Understanding Shape V. Fit

Understanding Shape V. Fit


Recently we discussed how knowing, embracing and dressing your particular body shape could help you to find the ideal garment for your body. In turn, the pieces fall better against your form, accentuate all of your best features and most importantly, make you feel great!

But I think it is important to also note that there is a difference between shape and fit.  While the two are obviously closely related, there are characteristics that are important to keep in mind when looking to dress your best.

Imagine you are standing in front of a mirror being fitted by a tailor.  He or she is taking all of your measurements to ensure the very best fit for your body.  Are you noticing that they are actually taking horizontal AND vertical measurements?  Well, that is exactly the starting point to differentiating between shape and fit. 

Shape is measured horizontally- as in our shoulders, bust, waist and hips.  It helps us to determine which cut of a garment would be better for us, such as an A-Line, Empire Waist, etc.  And while knowing this is incredibly helpful, it only covers half the battle to dressing our best.

The other side of the style coin is finding your vertical fit.  This is the measurement of your torso, legs and arms- or the length of everything.  For example, just because one person fits a size 4, does not mean that someone else will fit the same piece, who also happens to be a size 4; simply because the vertical and horizontal measurement differences.  So while we should use the industry standards as a guideline, they should not be adhered too strictly, especially if you are finding consistent differences in the way a garment fits.

At 5’3”, I can tell you that I have encountered shape v. fit issues when shopping mainstream.  My height means that I am an inch taller than the petite category, yet quite a few inches shorter than the “regular” category.  My legs are longer than my torso, so shopping for skirts tends to be an easy and enjoyable affair.  But while I can get pants hemmed, making that also a rather simple process, dresses and shirts can lead to a challenge. 

And when clothes don’t fit where they are meant to, the details and design of the piece are often misplaced, leaving you still short of the desired look.  Usually, we are well aware of an ill-fitted garment just from the look of wearing it; too snug, too loose, too long, too short.  We end up buying the piece because it’s better than the rest, and endless hours of looking for the perfect fit seems like a chore- of both the body and mind.

 Yet, what I find is that many people still don’t take the time to have the pieces corrected.  And should we blame them?  Not only did we pay for the original piece, but also now we must pay extra to make it actually fit?  Should we have to pay more money simply because our bodies are proportioned differently than what the industry sees as “regular”?

 This is a topic that will long be debated, and perhaps never changed on a larger scale.  However, as always, it is important to our LUXELLE brand that we stay true to our beliefs, and as such, we feel that no one should have to pay more because they don’t fit into a pre-determined- and often flawed- category or size.

We believe that shape and fit are all about body proportions and dressing those proportions is exactly what makes fashion.  We pride ourselves in the concept of making every woman feel confident, from the inside out, and will alter pieces so long as the garment structure itself is not disrupted.

 Feeling good in your clothes isn’t hard when you are committed to dressing your shape AND your fit.  Embracing the differences you have in your body and sticking with a style that highlights and celebrates your physique is truly a trend worth following!

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