svelte dresses and diamond-encrusted medallions pieced together into a luxury necklace. No doubt about it, Ms. Warne has found her niche among an elite readership who canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get enough.
We recommend reading:Ã‚Â Summer ReadyÃ‚Â for tips on how to look after your skin during summer.
6. ANTOINETTE KOULAS,Ã‚Â SYDNEY FASHION BLOGGER
Author of Sydney Fashion Blogger Antoinette Marie has a genuine love of fashion, and regularly posts fun, relaxed and colourful posts. What began as a creative outlet for Antoinette quickly grew into an extremely popular blog with thousands of followers. The self-confessed shopaholic provides a unique and fresh take on current trends and only ever wears clothes that she feels resonate perfectly with her personal style.
We recommend reading:Ã‚Â Electric BlueÃ‚Â for inspiration on how to pull off a bright blue outfit.
7. JESS DEMPSEY,Ã‚Â WHAT WOULD KARL DO
Former visual merchandiser and celebrity stylist Jess Dempsey is the founder of the fashion blog What Would Karl Do?, inspired by the one and only Karl Lagerfeld. Since 2010, when the blog began, JessÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ followers have seen her through two pregnancies (and her killer maternity style), local and international fashion weeks, multiple campaigns, and ambassadorships with AustraliaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s leading brands and designers.
We recommend reading:Ã‚Â DoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s and DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ts of Racing FashionÃ‚Â on how to style yourself for the races.
8. ASHKA SHEN,Ã‚Â XSSAT
Ashka Shen is a fashion photographer and street style blogger. Ashka has shot worldwide, from London to New York to Paris, and her street style work has been featured in numerous international and Australian publications such as Vogue Australia, Elle Korea, Russh Australia, Singapore Today, Grazia Germany, Nylon Japan and HarperÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Bazaar Australia. Her blog, xssat, was born out of her passion for photography and fashion all the way back in 2008 and has been popular among Australian fashionistas ever since.
We recommend reading:Ã‚Â Style StoriesÃ‚Â for fashion inspiration from real everyday New Yorkers snapped on the streets.
9. KARA WILSON,Ã‚Â SYDNEY STYLE EDIT
Kara Wilson works in the wardrobe department of the Nine Network Australia, where she has worked in a team of stylists to purchase, organise and style outfits for pre-recorded and live television shows as well as styling the Nine talent for promotional shoots. Kara began the womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fashion blog, Sydney Style Edit, in 2014, as a creative outlet for her work at Nine. Since then, the blog has expanded into fitness and editorials produced in collaboration with like-minded industry creatives.
We recommend reading:Ã‚Â Denim For DaysÃ‚Â on how to style denim clothing.
10. JESS STEIN,Ã‚Â TUULA VINTAGE
Jess Stein is the creative mastermind behind Tuula Vintage, an online fashion brand that originally started as a simple travel blog so her family and friends could keep up with her globe-trotting. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s now blossomed into a re-purposed vintage fashion mecca. Jess travels the world, combining her love for retro threads with her luxurious lifestyle and wanderlust desire to travel to beautiful and exotic locations. Jess won CosmopolitanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬ËœBlogger of the YearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Award in 2012, and has collaborated with many global fashion designers, such as Faithfull The Label. With over 1.6 million followers on Instagram and a devout following of her blog (complete with stunning images taken by her many photographer friends), Jess is one of the most popular fashion bloggers in Australia.
We recommend reading:Ã‚Â Faithfull Travels in Sri LankaÃ‚Â for stunning photos and eloquent words.
MALE FASHION BLOGGERS
1. LEE OLIVEIRA,Ã‚Â LEE OLIVEIRA
Lee Oliveira Media Group Australia was founded in 2010. Initially starting as a blog showcasing street style imagery from global fashion weeks, it has developed into a multi-faceted fashion business. Lee Oliveira has an eye for detail and has worked with major global brands including Valentino, Levis, Diesel and Sunglass Hut. He provides specialised consultation to individuals, designers, retailers and fashion brands, and was voted one the top influencers in street style by the Chicago Tribune.
We recommend reading:Ã‚Â Diletta Bonaiuti: The Italian eye candy we want to copy today!Ã‚Â for some Italian fashion inspiration.
