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Shop for clothes online: Get the right size!

Shop for clothes online: Get the right size!

 

 

Shopping for clothes online can get you great style at bargain prices and save lots of time. Unfortunately it also comes with the worry that because you are buying a clothing item sight-unseen, it just won't fit and you've wasted your money. Here's how to make sure that never happens.

Shopping online does come with the stress of possibly having to return whatever you buy because it doesn't fit. You can't eliminate you ever having to deal with returns (and the costs of it) or exchanges, but with a little planning and some smart shopping, you can make sure it's rare.

 

 Get some accurate measurements for your body, and keep them up to date!

The first, and perhaps most important thing you can do before you really start to purchase clothes online is to get proper measurements of yourself. Once you have an idea of your size, beyond "large," "size 10," or "42 waist," you'll be able shop without fear. Remember, one company's size 10 is another company's size 8. Labels and designers purposefully use "vanity sizes" to confuse customers, and even though the whole point of sizes and inches is to give consumers standards, one company's 42 inch slacks will fit drastically differently than another's. The best way to fight back is to make sure you have your own measurements. Here's how.

Get a professional to take them for you.

Obviously, the best way to get the most accurate measurements possible is to have someone else take them while you're standing normally. If you can, head to a clothing store (I know, the whole point here is to shop online and avoid clothing stores, but just this once) and have your measurements properly taken by someone who does it all the time and knows what they're doing. Once you have them, you'll be ready to shop.

 

 

Take them yourself (or have a friend help you out. The alternative to having a pro do it, of course, is to do it yourself. You have to be careful taking your own measurements—don't suck in your gut, or try to stand up straighter than you normally do—trying to "optimize" your posture or size will just lead to uncomfortable clothing in the end. Similarly, if you must take your own measurements, get a friend or family member to help out with the hard to accurately reach places, like the inseam for gents, or the bust for ladies.

 

Once you have your measurements, size charts will be your best friend. You won't ever need to trust that a "large" is indeed "large enough" to fit you—you can just look at the sizing chart on the website of the online shop, find yourself on it, and go from there. If you've been shopping for clothes online for a while, you may already know this, but it's even more important when you're shopping online, especially from retailers that carry different labels, designers, and clothing manufacturers.

 

If you're shopping from a custom clothier where everything you buy is made or tailored to order, or from a clothing store that promises consistent measurements across all of their products, you'll only need to review the sizing chart once to get a feel for what will fit you and what won't.

Make notes on brands, retailers, and designers you've bought before

Grab a notebook or use your favorite note-taking app to jot down the name of the retailer you shopped with, what you bought (especially if it's from a specific designer or has a specific cut or style), its size, and how well it fits.

Keeping notes like this for clothes may sound silly, but it's really important. When you hit on a brand, a cut, or a style that really works for you, you'll be able to find it again easily. You'll also always know that a specific brand is cut a certain way and fits you well.

 Youth Sizing Charts

Women's Sizing Charts

Men's Sizing Charts

 

Published in Tips & Tricks
Thursday, 15 January 2015 00:00

Youth Sizing Charts

Taking Measurments

  • Take measurement up under the arms and around chest.
  • Measure from the base of the neck, across shoulder, down arm to slightly bent elbow and up to wrist.
  • Measure circumference at the narrowest part.
  • Measure at the fullest point, standing with feet together.
  • Measure around the largest part of the head.
  • For youth gloves and mitts, the hand circumference in inches equals glove size. Measure around a flat hand at the knuckles, but do not include thumb.

Youth Sizes:

  S
6-7
M
8-10
L
12-14
XL
16-18
Chest 25-27" 28-30" 31-33" 34-36"
Waist 22-23.5" 24-25.5" 26-27.5" 28-29.5"
Sleeve 21-23" 25-27" 28-30" 31-32"
Inseam 25-26" 27-29" 31-32" 30-32"
Height 44-48" 49-54" 55-60" 61-66"
Wt. (lbs.) 45-54 55-73 74-100 101-120



Glove and Mitt Sizes:

 

XS
(4/5)

S
(6/7)

M
(8/10)

L
(12/14)

XL
(16/18)

Knuckle Circ.

5 1/2"

6"

6 1/2"

7"

7 1/2"

Hand Length

5 1/2"

6"

6 1/2""

7"

7 1/2"



Youth Footwear Sizes:

US

10c

11c

12c

13c

1

2

3

4

5

6

U.K.

9c

10c

11c

12c

13c

1

2

3

4

5

Euro

27.5

29

30

31

32.5

34

35

36

37.5

38.5

Japan

16.5

17.5

18

18.5

19

20

21

22

23

24

Foot Length

7"

7 1/8"

7 1/2"

7 3/4"

8 1/8"

8 3/8"

8 3/4"

9"

9 1/4"

9 3/4"

Age Range

2-4

2-4

2-4

2-4

4-8

4-8

4-8

4-8

4-8

4-8

 

 

Published in Sizes
Thursday, 15 January 2015 00:00

Men's Sizing Charts

Men's Sizing Charts

 

Taking Measurements: 

  • Chest: Take measurement up under the arms and around chest.
  • Sleeves: Measure from the base of the neck, across shoulder, down arm to slightly bent elbow and up to wrist. 
  • Waist: Measure circumference at the narrowest part. 
  • Hips: Measure at the fullest point, standing with feet together. 
  • Hats: Measure around the largest part of the head. 
  • Gloves and mitts: On adult gloves and mitts, your hand circumference in inches equals glove size. Measure around a flat hand at the knuckles; do not include thumb. 


Men's Sizes:

 

S

M

L

XL

XXL

Chest

35"-37"

38"-40"

41"-43"

45"-47"

49"-51"

Waist

28"-30"

31"-33"

34"-36"

38"-40"

42"-44"

Hips

35"-37"

38"-40"

41"-43"

44"-46"

47"-49"

Thigh

21"

22"

23"

24"

25"

Neck

14 1/2"

15 1/2"

16 1/2"

17 1/2"

18 1/2"

Sleeve

33"

34"

35"

36"

37"

Inseam

31 1/2"

32"

32 1/2"

33"

33 1/2"


Hat Sizes:

S

M

L

XL

(6 7/8 - 7)

(7 1/8 - 7 1/4)

(7 3/8 - 7 1/2)

(7 5/8 - 7 3/4)

21 1/2" - 22"

22" - 22 3/4"

22 3/4" - 23 1/2"

23 1/2" - 24 1/4"


Glove and Mitt Sizes:

 

XS

S

M

L

XL

Knuckle Circumference

6 1/2 - 7"

7 1/2 - 8"

8 1/2 - 9"

9 1/2 - 10"

10 1/2 - 11"


Mens Footwear Sizes:

US

5

5.5

6

6.5

7

7.5

8

8.5

9

9.5

10

10.5

11

11.5

12

13

14

U.K.

4

4.5

5

5.5

6

6.5

7

7.5

8

8.5

9

9.5

10

10.5

11

12

13

Euro

37

37.5

38

38.5

39

40

41

41.5

42

42.5

43

44

45

45.5

46

47

48

Japan

23

23.5

24

24.5

25

25.5

26

26.5

27

27.5

28

28.5

29

29.5

30

31

32

 

 

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