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I was inspired to write this article after I ordered a pair of tights online that were too small. I'd waited over a week to get them, only to be disappointed when jumping to get into them did not work for me. Because I loved the tights so much, I now had to send them back, wait for reimbursement, order a new pair, and wait another week. Too many spontaneous disappointments begin to eat away at time and money you could be using to enjoy your best life!! So here are a few good points to consider when shopping online.
#1- Know Thy Own Measurements
The easiest way to find your measurements is to measure yourself. You will be amazed at how easy it is take your measurements. Most people do not own a tape measure. But here's great news... They are cheap and inexpensive! If you do not own a tape measure, please visit Ebay and grab one for less than $4 with free shipping. This is the same exact one I've had for over a decade. It has never faded or frayed. I simply roll it up and put it away in a drawer until the next time I need to measure myself. Tape Measure from Ebay.
How To Measure-- There are three main measurements you will need to grab; the bust (chest), waist, and hips. Wrap the tape measure around all three areas (one at a time) and wrote those numbers down on a sticky note somewhere. Whenever you lose weight (or gain weight), you will want to measure yourself again.
#2- Look For The Size Guides
Size guides are charts or graphs that will help you to decide the size of the garment that will fit your body best. Unless you are familiar with how a particular brand or label's clothes fit, it will be helpful to compare your measurements with the measurements listed on the size guides. And now that you know your personal measurements, you can plug those numbers into the size guides posted with virtually all retailers online. For example, if your measurements are Bust (44inch), Waist (36inch), and Hip (49inch), you will see those measurements fall into size 1 for this company.
Just one thing to remember, although these guides are very helpful, they are not always perfect. You may have to make adjustments to the size if your hips are very large in proportion to your bust and waist. In this case you will have to account for other factors not listed in this article to find a good match.
#3- virtual dressing rooms
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the virtual dressing room is becoming popular again. Most retailers have closed their fitting rooms until conditions are better. As a result, many of the larger retailers have teamed up with third party developers to create online virtual fitting rooms and 3D avatars to help you select the best size. This also helps retailers by cutting the costs associated with returns from clothes that don't fit.
So with that information I hope your shopping experience will be a more productive and less frustrating when you receive clothes that fit the first time around!!
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