We come in all shapes & sizes

We come in all shapes & sizes

Have you ever looked at your favorite celebrity and thought to yourself that you wish you could look like that? What really sets her apart is she has taken the time to know her body and measurements. She has a team of people who knows what will and may not work for her, what colors flatter her complexion and how her body fluctuates. We come in all shapes and sizes and you, too, can have your desired look and express what is uniquely you.

Women’s body types have been compared to apples, pears, bananas, triangles, spoons, bells, and hour glasses to name a few. It is no wonder there is so much confusion about what one should wear. Today’s size coding can be overwhelming. Knowing the basics can help you achieve your goal and take some of the mystery and confusion out of adorning your body and flattering your features. The ideal is to have you feel good about yourself, feel comfortable in your own skin and presenting the best you that you can possibly be. The same way men get measured for a suit is the same way women can consider measuring.

Knowing your measurements is important. Think of this process as having keys. Keys unlock and grant access. Knowing the measurements of your height, the top of the shoulder, bust, waist, inside of leg and rise make the difference in how you perfect a polished look. Once you have these measurements you are ready to move to garment sizing.

Traditional Sizing

XXS is double small and reference size 0 – 3

XS is Extra Small for Women and is size 4

S is Women’s small and reference size 6 – 8

M is Women’s medium and reference size 10 – 12

L is Women’s large and references size 14 – 16

XL is Women’s extra-large and references size 18 -20

2X or 2XL is Women’s double extra-large and references size 20 – 24

3X or 3XL is Women’s triple extra-large and references size 26 – 28

The above listing has been the traditional means for determining garment sizing and is largely based on height. If you are 5 feet or less you are considered to have a small frame; 5 feet to 5 feet-four inches you are considered to have a petite frame; the average height for a woman is considered to be 5 feet 5- inches. 5 feet 6 inches or more is considered tall for a woman.

Now let’s compare some sizing from other countries:

http://www.asos.com/infopages/SizeGuide/pgesizechart.aspx For an in-depth review of sizing, please access this link.

Health Check Systems website: http://www.healthchecksystems.com/heightweightchart.htm

As you can see there are differences in how size is determined. Countless times I have purchased clothing from abroad thinking to myself I had stumbled on to a good deal only to discover that all sizing is NOT the same! I have had to give away more garments than I care to mention. Alas I digressed. Let’s move forward.

“Vanity sizing” is a term used to escape offending one’s stature, however, your measurements should not determine your worth. The way you dress your body is merely an extension of you. Don’t look at it as a flaw, look at it as customizing to “you”. A lot of women lose out on trending because they don’t know the right combination for their frame. Some think only professional clothes need to be tailored – a pair of jeans starched and pressed can give a polished look. The right bra can adjust posture, eliminate lower back pain and mean the difference in a top appearing lumpy or smooth. Right sizing can also shave 10lbs or bring height to a petite woman. Knowing the difference in what works well with a long or short neckline, high waist, long or short legs will help you accomplish your ideal style. It takes practice and we are here to help. Whether you need odd sizes (less curvy and higher necklines and straighter in the hips), or even sizes (lower bust lines and more room in the hips) fitting a curvy figure better (plus size) or you need to add length, www.blingandbuttons.com can help give you the keys to unlocking the best you that you can possibly be.