Kijiji is full of great deals on both new and used clothing – but no one wants to end up with a piece that doesn’t fit, or travel across town to realize their time has been wasted! The easiest way to ensure that the discount prom dress, cozy Canada Goose winter jacket, wedding dress, or edgy ripped jeans you’ve been eyeing is the perfect fit is to get the measurements from the seller, and to know your own.
The 4 most common areas you should know your measurements for:
Bust: From under your arms, start measuring from the fullest part of your chest wrapping the tape around your back and then meeting back again at the front.
Waist: This is usually the narrowest portion of your torso where you can see your upper body angle inwards. For more accurate measurements, try not to suck in your stomach (as many women and men are prone to do) so that you don’t end up buying something that is uncomfortably snug.
Hips: About where your hip bones are located, measure the widest part of your hips while standing with your feet together.
Inseam: This measurement usually requires a helping hand since you’re measuring from your inside leg starting at the ankle and going up to upper part of your inner leg. If you don’t have a friend around, you could measure from top to ankle instead, but it won’t be as precise.
Keep in mind that higher end designers tend to size their clothing smaller than larger-scale retailers. This is especially apparent when you’re shopping for jeans and dresses. The difference between designer and chain stores can be up to 1 dress size, so if you’re unsure, check on the measurements and compare them to your own.
Look for key words like “True to Size” , “Slim-Fit”, “Fitted”, “Body-Con”, and “Structured”, which are all code words for very little wiggle room or stretch, whereas key words like “Boyfriend Fit”, “Relaxed”, “Boxy”, and “Lightweight” all suggest that the item of clothing may fit a little looser.
Be sure to consider the material that the item of clothing is made out of. 100 % cotton, for instance, will shrink in the wash, while clothing which blends different percentages of fabrics may be less prone to shrinking. As well, certain fabrics like jersey or a cotton and spandex mix will have more stretch to them, so if you’re looking for a slimmer fit, you may want to size down. On the other hand, fabrics like chiffon and silk tend to be stiffer. If the information on fabric content is not supplied, ask the individual seller for the material details from the inside label on the clothing item before making a purchase or meeting up to check out the item in person.
Selling clothing? Including the measurements as well as the size is a great way to ensure that those who reply to your ad are serious, as you have given them all the tools to figure out if this article will work for them before they try it on.