Shopping can verge on the traumatic sometimes after trying on clothes that pinch in odd places or sag in other areas. Often times a frustrating trip to the mall can convince us that we really do need to hit the gym so that we will actually fit in normal clothes. And while weight loss can be a good goal depending on your current health, your body may not necessarily be to blame.
Why Don’t Things Fit Right?
New research seems to suggest that nationally, the basic shape of both men and women’s bodies seems to be changing. SizeUSA began as a research project to identify what the modern figure actually looks like. “We heard a lot of complaints from consumers about not being able to find clothes that fit them,” explains project director Jim Lovejoy.
After scanning the shapes of 10,000 American men and women of various races, sizes and areas, SizeUSA mathematically calculated a real “average” body type. And “not surprisingly” the size of the average person was not the same as that which the fashion industry bases clothing on.
Most clothes today are made with an hourglass shape in mind for both men and women. But Lovejoy reports that today men “are now leaning more towards what we call the inverted triangular shape, their shoulders wider than their hips, while women are going the other way, pear-shaped, with hips wider than shoulders.”
This might help explain why clothing at the store doesn’t always fit like a glove on our frames.
Tailored for Your Body
With clothes that are not made for your body and endless options, from slim fit to wide legs, some individuals feel at a loss when it comes to clothes shopping. Many people have turned custom clothing. For instance, some shop bras can be ordered in custom sizes, even half sizes, designed specifically for your shape.
When customized clothing is not available or you fall in love with a department style but want an individual fit, tailoring can be the perfect option. Designer Rebecca Moses points out that “clothes are made for an average form, certain generic measurements, and no one really has the ideal average form. We all have something different body-wise.” And that can make finding the perfect fit tricky, if not impossible sometimes. That is why having your wardrobe tailored can be a fantastic investment. Just like maintenance on a piece of equipment, alterations can help your clothing perform better.
Understanding how clothes are designed today and how your individual body might not match the “average” type—which it turns out no one’s frame really does anyway—can help you find custom garments or a good tailor. With clothes made for your body, you can feel more comfortable and confident.
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