2. ARRNOTT OLSSEN,Ã‚Â ROGUE HOMME
Arrnott Olssen is an accomplished music artist, fashion stylist and lifestyle commentator with a passion for style and fitness. He created Rogue Homme in 2012 with the aim of empowering the modern day gentleman to be confident and to lead the best life possible. This followed a change in his lifestyle in 2011 whereby he completely transformed his look through personal training and healthier eating habits.
We recommend reading:Ã‚Â Fathers Day Gift Guide The Best MixÃ‚Â for clothing and accessory gift ideas for your stylish Dads, Uncles, and even Grandfathers.
3. ELIAS EL-INDARI,Ã‚Â SMF
Elias El-indari spends a lot of his time travelling the world and has a keen interest in menÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fashion and street style. He started the blog SMF in 2013 with the aim of providing fashion, travel and lifestyle inspiration for gentlemen. SMF has become the source of fashion and lifestyle advice for the modern day gentlemen and is now one of the most popular menÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fashion blogs in the Middle East.
We recommend reading:Ã‚Â Summer Colours With Eden ParkÃ‚Â for tips and inspiration on how to wear different colours in summer.
4. BENJAMIN GALBRAITH,Ã‚Â KOLONEL MUSTARD
Benjamin Galbraith is a freelance set and costume designer from Adelaide, and founder of the blog Kolonel Mustard. His passion for art lead him into a career in theatre design and his interest in fashion was born out of the idea that first impressions are really important. He regularly wears suits and holds a belief that style can change oneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s life.
We recommend reading:Ã‚Â IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve Launched My Own Brand!Ã‚Â to learn about BenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fashion collection and how to style pieces from his collection.
5. PAUL JUCHIMA,Ã‚Â NO PAPARAZZI MAN
Paul Juchima is an investment banker, with a love of menswear, travel and living a positive lifestyle. He has been fortunate enough to live in Europe, and experience the culture of over 70 different countries. He began the blog No Paparazzi Man to help men who also aspire to live and healthy and happy lifestyle, by giving fashion, travel and general lifestyle tips.
We recommend reading:Ã‚Â 4 Shoe Styles for Men this Spring/Summer 16Ã‚Â for the latest menÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s shoe trends to copy this summer.
6. MAX MCDOUGALL,Ã‚Â MAXXIE
At the tender age of 19, Max McDougall had already worked with a number of Australian designers and stylists. He is a major contributor to menÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s lifestyle and fashion pieces in print publications throughout Australia, including as the menswear fashion contributor for the Melbourne Central Shopping Centre. Studying fashion business at Melbourne University, he enlists the help of his fashionista mates for photography duties, and shares his style thoughts and inspirations through highly visual forms on his blog, Maxxie.
We recommend reading:Ã‚Â Trying Something NewÃ‚Â for young, fun beach images.
7. JARED ACQUARO,Ã‚Â A POOR MANÃ¢â‚¬â„¢S MILLIONS
Jared Acquaro is a Melbourne style blogger who documents his musings on menÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fashion and lifestyle on his blog, Ã¢â‚¬ËœA Poor ManÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s MillionsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢. The blog focusses on the fact that you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t actually need a million bucks toÃ‚Â lookÃ‚Â a million bucks, and it showcases different patterns, styles, fits, accessories and brands. Jared has worked with brands such as Tommy Luca, and is the Australian Menswear Ambassador for ASOS in Australia and New Zealand. His blog oozes sophisticated masculinity, representing his obsession with tailored menswear, and bringing together Ã¢â‚¬ËœHow ToÃ¢â‚¬â„¢sÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ in regards to a number of fashion faux pas, as well as stunning imagery.
We recommend reading:Ã‚Â Office Wear: How to Buy Right for YouÃ‚Â for office fashion tips.
8. GIAN REYES,Ã‚Â WAYWARD SON
Gian Reyes is the founder of Australian menÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s lifestyle Bible Ã¢â‚¬ËœWayward SonsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢. He worked in advertising and freelance journalism before delving into the online fashion world, creating a blog that covers everything from gadgets to cars, to women and fashion. The style section is very practical, aiming to guide AustraliaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s men on how they can be the most stylish version of themselves, through topics such as Ã¢â‚¬ËœHow to Travel in StyleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ and Ã¢â‚¬ËœWhy You Should Ditch Leather ShoelacesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢.
