10 August 2012

Are You a Good Fit?

When I spotted this dress in-store, I was immediately attracted to its neon lacy-ness, and its simple, easy shape. Perfect for warm weather, on-trend and really effortless-looking. So I grabbed a few sizes and wandered into the dressing room. One size up was a wee too baggish and gaped at the underarms. The smaller size seemed about right, didn't gap and flowed over my body well.

So yeah, of course it came home with mama!

it was all yellow

And now after looking at my outfit pics, well ... it certainly doesn't gape at the underarms ... it doesn't really flow all that well either. In fact, on camera, the fabric seems a lot stiffer than it actually feels.

While I know what styles I like and generally what looks good on my body, I still have a lot to learn about fit. Yeah, I've learned about inseams and rises and how things should look on my broader shoulders and how things shouldn't stretch out across the hips. But I think I forgive a lot of little fit things in the name style adoration neon lace dress and because I am generally too lazy and too cheap to go to a tailor a lot.

it was all yellow  it was all yellow

Rolled sleeves and hems have been a great savior these past few seasons because sometimes even a petite inseam is too long for this 5'2" person. I have a jacket (or two) that I may wear unbuttoned because it fits in the shoulders, but not so much across the waist. I never realized until recently that there was even such a thing as fabric stretch marks across the back thighs of pants - and that's a bad thing. And belting cheats some shape and makes everything fit better.

What fit faux pas have you been guilty of committing? And what fit issues do you see on other people that bother you?

it was all yellow

it was all yellow

Dress: H&M neon lace (check storessim, sim, sim, flirty, pricey)
Necklace: J.Crew tessellate (worn here - sim, funky)
Bracelets: J.Crew, F21, Glitterbox Jewelry via Etsy (worn here - sim, sim, sim)
Rings: F21 (sim, sim)
Bag: Pour La Victoire snake embossed roma (sim, pricey)
Shoes: Sam Edelman trina (worn here - sim, sim)

74 comments:

  1. Love your dress, looks stunning on you!

    Amy

    Leopard and Lillies

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  2. I can totally relate! Sometimes I buy something, get it home and then realize it stretching or pulling in little places. I am totally guilty of buying blazers a wee bit small in the arms but a perfect fit everywhere else. I know I should probably size up so they fit good in the shoulders/arms and then get them tailored, but I'm too lazy and cheap for that too...so I just keep on committing the crime! I love this dress on you.

    Stephanie
    http://twenty-somethingblog.com

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  3. I love the dress on you too,the color seems so cool and fresh for a hot summer day!
    The`same thing happened to me with the rowbaot dress from jcrew,it is a shift shape and it doesnt really flow that well on my body either.

    I hate it when women wear tight jeans and the top is overlowing.And to top it off the tee is tight or maybe even short(and tight).

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    1. I'm not too fond of some of the dress styles that JC has out right now - fitted up top with a bit of a empire waist, then it kind of poofs out a bit after the waist then goes straight down. Looks great from the front, possible weird belly puff on the side and then a huge weird belly poof when I sit down. Strange, but maybe it's just me and my shape.

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  4. The dress looks so cute, and love it paired with the green necklace...I agree belting makes most everything better :)

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  5. Love the lace! I seem to think I am larger than I really am and buy clothes that are too big. I'm getting better about trying things on and dressing my body. I'm one of those curvy/hourglass girls and wear a 4/6. Have a great weekend.

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    1. I went through a period in high school where I weighed quite a bit more than I do now and for yeeeeeeeaaaars after that, I kept buying stuff in larger sizes than I needed to. I'm still learning just to dress my size!

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  6. Not buying things in the right size when they stretch.... Oi! Super jealous of that necklace too.

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  7. I have a hard time shopping for blazers and any top in general because I have very broad shoulders (12 years of gymnastics does a number on your overall figure) so I can relate to this blog immensely. The good news is I've tried to "edit" my shopping habits lately and ONLY allow myself to buy something only if it truly fits or requires only minimal alterations. Sadly, this limits me to only a few looks, but I also compensate by mixing in patterns or bright colors to liven up the pieces I do love.

