You are one of a kind, and so am I. No matter your size, it’s nice to look beyond the usual numbers on a tag. I’m 5’2 and plus size – and often, retailers aren’t thinking about a short woman who is curvy but also not so “blessed in the chest.” That’s my challenge. Maybe you have your own set of challenges.
I love beautiful clothes that fit well, and I definitely celebrate when I find something great. I’m not the type who fills my closet with too many clothes because I think it simplifies life (and saves money) to just pick a few quality pieces that can be worn a lot of ways.
I recently discovered a site that takes your measurements for a customized fit, from sizes 0 to 32, and I want to share my experience with you because it was excellent. The site is eShakti. A red cropped jacket caught my attention immediately when I browsed. I thought the color was beautiful, and the style was different from anything else in my closet.
As a full time mom, I was thinking about the fact that the jacket would provide nice coverage while I chase my son around or when I’m holding him (he tugs on my clothes a lot), and the jacket seemed versatile enough to be dressed up or dressed down with jeans. For now, I will mostly be wearing the jacket to church, out to meals, and to fun events, but I figured this wardrobe staple would also be a great professional piece for when I re-enter the work force in a couple years.
The site took more measurements than I’ve ever thought about doing on my body, including my upper arm circumference – but I figured that was a good sign. When my jacket came in the mail, I started trying it on with skinny jeans, a black top, a classy scarf, and shiny flats because that’s my idea of comfort and classic style.
When I wore the scarf combo to church on Sunday, the first person who saw me immediately complimented the jacket. It was also great to wear for a little sushi lunch date with my husband this past week.
I think custom sizing is a strong style secret, especially if you want to buy a few go-to pieces or you’re dressing up for an occasion you’re looking forward to. The fit of your clothes can make a difference in how you carry yourself, and it does leave an impression. Lots of people say buy a piece and then get it tailored, but that can be more expensive than just finding a spot where you can custom order. Honestly, I’m not the type who would get something tailored after I buy it in a store. I want it to fit when I buy it – for cost reasons and for efficiency. I will hem my own jeans since I’m short, but that’s it.
I know spending money on clothes is a bit of a luxury nowadays, but I figure if you are going to buy something, why not make it something that you know will look great and fit you perfectly? I asked eShakti if I could offer my readers a coupon code for their site, and they kindly sent one. If you type in mamamuseme now through February 24 in the special offers box, you can get 10 percent off your order. If you’re looking for a jacket, here is a link to one similar to mine that also looks beautiful.
xoxo Teresa C.