We recommend reading:Ã‚Â Suiting Up on a Budget, for finding the perfect affordable suit.
9. MARCO VOLPATO,Ã‚Â MR VOLPATO
Marco, as well as being the CEO of MyPerks (an app offering Ã¢â‚¬ËœperksÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ for the employees of the companies who are registered), started Mr. Volpato in the August of 2013. Labelled as Ã¢â‚¬ËœAustraliaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s No. 1 GentlemenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s BlogÃ¢â‚¬â„¢, Volpato fills the platform with luxurious imagery, practical advice and excellent writing. Whether itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s rings, tassel loafers, ASOS cardigans or Italian suits and blazers, Mr. Volpato has got it covered, all with a charming, old-time style.
We recommend reading:Ã‚Â 10 Simple Ways to Dress Better, because who doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to learn how to do that?
10. BENJAMIN FITZGERALD,Ã‚Â DÃ¢â‚¬â„¢MARGE
Last but definitely not least is Benjamin Fitzgerald, who is a leading contributor to the crazily popular DÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Marge online fashion publication. Upon his return from working in Paris, where he was a journalist for leading European fashion publications, he now uses his global perspective to create unique and interesting fashion pieces for the DÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Marge platform, spanning everything from t-shirts, trouser lengths, fragrances and office-approved jeans.
We recommend reading:Ã‚Â How to Dress in Your 30sÃ‚Â for age-appropriate style tips and advice.
PERFECTING YOUR FIT: A MANâ€™S COMPLETE GUIDE TO MEASURING CLOTHING
When choosing clothing, style is important. A somewhat elusive beast, itâ€™s what gives you your distinct appearance, allowing you to express yourself when attached to a particular environment. Understand what styles, colours and patterns suit you and youâ€™re well on your way to looking great.
But what about fit â€“ is that as important?
You betcha it is.
The most important thing when choosing a shirt is to get the right fit. Gathered in all the right places, it will give you a smart look, a defined silhouette, and the confidence that comes from knowing you are impeccably dressed. The same goes for a great suit â€“ one of the most important pieces in a manâ€™s wardrobe. In fact, a good fit should apply to all clothing, from t-shirts and pants to belts, hats, shoes â€“ just about anything you put on.
So how do you measure for all this?
HOW TO MEASURE YOUR CHEST
Chest size is determined by measuring around the widest part of your torso, which is just below your arms and across your chest. The tape should be nice and snug, but not so tight that it constricts your breathing. Itâ€™s important that you keep the tape horizontal and that you breathe normally when measuring, or you could end up with a tighter fit than planned.
HOW TO MEASURE YOUR NECK
To determine your collar/neck size, measure around your neck, just above your collarbone, putting one finger between the tape and your neck. Alternatively you can add Â¼ inch to your measurement before rounding up the size to the nearest Â½ inch. As a guide, the average man has a collar/neck size of 16 inches.
HOW TO MEASURE YOUR SLEEVE
Many off-the-shelf dress shirts and jackets come in different sleeve lengths, so itâ€™s a good idea to measure for this too.
- Measure from the top of the centre back, at the nape of your neck to the end of your shoulder at the top of your arm.
- Bending the elbow, continue to measure from your shoulder to just before the wrist bone, or to where you would like your cuff to sit.
HOW TO MEASURE YOUR TORSO LENGTH
Especially important when buying jackets, torso length determines where the bottom of your jacket will sit. Measure from the bottom of the collar to where you would like the base of your jacket to sit.
HOW TO MEASURE YOUR WAIST
Measuring your waist is hugely important, unless you donâ€™t mind risking an embarrassing moment revealing those unsightly love handles. To measure:
- Find the top of your hip bone and the bottom of your ribs. Breathe normally as you do and remove any other clothing or roll it out of the way.
- Place the tape measure midway between these points and wrap it around your waist. The tape should be snug, but not squeezing on your stomach.
