This is a true story. It’s also a story with a recurring theme: if at first it doesn’t fit…try, try again. It happened to me just the other day. I found a pair of slim-leg khaki pants on-line at Gap.com, and since I’m never sure about purchasing clothing on-line, I took myself to the local Gap store to find the pants in person. I was drawn to them because they were a slim fitting pant with a bit of stretch and even better, they had been reduced in price several times. When I reached the Gap, there were only a few sizes left - I guess others had found out about the price reduction. And as luck would have it, three of the pants were my size! I started to bring one in to the dressing room, and something made me stop in my tracks. Perhaps I should take all three? Silly, right? I know, but something made me grab all three. I’m happy that I did.
Three pants, all the same size. But, what a difference in the three. Two out of the three, were almost right, but not quite. I would have been tempted to get them anyway, because the price was so great, but really, nothing beats a good fit (remember?). One had a waist line too low, and the other – not enough stretch. I started to feel like Goldilocks! When I tried the third, I knew. This was a perfect fit. Better waist and tighter fit in the legs.
Why does this keep happening? What’s a girl to do? (Don’t even get me started on the fact that a size 4 in one label is a size 8 in another! But, that’s another article.) If they say one size, shouldn’t they all fit the same way? You would think so, but the answer is obviously, no. My advice is this: if there are two of the same size, take both and follow your eye until you find the better fit. Because, perfect is not the same as ‘perfect enough’!
Melissa Kaplan Guarino delights in sharing her love of fashion with you. Fashion questions? Feel free to write to Melissa at MelroseStyle@hotmail.com.
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