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Why Don't Clothes Fit?

By August 31, 2012

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I like to buy in multiples, especially basics like jeans and tees. But I'm always amazed by how even the same styles (but different colors) can fit differently. It's the same size, same brand and same cut: but different fit. Go figure.

Getting fit right is one of our biggest gripes as women. There's no standardization of sizes, so one company's 4 could be another company's 8. While technology (like mass customization) exists to solve fit problems, it's still a major issue for most of us who buy off the rack.

Find out why clothes don't fit and how to solve this problem.


August 31, 2012 at 9:29 pm
(1) Jessical says:
August 31, 2012 at 9:30 pm
(2) Jessical says:
September 3, 2012 at 8:49 am
(3) Terri W. says:

I order online a lot because I wear smaller sizes and usually have better luck finding them in stock that way. However, I have often found online size charts to be WAY off. According to many sites, I take a four or six, but when the items arrive, I try them on and they are HUGE. I look like a kid trying on my mom’s clothes. If I’ve been shopping with a particular store or brand long enough, I automatically know to size down or up, but it does make me reluctant to order from new sites. You don’t really get things on sale when you have to pay extra to have them taken in or end up giving them away to someone who can fit into them. I can’t even imagine how much money women and men (I discover this same problem when ordering for my husband, as well) throw away every year in the name of fashion.

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September 16, 2012 at 1:37 am
(5) become a pick up artist says:

Why people still use to read news papers when
in this technological globe everything is available on net?

September 20, 2012 at 11:06 am
(6) online clothing says:

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September 27, 2012 at 4:59 pm
(7) Steve Reid says:

Just take one of your own garments that fits you well. Lay it flat and measure it the same way the online sites do. The only adjustment to make is if the new garment has a lot of stretch, it will still fit if it is a bit smaller than yours. You can even get a downloadable paper tape measure for free online if you don’t have one. Compare the measurements.

On another topic, how do you get the color right? Wikipedia has a “List of Colors”. If you want to know the real color, just ask the vendor what the name is of the closest color in the ” List of Colors”. These colors are mathematical formulas that don’t change from one computer monitor to another. Sometimes if one monitor has a much brighter background, the color may appear to be different, but it isn’t.

Online retailers should work with Wikipedia ( I don’t own it, or work there ), and list the correct color in their descriptions. Maybe even send their regular customers a color chart with the names on it such as “Tiffany Blue”, or “Asparagus Green”.

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