Size is nothing but a number

We have been feeling a little frustrated lately with trying to find the perfect fit when ordering online.

After several attempts of returning everything from pants to shirts, skirts and dresses…it was time to hit the stores old school style.

It’s hard to envision what your real size is when you have a number or size range in your head.

Here are 3 tips to help you feel empowered on your next shopping trip:

  1. Take several pairs of the same item to the dressing room and do not look at the sizes.
  2. Don’t try to fit in the clothes, let the clothes fit on you.
  3. If the the fit is perfect but the length is too long, you can always have it altered.

We found amazing and flattering fits and realized that we’ve been giving up whenever we “think” the size is going to be too big.

It’s OK to be a number or a size, but don’t let it define you. Instead go for fit and comfort and forget about it.

Who cares if you’re a size 2 or 22? It’s all about feeling confident and wearing clothes that fit.

This article has 9 comments

  1. Kelly

    Yes, I know what you mean about the nursing. Who knew “my cup runneth over” could have a totally different meaning lol.

    I’m actually finishing up a youtube vid on how to take measurements to find your size (at my store) but basically you can use it to figure out your size as long as you’ve got a size chart for th store you’re trying to shop in. It’s not too terribly difficult.

    You’re not the only one Mariam. I actually can tell when people are hung up on the named size and I don’t mention size to them, I just say “the 42 inch garment bust.” etc.

    Another option is to have items tailored. You can get something really affordable and have darts put in @ the waist or something. It will look way more expensive and flattering as well.

  2. Mariam Sobh

    I’m glad you all liked this post!
    I know it probably seems like common sense, but I really had to beat it in my head, that it’s ok not to be a specific size.
    I’m so used to it that when I veer off it, I either put it back and say I’ll lose weight or give up and feel depressed. But it just hit me and and I was like.. hey who cares? I want to wear something that is stylish but feels comfortable and looks right. Love the analogy that Kelly gave with the sugar LOL.
    Afshi and Kelly you are right about the measurement part.. but so often I find online shops are not clear about things.. or at least because of my breastfeeding.. my top would be like an xxl and it would look ridiculous on me lol.

  3. afshi

    ur right..just like age, size is nothing but a number.

    in some stores, im a small. In other stores, I’m a large. It’s all about how it looks on you and makes you feel. And it’s simple – if it makes you feel fabulous, it’s a keeper!

    Whenever I order online, I look at the measurements more than the size number – since it varies everywhere.

  4. Kelly

    There’s nothing worse than trying to put 10 pounds of suger in a 5 pound bag. Just sayin’.

    Don’t forget, (the number one thing I tell my customers) is there is NO standard on sizing in the US. You could be a small at Old Navy and size Large at Kohls. (Or whatever store).

    I personally don’t care what size you (general you) say you are. That really doesn’t mean anything to me! When I get calls for sizing consulation I go by measurements. That is the way to get the BEST fit, so if you’re trying to shop online try to get your measurements done. If you’re careful you can do them yourself, but you could have a friend help you, or you could have them done at a tailor shop.

    We take a lot of calls at alsharifa.com on sizing and I would rather spend the time to help someone get their size perfect the first time than have them be disappointed when their item comes that it didn’t fit.

  5. Valerie

    Great post. Thank you. I’ll have to do that next time I go shopping…

  6. Houda

    I ALWAYS do this. I am plus-sized, but very very often by clothes from the ‘regular’ sizes, especially knee length dresses. Also, everything slouchy is in at the moment. I bought a size 14 t-shirt the other day and it fits well! (normally I would need a much larger size!).

    Also I have noticed that there are some chicky dees who will continue to wear a size 10 (or 12 or 14 etc) or die, but it is very obvious that they should go up a size. Clothes should fit well!

    Great post!

  7. Hijabologist

    Absolutely. The only way to shop!

  8. Donna

    I agree with you 🙂

  9. Putri Anor

    Salam.If you’re big but healthy its ok.If you’re skinny but unhealthy its also not good.So the key is being healthy no matter what sizes you are.There’s no ISO that determines the size you’re at.You are your own ISO.:)

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