As much as we like to buy off the rack. Our bodies are rarely a perfect size, especially when you are buying suits, or things that are more fitted like shirts.
If you do find something that fits you to a T, grab it in all your basic colors! If not, don’t automatically reject it out of hand.
If you can’t buy separates for that suit, buy a bit bigger (and I do mean a bit, perhaps one size up which can easily be tailored.
Before you throw out, or give away those clothes you bought because you loved, but came home to find they don’t fit as well as you thought. Or that fabulous wardrobe you bought when you were 20 kilo heavier…
Think about getting them tailored.
Sometimes all it takes to take something from meh to spectacular is a bit of tailoring.
If you can’t buy custom (and I don’t know about you, but I certainly can’t)
Find yourself a good tailor. It’s a lot cheaper than you think and makes a HUGE difference in how your clothes fit and how you look and feel in them.
Make the clothes fit your body, not your body fit your clothes!
When something fits likes it’s been made for you. You are golden.
You show up more confident, because you fell more confident.
Your clothes look better, more expensive, make it looks like you care how you show up, and how you value yourself, and also shows you respect the person who you are trying to impress by wearing your best.
A good tailor can make those pants fit better around your waist. Can tailor that gorgeous shirt that hangs on you, nip in the waist on that jacket or let out the seams on the side. They can narrow the shoulders and shorten you sleeves, and hem your pants so they break properly over you shoes. your pants break over you shoes. Even remove those pockets that add bulk where you don’t want it.
If you find something you love you can buy a size bigger, or buy something that fits the “biggest” part of your body and have it tailored to fit the smallest…
All that being said, having a good tailor doesn’t mean you can go out and buy things that are way to big or too small, there are limits to what even the best tailor can do.