According to Handy, shopping for clothes can be a fun and exciting experience, especially when you know what you are looking for. However, if you have no idea what to look for it can become a frustrating experience. Fortunately, clothes are available in a wide range of styles, colors, and cuts and you are definitely going to find your dream cloth if you keep a few important criteria in your mind.
Things to Remember
Here are a few things to remember when looking for clothes:
- Consider your figure – When purchasing clothes, it’s important to take your natural figure into account since certain clothes can accentuate many areas of your body. For instance, an empire waist can emphasize your bust whereas you would look curvier when wearing low-waisted pants.
Tighter clothes provide more definition while baggy clothes hide them. Vertical lines on clothes can make you look thinner whereas horizontal stripes can make you look wider. You can make your bottom half look wider by wearing line skirts. However, wearing tapered skirts helps to de-emphasize your lower body.
- Ensure the clothes are of the correct size – Before purchasing any clothes, it’s crucial to know your exact measurements. This can save you a lot of confusion and time when you are trying to figure out whether certain clothes would fit your body. For the best results, we recommend that you measure your hips, upper arm, neck, inseam, widest or the fullest part of your chest, and natural waistline to get a fair idea of what type of clothes to look for.
When you choose clothes that are of the correct fit, they would be comfortable to wear for prolonged durations and won’t hinder your movements. And, if you are planning to lose weight, it’s better to purchase clothes that fit you now and hold off on buying clothes that you think you would fit into after a few months.
- Be sure to check your look from all angles – Many clothes that look stunning from the front can look terrible when viewed from the sides of from behind. That’s why it’s important to check how to look in a particular set of clothes from every angle. The best way to do that is to ask a friend or family member to inspect how you look from all angles.
Otherwise, you can go into a fitting room with many mirrors and check for yourself. You can use the front-facing camera of your smartphone and point it upwards while you are turned around from the mirror to see how you look from the back.
- Figure out which colors look good on you – The colors of a garment can affect your overall look and most of it depends on your skin tone and the color combination. Typically, cool colors look better on people with cool-toned skin while warmer colors look better on people with warm undertones.
You should also select clothes that feature complimentary colors such as blue and orange, purple and yellow, red and green, etc.
Handy suggests you stick to your preferred clothing brand and buy multiple versions of clothing that you find interesting. Don’t be tempted by sales or discounts if you don’t like the style of the garment or if you believe they won’t fit you.