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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KRaven Photography| Atlanta, GA
I call this look "Urban Lightning Flash". We took a trip to the bridge on Boulevard Street in downtown Atlanta, near Edgewood. It was a cool spring day. The temperature was probably about 60-65 degrees. I believe this was a Sunday morning so the area was not congested as it normally is.
This hoodie is from PUMA. It was very comfortable. I've never seen it on any fashion magazine. It either came from Burlington or Ross. I paid about $16 for it. The white tee beneath it is a necessary. If you feel extra confident, you might be able to rock a sports bra underneath.
These came from Eastbay. I've only ordered 2 pairs of Eastbay leggings in my life. They are comfortable to walk around in. Every now and then I'll have to pull them up to keep them on. That part...
These are PUMA Fierce Core Training Shoes. These shoes are very comfortable. I can go walking or I can do my circuit training. They've always given me the balance and support that I've needed.
I just thought they were cute to add. Makes me feel like dancing. I'm cold natured so the little extra layer does make feel a little warmer.
KRaven Photography| Atlanta, GA
This shoot was my first shoot with a professional photographer. I took this a few years ago but never really did anything with the pictures until now.
I'm rocking my Puma Jitsu Wedge Sneakers. I got them in Black and White too. I don't wear them much because they are just that special.
These fingerless workout gloves are from Reebok. They have breathable mesh material that keeps my hands from sweating too much during a workout. I got them before I sold out to the Puma brand. I don't make it a habit to mix sports brands anymore. I feel like I'm clashing when I do.
It has been so many years ago that I don't remember where I got these tights from. I don't have them anymore because the crotch sagged in the front. This was not cute when I went to workout. And my purpose is to look cute when I workout. So soon after the shoot I tossed them. I had to figure out what works. And when you are 5 feet 2 inches, you are not usually guaranteed the best fit when it comes to exercise tights. I've got 2 strikes- I'm shorter than the average woman, and my booty is out of this world! So the journey to having a cute fitness booty has been a challenge.
A few years ago I purchased my first exercise ball. I loved exercising in the aerobics room with the balls there. I figured if I wanted to work on a few exercises outside of the gym I should get one. And they were not as expensive as I thought. If I can remember, this ball was probably at a discount price. I cannot remember where I got it from.
I decided I needed to dust off some old pictures and get back to posting what I truly love... my fitness fashion. I LOVE wearing Puma brands, but Puma is a bit of a seek-and-find for me. So I'll stumble up on really nice pieces here and there and put it with what ever else I can find. I'm 5'2 with a big ole booty and fitness clothes don't really come in petite sizes. When I find bottoms I hope it stretches to fit from my waist down without the sagging crotch. And when looking at tops, the torso is usually long and bunches up around my waist.
What am I wearing?
These tights from Eastbay are comfy. They are good for walking, but when running or doing other cardio, I do have to pull them up a lot. The hoodie is fun to wear, it is bunched up around the waist because it doesn't appear to be made for a smaller torso. It doesn't look as great when I stretch it over my hips, so I leave it around my waist. And these shoes are super comfortable. I walked around New York City in them and my feet did not hurt at all.
Special thanks to my photographer KRaven Photography.
I've been a lot of places,