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    1. I'm not exactly endowed up top but do have broad shoulders for my size, so a lot of times I have to go up a size so the shirt fits me in the shoulders, but then it gapes weirdly everywhere else. I know I could just "get it tailored" but argh!

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  8. Nothing makes a woman look more chic and well dressed that fit. IMHO experience, a few dollars spent for alterations is the best investment you can make for your clothes. Of course adding another errand to a busy schedule is a drag. When in doubt and if I'm in a department store, I seek the advice of a seamstress before buying. In my experience, they are direct and will tell you exactly how good, or not, something looks, and how (or not) it can be improved for you.

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    1. This post guilted me into finally dropping off a few items to my tailors today, haha.

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  9. Actually I think this dress looks great on you, but I might not be the best judge because I have a lot to learn about fit as well. I love the neon lace!

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  10. Isn't this dress fantastic?! I think it looks great! When I was trying to style this dress I couldn't, for the life of me, figure out what colour shoes to wear with it. My first thought was black or nude, but brown works really well. Thanks!

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    1. You looked fantastic in this dress! I almost wore it with a blazer over it too!

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  11. So pretty! That dress is AMAZING!!!

    ox from NYC!
    davie+erica

    LPFashionPhilosophy

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  12. One of my goals is to spend more money at the place where I get my things altered. I had a few things altered recently and I love getting my clothes back perfected. I'm excited to wear them again because they fit so much better! The tailor is your friend! Good luck! It's a cute dress!
    --Vivienne

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    1. I think this post guilted me into visiting my tailor. I grabbed a few items that have been sitting in limbo and finally dropped them off. Now when I'll actually get back to pick those items back up ...

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  13. I love this dress on you! I am also, really lazy when it comes to getting things to the tailor. I do use belts a lot to make things fit better, they work wonders. :)

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  14. This dress also caught my eye, but when I tried it on, well, it was a little indecent (imagine, I'm 5'8") so it stayed with its other dress friends rather than joining my closet party. My problem is that more often than not, things are too short on me, and since I am shortwaisted, I can't buy Tall stuff. Oh well.
    And love the belt trick! Waists are usually big on me, so belts are my friends!

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    1. I love all the minis and cropped pants out there right now because it means more off-the-rack stuff for me! But I can't imagine regular-height people being able to pull off some of the stuff out there now.

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  15. I'm a short hourglass figure with a 36D bust, so I tend to have a really tough time finding (non-knit) tops that fit my curves and are still flattering. I especially love the classic, preppy styling of button downs and shirt dresses, but going up a size to fit my bust usually completely throws off the rest of the proportions, so my fit faux pas is buying something that fits everywhere with the exception of being slightly tight across the chest, then securing any gaping between the buttons with a safety pin. They're just so much cheaper than buying a whole size up and having to pay to get it tailored to fit everywhere else!

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    1. I know that Stacey and Clinton from What Not to Wear always say to get an item that fits you at your widest and tailor everything else - and I get it - but I just don't think it is always realistic! I'd need a whole second salary to tailor all my stuff to perfection. And yes, maybe I just need fewer clothes ... but I'm a girl, I love shopping ... ;o)

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  16. Actually, I think this dress looks really gorgeous on you! I especially like that is lace and in that beautiful light Easter yellow! Also, how you paired it with that green necklace! Having a weight that has been yo-yoing in the last couple of years, belts have been my life (and dress!) saver!

    Jenny
    http://www.jensoutfitjournal.com/

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    1. How in the world did I get dressed before I started buying belts about two years ago?!

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  17. I was just talking about this with a friend... One fit faux pas that I have is that it seems some people don't check out what their outfit looks like from the back before they leave the house. Short shorts are nice for some people, but not everyone should wear them! I almost bought a pair and then took a look at my backside in the mirror and it was a big "No"!

    lifeandstylebylisab.blogspot.com

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    1. Notice that I don't wear slacks a lot? I took, front, side and back photos once of me in all my pants a while ago and I was aghast at my baggy-butt issues! I had been out and about like that!

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  18. I find shift dresses to be difficult. I have a larger bust, smaller waist, and a bit of a (ahem) rear. Shift dresses tend to have that wrinkle between the lower back and the butt. Obviously, well-fitting clothing should skim curves, not get bunched around them. However, if I go a size up, shift dresses gape at the arms and are too large in the waist (and when you have a larger bust, you need that waist definition to avoid a mumu look). Therefore, A-lines are more figure-friendly. Now why can't I find as many cute ones?

