The Fit that Flatters: Tips for a Perfect Fit

April 25, 2011 10:46 pm

We all know that eating right and exercising regularly can improve our appearance, but did you know that clothing that pulls, buckles, or droops can add “pounds”? Follow these guidelines to determine when you should adjust a hem or taper a sleeve:

The Jacket
  • Shoulder seams fall ¼ to ½ inches outside the shoulder.
  • Waist is smooth and subtle.
  • Sleeve length is just below the wrist bone. Your blouse or shirt can show – a ¼ inch is ideal.
  • Lapels sit flat and begin roll just above the uppermost button.
  • Collar hits near the middle of the neck, without standing away.
  • No fabric bunching underneath the collar in the back.
  • No ‘x’ pattern of pulled fabric over fastened buttons.
  • Bottom hem doesn’t dip in front or back.
The Pants
  • When standing straight, the hem touches the instep in front and slopes down to cover one half of the shoe heel in the back.
  • Pleats lie flat when standing.
  • The rise fits high enough for comfort.
  • Waistband lies flat, does not fold over when seated. It should rest directly on your waistline and shouldn’t pinch – have enough room for two fingers.
  • Creases fall in the center of the leg.
  • In the rear, pants do not bag beneath or pull across the derriere.
  • Pant legs fall straight, without a panty line showing.

For skirts or dresses, the most flattering effect occurs when hemlines fall at the thinnest part of the leg – just above or below the knee, bottom of calf, or at the ankle.

When it comes to style and a well-groomed appearance, tailoring can make a big difference.