- Inhale through your nose for a count of three to five. Exhale fully from your mouth, again for a count of three to five. Read the measurement on the tape once you have pushed all the air out of your stomach.
HOW TO MEASURE YOUR INSEAM
- Stand barefoot on a hard floor, with your back to the wall. Move your feet approximately six inches apart and look straight ahead.
- Being careful not to include your man sack, draw a tape measure horizontally from the topmost position between your legs to the floor. If someone could assist you with this it would be hugely beneficial. If youâ€™ve got no one around to help you could alternatively try measuring down the inside of your favourite pair of pants. Lay them flat on the floor and carefully measure the length from the crotch seam to the bottom of the leg.
HOW TO MEASURE YOUR BELT SIZE
A good belt can sustain you through years of regular use so it pays to get the measurements right. Donâ€™t just presume they will align with your waist measurements.
Measuring your belt size can be done in one of two ways. The first is to take a belt that fits well (either one you already own or one in a store) and spread it out flat. Make sure the belt is fully extended and doesnâ€™t have any slack. Measure from the base of the buckle prong to the centre hole. If you donâ€™t use the centre hole, measure from the base of the buckle prong to the hole you use most. Depending on your waist size, this number should be somewhere between 30 inches and 60 inches.
The second way involves threading a fabric measuring tape through the belt loops of a pair of good fitting pants. Pinch the two sides together where they meet in front and read the measurement. Add two inches to the measurement to get your belt size.
HOW TO MEASURE YOUR HAT SIZE
Every man should have at least one good hat and whether itâ€™s a baseball cap, a fedora, trilby or top hat, knowing your hat size gives you the best chance at it looking great.
To measure your hat size:
- Place a tape measure around your head about ?â€ above your ear, across the mid-forehead, completely circling your head.
- The tape should be firm and snug, but not too tight. If your measurement falls between sizes, round it up to the higher size.
HOW TO MEASURE YOUR SHOE SIZE
The easiest way to measure your shoe size is to slip into a shoe store and use a Brannock Device. Measure both the length and width of your foot and measure them at the end of the day when your feet are at their biggest and most swollen.
MEASURING FOR PARTICULAR CLOTHING
Knowing what measurements youâ€™ll need when buying clothing will help you find the perfect fit every time. A good idea is to keep these measurements written down on a card in your wallet, so that youâ€™ll have them handy every time you go shopping.
WHEN BUYING A JACKET, MEASURE:
- Chest (note that almost every tailor and manufacturer cuts the chest of a jacket 4â€ larger than your actual chest measurement, so a size 42 jacket would actually have a measurement of 46â€ yet it would still say 42)
- Waist (usually 2-4â€ smaller than your chest measurement)
- Shoulder width (from shoulder seam to shoulder seam)
- Torso length
- Sleeve length
WHEN BUYING A SUIT, MEASURE:
- Sleeve length (add two inches to your wrist measurement)
- Your seat (the widest part of your hips)
WHEN BUYING A DRESS SHIRT, MEASURE:
- Sleeve length
- Shoulder width (from shoulder seam to shoulder seam)
- Torso length
- Bicep around
- Wrist around
WHEN BUYING A CASUAL SHIRT MEASURE:
- Sleeve length
WHEN BUYING PANTS MEASURE:
READING SIZE CHARTS
Now that you have your measurements, you should be able to find out what size will typically fit you. Take a look at the Australian chart below, and check which column best corresponds with your measurements to identify the size you should order.
CLOTHING SIZE CONVERSION
Need to convert your size to another countryâ€™s sizes?
Use the converter below to help:
Once youâ€™ve got all your measurements written down, you should be well on your way to choosing the right clothes for your desired look. If you get it need a little help taking the right measurements, simply visitÂ us, your stylist tailor. Trusted by over one million customers every year, weâ€™re your one stop shop for repairing, restyling, shortening, lengthening and remodelling.
A WOMANâ€™S GUIDE TO CLOTHING MEASUREMENTS
Whether youâ€™re purchasing something online or having something altered, knowing your measurements â€“ including your bust, waist, hip, seam, shoulder width and sleeve length â€“ is key to having perfectly fitted clothing. And having your clothes sitting just right can really make the difference between looking good and lookingÂ greatÂ in a piece of clothing.