    ~Maggie
    http://growupmaggie.blogspot.com/

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    1. I have the same problem between I have a small bust - maybe shifts just aren't built for people with real bodies! ;o)

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  19. I commit fit faux pas all the time...it's embarrassing to admit but the truth. I've gotten a lot better since I started blogging because taking frequent outfit pictures allow me the opportunity to scrutinize how everything looks. And when something doesn't fit, boy does the photograph magnify those flaws.

    That said, I think your neon dress has a lot of potential and I really like you wore it (with the green necklace + tan details). ;)

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    1. It's amazing what a photo can show that looking into a mirror just can't!

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  20. I love the yellow shift and the green necklace! So fab! :) http://www.natalyascloset.com/

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  21. I used to buy regular length pants and chop 6 inches off the bottom ... but I've sworn that off since a petite fit is about more than the inseam. :)
    Hmm, a fit issue I see all the time is buying the wrong size - either much too small and tight, or too big. No matter how cute something is, a poor fit just detracts from the cuteness.

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    1. I did that too - then I realized the knees didn't match up to my knees because I'd short!

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  22. I think the dress fits you pretty well and I love the color!

    Being so petite, many items don't fit me perfectly right off the bat! I too get lazy sometimes and just wear things anyway. I'm also impatient and I hate waiting for the tailor to fix it...I want to wear it NOW! :)

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart
    JEWELIQ Giveaway!

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    1. Oh I take forever to take something to the tailor ... then it takes me forever before I go back to pick those items back up!

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  23. I'm so lazy. I never get things tailored. So many items left in the dressing room b/c they didn't fit correctly right then. But I know myself too well.

    I think the dress looks great! I would totally wear it!!

    Taylor

    ohwelltatsilfe.blogspot.com

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    1. You and me both, sister. That's part of why I love some brands like J.Crew because they offer petites in a lot of styles. But 31" as the short inseams for jeans? I don't want to wear heels with every outfit ...

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  24. Love the details on the dress and it looks great with the necklace! I adore your bag, swoon!

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  25. Love the colour of the dress!! I haven't been in H & M in a while, I might go and check it out.

    I am slowly going through my wardrobe and getting things tailored to fit properly. It's a long and frustrating process!!

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    1. Plus it's expensive! I know getting something hemmed will make me wear it a bunch more and it is definitely less than buying something else new, but $10-15 to hem something? Argh.

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  26. Aw the dress is so pretty - love the lacey-ness! It does look a tad stiff in the pics. Maybe a belt would change it up? I've had this type of thing happen a few times. I'll walk around feelin fabulous all day then take outfit pics, look at them & think "I looked like THAT all day?!?!" :o)

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    1. Haha, I usually always say that at the end of the day! By the time I get home and glance at myself in the morning, I don't look as "crisp" as I do in my photos.

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  27. What a lovely dress :) From the first couple of pictures you can't see the lace detailing but it's an awesome dress :) I think I have broader shoulders so anything that accentuates that is a no no :) I can't stand the tights as pants thing going on down here

    katattack2000.wordpress.com

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    1. It was really hard to photograph this dress - the light neon-y color and the lace detail that first attracted me to this dress doesn't show up at all in these photos!

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  28. Maybe the stiffness of the dress will relax after you wear it some more. I love the color and style, and personally think it looks great on you! I have wide shoulders but a smaller bust, so sometimes I'm guilty of wearing jackets or blazers that are a little snug in the shoulders, but fit everywhere else! Have a great weekend!

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    1. I'm considering some laundry "testing" with the dress to see if I can soften up the material a bit ... but of course I am wary because I may end up with a green toddler's dress or something, haha!

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  29. Beautiful dress.^^
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  30. Beautiful dress and love the yellow shade too! xo akiko
    Your Portrait Giveaway

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  31. The neon yellow lace is SO PRETTY! I often succumb to garments that are "off" in fit if I feel like I'm getting a good deal. The only thing I'm a stickler about is no gappy buttoning at the chest. The pulling there is just way too noticeable!

