Try on Clothing Like a Pro

We’ve all been there. We something we truly love in the store only to take it home and never wear it. While it may have seemed like a good look and fit in the store, there are many factors you may not have considered. You can avoid post-shopping regret by trying on clothing like a pro. Taking the time to really consider your choice in the dressing room will allow you to buy only pieces that you will love. If you want to know how to avoid buying another garment that is wrong for you, follow these tips:

  1. Do a wrinkle test. Too often, an item looks great on the hanger only to turn out looking like you slept in it when you wear it all day. To do a wrinkle test, scrunch up a handful of fabric tightly and hold it for several seconds. If it wrinkles, it probably won’t wear well for an entire day and you may want to choose something better.

  1. Read the label. Does the garment have to be dry-cleaned or hand-washed only? Will you put in the time and effort to follow the directions? If so, buy it (as long as it passes the other tests). If not, don’t kid yourself. Just put it back and move on.

  1. Test drive the outfit. Even if you are only buying a top, try it on with the type of bottoms and shoes with which you will be wearing it. This will give you a clearer picture of how the item truly looks so you can make an informed decision.

  1. Run inventory. Mentally check the contents of your closet. Is the item you are considering very similar to something you already own? If it isn’t, are you sure it will fit in with your other clothing? Nothing is worse than taking home a new item only to find that you have nothing with which to wear it.

  1. Check out the back view. Even though you won’t be seeing how your backside looks in new clothing, others will. If a three-way mirror isn’t available, take out a makeup mirror and get a good look at how the new item looks on you from the back. If you can’t really decide, try on two sizes to see which fits best.

  1. Don’t be fooled by lighting and mirrors. Take the lighting into account when analyzing colors and other features of an item. Also check the mirror to ensure that it is flat. Some stores angle mirrors slightly to make you look thinner. This can give you a misleading impression of how you feel about a particular item. To avoid this, make sure the mirror is flat. If not, step outside the dressing room and check another mirror. If possible, try to also judge the item in natural light before making a decision.

  1. Get moving. Use the full range of motion to determine the fit and comfort of a garment. Squat, tiptoe, stretch, walk, bend, and perform any other motion you can think of. See how the garment fits in both feel and looks before you make the choice to buy it.

The Guest post was written by: Maynez, Neltje

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