But how do you ensure you have your measurements right? Weâ€™ll walk you through how to take each of your measurements in this comprehensive guide.
WHY ARE MEASUREMENTS SO IMPORTANT?
Measurements are so often taken for granted, but they are a crucial part of so many aspects of life. Take medicine for example. If you have an illness that requires medication, you must ensure you take the proper amount to get better. When you bake, you have to carefully distribute ingredients to ensure just the right taste and texture. And then thereâ€™s temperature â€“ you wouldnâ€™t dunk a teabag in warm water now, would you? Similarly, getting your bodyâ€™s measurements right helps your clothing do what it was intended to do: it gives you the recipe required to look your best.
Measurements in clothing have become even more important in recent years, thanks to our growing love of online shopping. Whether you buy them from a big box store or a custom clothier, shopping online can save you a ton â€“ but you do run the risk of purchasing something thatâ€™s not the right fit.
Most people have a rough idea of what size they are (an 8, 10, 12, 14 for example, or a small, medium, or large). But to shop online without the fear that youâ€™ll be forced to return your goods you must have more accurate knowledge of your size and shape. Remember, one companyâ€™s size 10 is another companyâ€™s size 8, with some labels and designers purposefully using â€˜vanity sizesâ€™ to make customers feel better about themselves and more loyal to a brand.
The more you know about your body, the better you can dress it. Keep your measurements written down, and refer to them when shopping or ordering custom-made apparel. Store them in your phone or purse, so you have them handy wherever you go.
SO HOW DO YOU GET ACCURATE MEASUREMENTS?
The best way to get accurate measurements is to have them professionally taken. This is especially important for woman and bra sizes, which can be tricky to fit without being being tried on. LookSmart Alterations has over 25 years experience in alterations, tailoring and repairs, andÂ have store locations right across Australia. Weâ€™d be happy to take your measurements and provide you with the perfect fit to compliment your style and body type.
But if you need to take some quick measurements at home, or if you want to check if your body has changed since your last professional measuring, hereâ€™s how to do it yourself.
For men, taking your own measurements is about paying attention to a few key areas. For pants and slacks it requires height, waist size, and inseam measurements, while shirts focus on chest size, sleeve length and neck size.
For women itâ€™s a little more complicated.
Like men, your key areas to measure will be your chest, waist, hips and inseam. But youâ€™ll also want to measure your â€œnatural waistâ€, or the slimmest part of your torso, and the fullest part of your legs and bust. If you plan on wearing collared shirts and blouses, add neck size and sleeve length to this list as well.
To get started, all you need is a soft tape measure and a notepad and pencil to jot the measurements down as you go.
HOW TO MEASURE YOUR BUST
- Start by removing your top and bra. Place the tape measure directly below your bust, ensuring itâ€™s level and snug. Round to the nearest whole number. If the number is even, add four inches. If the number is odd, add five inches. This will become your â€˜band numberâ€™ (eg the 34 in 34D).
- Wrap the measuring tape loosely around the fullest part of your chest, at nipple level. Round to the nearest whole number. This will become your bust measurement.
- Subtract your band size from your bust size. If there is a difference of zero inches, your cup size is AA. If there is a difference of one inch your cup size is an A. For every increase in inch difference you go up a cup size.
HOW TO MEASURE YOUR WAIST
- Start by removing your clothing or raising your shirt to just below your chest. The tape measure will need to be against your bare stomach to offer accurate information.
- Using your fingers, find your waist by placing your thumbs at the base of your rib cage and your index fingers at the top of your hips. Your waist will be the narrowest part of your torso.
- Stand up straight, exhale slowly, and bring the measuring tape from your navel around your body to connect at the front. The tape should be parallel to the floor and fit snugly around your torso without digging in.
- Write down the number at the meeting point of the measuring tape. This is your waist measurement.
HOW TO MEASURE YOUR HIPS
- Stand in front of a full length mirror in just your underwear. This will help ensure your tape doesnâ€™t twist. Place your feet together, toes facing forward.
- Find the widest part of your hips and place your measuring tape in the middle of this point by securing it with your thumb on the side of your hip.
