Do you ever wonder how some people always look polished and impeccably dressed? While it’s true that some garments are so well made (and thus flattering) that anyone could wear them and look amazing, it’s not the norm. Style experts agree – in order to look great, it’s imperative that you know which types of clothing look best on you. General rules can be applied according to your body shape and help you narrow the options. Yet, it’s still necessary to identify and curate your wardrobe according to the individual features of clothing you purchase.
If you’re ready to enhance the refinement of your look, you’ll need to put some time into researching and documenting different pieces of clothing, in various styles, from a number of brands, in assorted fabrics, sizes and colors. There’s just no substitute to visiting a designer’s store and trying on their garments – unless you plan to employ a personal shopper. Your time is important, so to save yourself future frustration, and take a few hours to browse and begin to build a database of what looks best on you. An added bonus of your Style Guide is that once it’s complete, you can conveniently shop online with confidence and know that your selections will always fit perfectly.
View our sample Custom Fit & Style Guide below and then create your own. With it, you can record your discoveries and achieve an ideal fit every time. Do keep in mind, even the best clothes look better if you elect to have them specially altered. For this reason, we recommended investing in the services of a tailor when you really want an outfit that makes an impact.
|Designer||Piece of Clothing||Style||Size||Fabric Type|
|Sheath||0 Regular||cotton/ spandex|
|Midi||0 Regular||cotton/ spandex|
|Maxi||2 Petite||cotton/ spandex|
|A Line||0 Regular||Same sizing for all materials|
|Pencil||2, with tailoring needed at waist||wool|
|Denim||2, with tailoring needed at waist||cotton/spandex|
|Shirts||Button Down||0 Regular||cotton|
|Button Down||0 Regular||silk|
|Fitted Tank||Small||polyester blend|
|Pants||Jeans||26 Regular, with hemming needed||cotton/spandex|
|Dress pants||6 Regular||lined wool|
|Dress pants||6 Regular||unlined cotton|
|Ankle Length||6 Regular||linen|
|Outerwear||Pea Coat||0 Regular or 2 Petite||wool|
|Long Overcoat||2 Petite||wool|
|Hat||Baseball Cap||7 3/8 or adjustable||performance fabric|
|Baseball Cap||7 3/8 or adjustable||cotton|
|Knitted Hat||One Size||wool|
Feel free to add or subtract details from your Style Guide as needed. Also remember to give a copy to your partner, family members or friends who may want to purchase a gift for your. It will ensure that they know what size to buy, and they’ll be happy that they needn’t inquire about sizing and in doing so, spoil the surprise.
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