Trying to find clothes that fit, flatter us, and feel comfortable seems harder than finding a needle in a haystack sometimes. And since we cycle through different dress sizes on a monthly basis (thanks hormones), finding clothes that fit well all the time is even more difficult. It can be tempting to compromise – if it looks okay, even if it doesn’t feel okay, it’ll do. There are so many reasons to avoid making this compromise, not least because you’re spending your hard-earned money on something you don’t even want, and might not ever wear again. Nope, clothing compromises are a bad idea, and here are five more reasons why.
You could be compromising your safety
It might sound melodramatic, but badly fitting clothes could actually be really bad for your body. The obvious example is shoes – when shoes are too big they slip around on the heel, causing the mothers of all blisters and forcing you to utter the line “I’m only wearing flip-flips from now on”. When you force your feet into heels which are too small because they look perfect for a night out, you’ve got yourself a case of crushed toes and a disinclination to ever stand up again – they can even cause long term damage to the bones and tendons of your feet. You wouldn’t choose poorly fitting shoes on purpose, so why choose poorly fitting clothes?
Skinny jeans are the worst for it – when your pants are so tight that they’re digging into the flesh of your stomach, your organs are being pinched and moved, which isn’t particularly good for them. Tight fitting pants can even cause your nerves in the top of your legs to be pinched, which can lead to tingly feeling and numbness. All in all, it’s a good idea to prioritize clothes which fit you for this reason alone – looking good but compromising your safety and well-being just isn’t worth it.
Well fitting clothes look better
This could go without saying, but I’m going to say it anyway: clothes which fit you, suit your body shape, and emphasize your assets are crucial for looking good. If your clothes are too tight, too loose, or a particularly unflattering fabric, your sense of style is going to suffer, understandably. Take some time to research styles which suit you; which you find comfortable, and which suit your figure best. This information is the holy grail for shopping in the future, and a bit of time spent on research is definitely not wasted.
Well-fitting wardrobe staples are the basis of any good outfit, whether it’s tailored black jeans, a blazer that draws your waist in just right, or a few white spaghetti strap tops to wear under shirts – the well fitting wardrobe staple pulls your whole style together, so invest wisely. It’s also important to know when to go to a tailor – any item of clothing which requires adjustment to look perfect, particularly when it comes to smart clothes, is worth a trip to the tailor. It sounds like a waste of money, but wait until you see the before and after of your waistline in the beautifully tailored blazer – you’ll be a convert immediately.
They’re cost effective
Poorly fitting clothes will wear out faster, it’s just a fact of life. When the fabric is being contorted against its natural seam, it’s far more likely to tear, meaning you’ve got to replace that item of clothing much fast than you would otherwise. If you’ve chosen clothes which are too tight, the fabric will wear away must quicker, meaning you’ll have weakened patches usually around armpits and upper thighs which contribute to that awkward tear when you bend down to pick up a pen at work.
Well-fitting clothes will wear and tear far more slowly, so you’ll get a much longer life out of them. And if that’s not reason enough, you’ll also find that you’ll just keep on wearing them. We’ve all done that annoying thing where we have bought a beautiful dress because it’s beautiful, not because it fits well. It’s almost like we expect our body shape to change overnight, because that would be the only fair and reasonable thing for it to do. Well, it doesn’t. So now you have a beautiful dress, hanging in the wardrobe, judging you for your poor decision making and frivolous attitude towards money. It just isn’t worth the guilt!
Your comfort has to come first
We’ve already covered all the horrible ways that badly fitting pants can cause your internal organs to move around and nerves get pinched, but what about everyday comfort? Fair enough, badly fitting clothes won’t all affect your musculoskeletal system, thankfully, but they will make you fidget, wriggle, and generally hate the day, which might be even worse. Take a poorly fitting bra as an example. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of it riding up your back, the slight rubbing of the end of the underwire on your armpit and rib cage, the nice four-boob effect you get, and the eternal backache you have to endure. The discomfort from a poorly fitting bra is phenomenal, and so not worth it. Take your time to get professionally fitted, choose a style you like, and make sure you get one which suits your size, such as these Freya Bras for the well-endowed. Yes, it might cost a little bit more, and it might mean you have to go to the store and see a real person, instead of the joys of internet shopping, but the comfort is totally worth it.
There is no better confidence boost
Knowing you look great and feel great is amazing for your self-esteem. When you wear clothes which make you look frumpy, dumpy, or just plain unattractive, it can really take its toll on your feeling of self-worth. When your clothes make you feel confident, successful, sassy and beautiful, you go out there ready to take on the world. If this isn’t reason enough, I don’t know what is.
When you’re shopping for new clothes, take your time to find the items which compliment your body shape and make you feel good – you won’t regret it.
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