- Bring the tape around your back to join at the starting point. The tape should be level to ensure it records your bottom measurements too, and snug but not digging in. If you can fit more than one finger under the joined tape, itâ€™s too loose.
- Record the number at the meeting point of the tape. This is your hip measurement.
HOW TO MEASURE YOUR SHOULDERS
- For this particular measurement, you will need a partner. If you donâ€™t have a partner, simply find a shirt that fits you very well and measure the garment.
- If you have a partner, stand in front facing them. Start measuring from the outside edge of the shoulder where the yoke of the shirt will be.
- Measure across the curve of your shoulders to the outside edge.
- If you need to measure from the shoulder to your bust, start at the middle point of the slope of your shoulder and measure down towards your nipple.
HOW TO MEASURE YOUR ARM LOOP
- Standing with your feet flat on the ground and with your arms down by your sides, place the measuring tape on top of your shoulder and loop it under your armpit. Make sure the tape is sitting comfortably and not too tightly.Â Â
HOW TO MEASURE YOUR HEIGHT
- Remove all shoes and socks and stand with your feet flat and your heels touching a wall.
- Place a box, book or other flat object on top of your head, and have someone mark a location on the wall underneath the object.
- Step away from the wall and, with a tape measure, record the height from the floor to the marked point on the wall.
HOW TO MEASURE YOUR INSEAM
- Stand with your back against the wall and while standing tall, have another person measure from the top inseam point to the heel. If you regularly wear heels, or you plan to with this outfit, itâ€™s helpful to either wear heels when measuring or add half an inch to 1 inch to the recorded measurement.
- If you donâ€™t have someone with you, try measuring the inseam of an existing pair of pants, ideally a pair you love the fit of. Fold the article of clothing in half (the long way) and measure in inches from the crotch seam or bottom of the zipper to the bottom of the leg.
- If you are buying material that can slightly shrink if machine washed, add about Â½ an inch to the measurements.
WHEN BUYING A TOP MEASURE YOURâ€¦
- Natural waist
WHEN BUYING PANTS MEASURE YOURâ€¦
- Natural waist
WHEN BUYING A DRESS MEASURE YOURâ€¦.
- Natural waist
HOW TO MEASURE DRESS LENGTH
Dresses come in all kinds of lengths, however, from mini dresses and above knee dresses to below the knee, mid-calf, ballerina, ankle and floor length dresses. If you were measuring a mini dress that has sleeves you would start with the shoulder near the side of your neck and measure to mid-thigh. If you were measuring a halter-top dress you would start at the chest and measure down to mid-thigh. As a guideâ€¦
- Mini â€“Â measure to mid-thigh
- Above the knee â€“Â measure to a few inches above the knee
- Knee â€“Â measure to the knee, grazing the top of the knee
- Below kneeÂ â€“ measure to a couple of inches below the knee
- Mid-calf â€“Â measure to the middle of your calf
- Below mid-calf â€“Â measure to a few inches below your calf
- Ballerina â€“Â measure to a couple of inches above your ankle
- Ankle â€“Â measure to your ankle
- Floor length â€“Â measure to your toes
READING SIZE CHARTS
Clothing charts are prolific in e-commerce stores, however they can often be confusing to decipher. Typically they will be set up in a table, with one axis laying out the sizes, the other displaying inches or centimetres. Look at the row or column that best corresponds with your measurements to identify the size you should order.
Keep in mind that size charts tend to vary from store to store and that even with your measurements in hand, you may be surprised by the wide array of sizes. As a general guide you should:
- Always choose the larger size if your measurements come between two sizes.
- Avoid dress size generators that claim to be able to tell you your accurate size. They canâ€™t.
- Pay attention to the origin of the size chart. American, European, Asian, Australian sizes can vary.
CONVERTING SIZE CHARTS
Now you should be able to see your regular clothing size for Australian fit clothing, so you can use the below chart to compare that with sizes from other countries.
MEASURING WELL FOR GREAT FITTING CLOTHES
Methods for determining measurements are not necessarily standardised, but most sellers utilise the measurement styles of waist, hip, bust and inseam. Even if they do vary, having your measurements handy to you when ordering will put you in significantly greater stead for online shopping, as well as when creating custom perfection.