How to Choose your Right Size of Clothing? A Basic Guide to Help You with the Sizes.

We have the entire world on our fingertips now, all thanks to the internet. People sitting on one side of the world can order something all the way from the other end and it gets delivered on their doorstep in no time. The trendiest fashions have not only become accessible but also more affordable than ever. Yet, people don’t entirely trust online shopping because the biggest question that comes to mind is “How to Choose your right Size of Clothing?”.

We have all heard our parents say at some point that the traditional way of shopping will always be better, especially in terms of clothes. They prefer touching the fabric, being sure of the quality and fit before spending their money on it. But nobody can deny the convenience of e-commerce. After all, who has the time and energy to step out in this harsh weather just to buy something when infinite options are available just a few taps away? 

The Shimmer House understands all these concerns. That is why we have devised this step-by-step guide to help you choose your right size of clothing and get to choose from the huge clothing collection for women.

Firstly, start by going through the clothes in your wardrobe that you usually wear. There must be a size which is most commonly worn by you. Now from these search for the size chart (usually available online) of a brand which is your most perfect fit and compare the measurements to the size chart on our website. 

This is important because size varies from brand to brand. If you buy the same size consistently, then you must have noticed that despite the exact same size, clothing from different brands tend to run more tight or loose than others. In other words, a particular hip size, which falls under the ‘M’ size in Brand X may be under the ‘S’ size in Brand Y.

The second step is to get familiar with your exact dimensions by measuring yourself the right way. Starting from the very top, it’s better to wear an underwired, non-padded bra while measuring your bust. A general measurement is good enough if it’s for a top or kurti. But if it’s for bra shopping, things get a little more elaborate.

Precision is important – you will be surprised to know that as much as 85% Indian women wear the wrong size of bra. This is actually harmful for your health in the long-term and can even lead to breast cancer!

First measure your under bust and then the most protruding part of your breasts, which is the over bust. Measure the larger bust if your breasts are of different dimensions, which is completely normal. If your breasts tend to swell during periods then make sure to wait till they return to their regular size.

When it comes to the waist, keep the measuring tape above your belly button but under your rib cage. For hips, measure at the widest point while keeping a distance of 6 inches between your feet. When it comes to flowers, whether it’s salwars or palazzos, simply measure at the point from which you usually tie your salwar.

The next important step is to consider the material used. There are different types of fabrics that are used and some materials are more forgiving than others. At this point, you can decide whether you need to size up or down in accordance to the fabric. For example, if it’s cotton with no elastane then it’s going to be stiff until hours of wear relaxes the garment. Considering fabrics with elastane, like spandex or lycra, they will have a lot of stretch and you can be flexible with the sizing. Other materials which you need to be careful with include polyester because it is resistant to shrinking and rayon because it neither shrinks nor stretches.

Whenever you are stuck between sizes or feel unsure about your measurements, it’s always better to size up. This is because a larger piece can be quickly and cheaply altered to your measurements by a tailor or you can do it yourself if you are handy with a needle and love it too much to return it. The same cannot be done with a smaller size because it’s such a tedious task to add more fabric to a ready-made garment.

If you are still confused about your size or unsure regarding measurements, you are welcome to message us on Instagram and we would be more than glad to help you through the sizes.

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