I often joke with workshop groups that the word “fit” doesn’t mean “I can zip it” or even “it’s the right size”. True FIT has a lot more nuance. “Fit” skims your shape without hugging, but without excess bulk either. “Fit” means the garment itself and it’s various elements — sleeves as well as hemlines — end at flattering positions on your body. “Fit” is unlikely to exist in a garment right off the rack, without a few strategic tweaks. And those tweaks can make a world of difference. Just check out this example …
Two really cute garments in my correct size, but without some strategic customizing they make my hourglass shape look more like an oval with extra fullness through the middle.
See the difference it made to taper the skirt a bit from hip to hemline? But even more amazing, I had the jacket side seams shaped a bit toward the waistline and added vertical darts in back to remove even more excess fullness. You’d swear I took off 10 pounds! If only. We shortened the sleeves too, but I still like them better with the cuffs rolled back. There is something about exposing the wrist and lower arm that elongates a person’s frame, and at 5’3″ I’m all about appearing a little taller.
Are there clothes you’re not wearing because they don’t have a flattering fit? It pays to make a skilled tailor your new best fashion friend!