Can you believe it is often overlooked? Now when we say that we
mean, knowing your actual measurements and not the size you were the
last time you went shopping, or what the tag says on your favorite pair
of jeans, but your actual size in inches. At the sound of this, many of
you are ready to weep, but fear not.
your size will cut down on annoying returns and depressing defeat. The
fact of the matter is that manufacturing varies from company to
company, and very often you will find inconsistencies within a company
since they have various methods of producing their clothes and getting
them to your closets. This is why size charts exist and why, if you
aren’t using them, you’re really missing out. This factor is often a
turn off for people who like brick and mortar stores, but there are so
many wonderful choices online. Stop limiting yourself to what you can
find at your local discount or department store.
of us who do shop online regularly, we love to click away, add things
to our carts and poof, a few days later find them on our doorstep. But
who doesn’t HATE when things don’t fit and you find yourself slapping
that return label onto a box and shipping your coveted items away.
Putting in the effort to get measured, or properly measure yourself, is
a step in the online shopping process that is worth the time and effort
it takes and where many of the return woes begin (and end). Not only
is this small step going to make a huge difference for you, but it will
change the way you shop. The four tips below are simple and to the
point. Take them into consideration, and take your online shopping
skills to the next level.
1. Don’t Obsess Over the Numbers.
you shop for clothes online (or in general) there can be many
variables. The way the fabric stretches, the blend of what it’s made
of, and the style among other things. These factors weigh into how a
garment will fit you and where you may find inconsistencies. There may
be certain items you buy in one size and others you’ll buy totally
different sizes of. Don’t pay attention to what the label says; do pay
attention to the size chart and trust it. SWAK prides itself in having
easy-to-read size charts on every garment, and we take special care to
offer a wide array of measurements to make your shopping experience easy
and pleasurable. Your size may vary from garment to garment, so forget
what the labels say and just follow the chart. If seeing a certain
size or number bothers you, cut the label off and toss it to the curb!
2. Read the Size Chart.
you know that each individual garment has a size chart? On our site
you will find this to the right of the product image. If you click the
middle tab next to the description you
will get measurements for
each garment. We can guarantee that if you consult the size chart on
each and every garment, based on current measurements, you will have so
much more success in your shopping endeavors. Who wants to deal with
pesky returns when they could be poppin’ tags and rocking their new
3. Know What You Need.
Measurements vary from garment to garment, but there are four main measurements you will need: bust, waist, hips, and arm.
4. Learn to Measure Yourself.
Our latest episode of “SWAK in 60 Seconds”
gives quick and fast tips for measuring yourself. It is important to
keep these updated, so try to make sure they’re accurate every once in a
while. Have a tailor or your local dry cleaner measure you (they
usually do it for free) or break out the measuring tape and take a whack
at it. Watch the video to learn how and where to measure yourself.
you have your bust. Make sure that the measuring tape is parallel to
the ground and goes around the fullest part of your bust.
measure your natural waist. Your natural waist is the smallest part of
your torso and where the bend is when you bend over like a little
- Then for your hips, you want to go around the widest part of the hip and fullest part of your rear.
you’re shopping for a top or dress with sleeves, measure your armpit
circumference. Make sure that the tape isn’t too tight! It should be
easy to slip a finger under the measuring tape.
You may have read our plus size tips for summer shopping
post where we said that “no garment is created equally.” This is true!
We promise! Your favorite brands all use different manufacturers and
develop garments differently. Consult the size chart on each and every
garment before you buy, each and every time you shop. Make sure that
your measurements are accurate too. Your frustration level will be much
lower if you head to your local dry cleaner or have a type-A friend
properly measure you. Our customer service team is always available to
help you, but the first step in preventing frustration, over the phone,
is knowing what you’re working with. If you’re really concerned about a
garment, try buying it in two sizes. For garments with little or no
stretch, like our Harlow Lace Dress,
you may need a little more room in the arms, so sizing up is
recommended. For a more tailored look, taking your items to get altered
will make a huge difference. This also goes for the length of
garments. You may see a length measurement on the size chart… this will
tell you how long a garment is. Generally, most maxis will need to be
hemmed, which is a must! Don’t let your gorgeous new maxi drag on the
ground or feel relegated to wedges. Make your clothes work for you!
SWAK has so many coupon codes, deals and plus size clothing on sale,
that the money you save can be used to cover alterations. You will
notice how much better this small detail makes your outfit look.
between the video and this post you’re convinced this is important and
are off to find your measuring tape! Until next time!