You should be able to hug someone — otherwise, your blazer doesn’t fit right. | iStock.com
10 Signs Your Clothes Don’t Fit You
Every body isِ entirelyِ unique, whichِ isِ why theِ sameِ clothing size canِ look differentِ on youِ fromِ one store toِ theِ next.
Instead ofِ sticking withِ a number onِ a tag, forget aboutِ your technical size andِ shop forِ clothing based onِ what trulyِ fits.
Even ifِ you haveِ to goِ up a fewِ sizes andِ then tailor certainِ areas toِ your specific measurements, it’s betterِ than buying somethingِ that isِ ostensibly yourِ size butِ isn’t actuallyِ flattering.
1. You can’t give someone a hug in your blazer
Though yourِ blazer mayِ lookِ likeِ a perfect fit, ifِ you find yourselfِ unable toِ reach forwardِ with total mobility, there’s a good chance it’s actuallyِ too tight alongِ the width ofِ your back.
If yourِ arms areِ restrained fromِ doingِ so, it’s time toِ opt forِ a bigger size.
If yourِ shoulders areِ slightly broad, goِ one size upِ andِ then tailor theِ jacket’s waist andِ arm length toِ your measurements.
Make sure your shirt fits properly. | iStock/DeanDrobot
2. There’s a gap in your blouse buttons
Busty women everywhereِ canِ relate toِ theِ struggle ofِ dressing professionally, asِ fitted button-ups aren’t designed toِ accommodate chests thatِ areِ a D-cup size orِ greater.
If youِ notice a gaping space betweenِ your buttons, thisِ means yourِ bust isِ stretching theِ fabric apart, andِ you haveِ to find a betterِ fit.
Although it’s a hassle, it’s bestِ to find a button-up that’s oversized, orِ forego buttons altogether withِ a flowing, silk blouse.
3. Your shorts are riding up
Though we’d allِ love toِ lookِ flaming hot inِ our favorite Daisy Dukes, pulling offِ tiny jean shorts isِ actuallyِ a lot tougher thanِ itِ looks.
One ofِ the easiest ways toِ tellِ your shorts areِ too small isِ to lookِ atِ your upper innerِ thighs.
If theِ shorts’ hem isِ falling straight across yourِ legs, theyِ fit perfectly.
4. You can’t fit at least two fingers into your waistline
These shorts are not a good look. | iStock.com/VitaliiSmulskyi
The two-finger test isِ anِ age-old trick forِ making sureِ your trousers areِ the rightِ size.
After all, a waistline thatِ fits youِ standing upِ mayِ beِ far tooِ tight onceِ you sit down.
To ensure yourِ pants haveِ enoughِ give, fully button andِ zip them, thenِ attempt toِ fit twoِ fingers betweenِ the fabric andِ your hips.
5. You have to constantly suck in your stomach
Bodycon dresses doِ anِ excellent job ofِ doubling asِ shapewear becauseِ they effectively smooth overِ anyِ bumps andِ constrict yourِ wobbly areas.
However, ifِ your dress isِ so form-fitting youِ haveِ to suck inِ your gut theِ entire time youِ haveِ it on, it’s safe toِ considerِ it tooِ tight.
You’ll beِ better offِ inِ a looser-fitting dress.
6. Your shirt won’t stay tucked in
You should be able to fit a few fingers in your waistband. | iStock.com/wckiw
A shirt coming untucked whenِ you’re running aroundِ is totally understandable.
But ifِ you notice it’s impossible toِ keepِ itِ tucked intoِ your waistline whenِ you’re justِ sitting orِ standing, thisِ isِ a sign thatِ your top doesn’t fit.
An easy wayِ toِ fix thisِ common issue isِ to eitherِ wear longer blouses orِ high-waist pants thatِ compensate forِ the top’s lack ofِ length.
7. Your pockets are flaring
Finding theِ perfect pair ofِ pants isِ a challenge forِ us all, noِ matter yourِ body type.
Whether you’re curvy, lanky, orِ somewhere inِ between, there’s oneِ red flag everyoneِ needs toِ lookِ out for: flaring pockets.
If theyِ keepِ bunching up, flaring, orِ coming insideِ out, yourِ jeans areِ way tooِ tight.
8. Your bra clasp juts into your back
Make sure you’re comfortable in your dress. | iStock.com/grinvalds
According toِ anِ international survey ofِ moreِ than 10,000 participants, moreِ than two-thirds ofِ allِ women wear theِ wrong bra size, andِ 29% ofِ these women doِ so knowingly.
It’s notِ allِ aboutِ what size makesِ your chest lookِ the perkiest.
If yourِ bra clasp isِ jutting intoِ your backِ (you’ll notِ only feel this, butِ alsoِ see backِ rolls), youِ needِ to reconsider yourِ band size, andِ possibly evenِ your cup.
9. Your ankles and wrists are exposed
A word ofِ advice: Always air-dry clothes thatِ areِ prone toِ shrinking.
Whether youِ accidentally purchased yourِ clothing tooِ short orِ shrunk itِ inِ your dryer, anyِ item thatِ awkwardly exposes yourِ ankles andِ wrists willِ lookِ silly (save forِ cropped pants, ofِ course).
If yourِ body isِ lanky, brands likeِ ASOS, American Eagle, andِ Banana Republic offer a vast range ofِ tall sizes thatِ will cover yourِ ankles andِ wrists.
10. Your shirt is too short when you sit down
No matter howِ much youِ love theِ way a top looksِ on youِ whileِ you’re standing up, it’s equally important toِ pay attention toِ theِ way itِ fits whileِ you’re seated.
Does itِ rise andِ accentuate yourِ midsection.
If yourِ shirt isِ the rightِ length whenِ you’re upright butِ clearly tooِ short whenِ you sit, it’s time toِ exchange itِ forِ something withِ a longer (i.e., tall) fit.