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    1. I know, I may have rethought or returned the dress if I hadn't just got it at H&M for a deal!

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  32. I love the pop of green with this pretty yellow dress. I'm also loving your hair! So pretty:)

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  33. I am too lazy to have things tailored as well. Glad I'm not the only one.:) You styled this dress so cute! Have a wonderful weekend!!
    -amy
    www.dreamingincashmere.com

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  34. I hate going to the tailors too!! I would rather buy another top or dress...lol. I love this neon dress on you. I think it fits you perfectly!!

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  35. Fit faux pas, moi? Never. :D

    I agree with you. Belting makes (almost) everything look better and pulled together.

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  36. I think you look great it in but I completely understand having to choose between something looking either too baggy, too tight or the arm holes are entirely too long. I found a top that I loved this week and they only had it in a large so I was about to get it until I turned and saw that the armpit hole was wwaayyyy too big.

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  37. I thought the dress looks nice, esp with the green necklace. I agree about belts, since I'd look like a rectangle without one:p I don't understand when women are comfortable walking around with a muffin top, but on other hand, when they look like they don't care, I think kudos to them (does that make it less of a fash faux pas?) Personally, I think I commit too many of them sometimes but hey, live and learn, right?

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    1. I know what you mean. I see some women who obviously take some care in their attire but either the fit is off, or the style is too young/old or something. I always think, well that wouldn't work for me, but really who am I to say that a 50yo woman to wants to wear the heck out of a pair of denim cutoffs can't or that another gal is dressed in a skirt too tight or whatever for her. Sure I can consider if a faux pas, but shoot, if the wearer loves it and rocks it, well ... (this is totally not on topic, is it, haha)

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  38. I love the contrast with the green necklace- gorgeous! I don't know- I think shift dresses don't fit anyone perfectly! Maybe that's why we love them? But then, I've heard the menfolk talk about that being a problem with ladies, that we wear what we love, not what loves us. sigh.

    I just bought a little girl's sundress at Old Navy to wear as a skirt, so don't listen to a thing I say! (I did ask the man what he thought though, and he liked it, for once!)

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    1. I love that - "we wear what we love, not what loves us." Totally true!

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  39. You look great in this cool yellow dress, and accessorized it perfectly.

    Your post reminds me that I learn a lot from own outfit pics. I'm actually culling some itemss worn in the last two months that I thought looked good on me - and don't. I have a hard time getting a good fit in pants, at 5'3" and with no hips, I often discover from my pics that my slacks look baggy. Ugh.

    Stuff that bugs me on style bloggers are button front shirts that are straining at the buttons, i.e. too small and too peek-a-boo, albeit unintentionally.

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    1. Oh lady, I've had the worst baggy slack issues before I started blogging and photographing myself. I almost never wear slacks now because after some photographing, I realized I suffered from terrible baggy butt!

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  40. New follower!

    Cute outfit and I love the shoes too!

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  41. Girl, I am LOVING this mix of fresh yellow and bold green. That necklace goes with that dress perfectly ♥

    Trendy Teal

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  42. Such a great find! I love it with the statement necklace... and in the fall you can throw a blazer on! Love this!

    XO
    www.pearlsandpaws.blogspot.com

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  43. Love that green necklace against the yellow - so pretty!

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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  44. The lace necklace is very unique. I love the yellow lace dress on you and how you paired with the gold. :)

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  45. Love the lemon dress. The green necklace gives a nice pop of color and contrast with the dress.


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  46. it is a very cute dress. i love anything lacey.
    and your bangles are gorgeous. love the spike trend. You've combined both trends to look amazing =)

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  47. It's such a pretty dress! The color really adds something special!
    :)
    Allison
    A's Fashion Files

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  48. Love the dress on you! And the necklace works so well with it!

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  49. I love the clutch with coral on it its super cool and wearable despite the coral!!Could you please consider following each other? www.shineonbyandrea.blogspot.com www.twitter.com/shineonbyandrea Instagram: shineonbyandrea

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  50. I love the bright neon dress on you and your necklace is really pretty. I guess my fit issue for me is anytime I put on a button up and it looks like my chest is fighting...lol Well fighting the buttons I mean...haha

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