By Judith Rasband, AICI CIM and Elizabeth Liechty from the 2nd Edition of Fabulous Fit
“Fit? You mean fat!” shouted an enthusiastic seminar patron on the subject of proper fit in clothes. And she’s right. We often think about the way our clothing fits in terms of extra weight. We’re wishing we had a smaller something, somewhere on our body.
Fit is a state of mind as well as a state of physical being. The clothes we wear influence the way we think, the way we feel, the way we act and the way people react or respond to us. By wearing clothes that don’t fit, we can’t help but think about our body and appearance. Many people report feeling physically and psychologically uncomfortable and unattractive. We act accordingly.
Chances are, you’ve seen people tugging at pants too tight or hitching up too-long or too-loose slacks or skirts. The appearance and the behavior are distracting and noticed by others. They too, respond accordingly.
Wearing clothes that don’t fit focuses negative attention on the body—your own attention as well as the attention of others. It’s no wonder that even a size 10 woman thinks she’s too fat when she wears clothing two sizes too small. If the clothes feel strained or tight, we feel fat! We feel self-conscious, continually aware of tight clothes pressing or rubbing against our body, cutting into our body.
Dress us in clothes that fit, clothes that slip easily over our body with room to move, and we can forget about ourselves, our body, our size and concentrate on more important matters. We can get on with life, secure with thoughts and feelings of self-confidence that come from knowing our clothes are both comfortable and attractive.
Other people notice poor fit too. Garments that gap and ripple or wrinkle are distracting. They draw negative attention to figure variations and fitting problems. Clothing too tight restricts movement and often offends others. Wearing size 10 when we need size 14 demonstrates insecurity. It tends to declare, “I don’t like my body. I’m doing my best to ignore it—or to make you think I’m smaller.”
Reality Check: Clothing too small makes us look even larger. If it feels tight, it looks tight. If it looks tight it makes us look even heavier—stuffed in. Tight fitting clothes expose and emphasize figure variations we may prefer people didn’t notice. They cause us to look out of proportion and out of balance. A slightly loose fit—an elegantly loose fit with just enough ease—is the way to look thinner, trimmer, slimmer, smaller. Call it what you like, it works!
A fabulous fit eliminates the gaps, ripples or wrinkles that draw negative attention to our figure variations and fitting problems. A fabulous fit allows others to focus positive attention on the person—their face and purposeful points of interest.
Fabulous fit is a must. It’s essential to looking your personal or professional best. You can wear nearly any clothing style when you get it to fit. With less strain on them, they look neater longer and wear better, longer.
One of the easiest and most effective ways to improve or enhance appearance is to get a fabulous fit in your clothes. One of the fastest ways to boost your mood and sense of self-worth is to enhance appearance. It works!
Copyright Judith Rasband and Conselle L.C. 2009
Judith Rasband is the Image Expert and would love to work with you! Visit www.conselle.com or call 801-224-1207 to learn more.