We have all looked in our closets, let out a big sigh, and lamented the fact that we have nothing to wear. What is truly puzzling is that it is not that there is nothing in our overstuffed, disorganized closets it’s that what is there has never been the right size to begin with or the proper fit.
According to a recent survey conducted by Talbots, 80 percent of women do not wear at least 25 percent of the clothes that are in their closet. The survey concludes that women ages 35 and up claim to know what size they are but do not know their measurements and in a time when you may be a size 6 in one brand you could very easily be a 10 in another brand. Add to this that 40 percent were willing to go up one size and only 20 percent were willing to go up two sizes.
Further interesting statistics include that 85 percent of the respondents determine if something will fit simply by looking at the size marked on the tag. Only 16 percent of the women said that they regularly check the manufacturers’ size chart when determining fit. More than 40 percent admitted to buying clothes that they planned on fitting into in the near future and 60 percent admitted to having “fat” clothes and “skinny” clothes when what they really want are clothes that are comfortable and flattering.
The bottom line is, if you really want to wear and enjoy the clothes you have in your closet ignore the size on the tags and go for what really fits and looks good on your figure. If you have to go up a size or two so be it. If the size on the tag bothers you that much either cut it out or join a gym.