I recently took a sewing class in order to learn a really great life skill that has kept generations of family members looking stylish. The class was a good introduction to sewing and I learned the basics of creating a custom fit outfit, well in my case, a pyjama pants. It also made me realize that while we all can't have our closet custom made for us, we can do a few things to ensure that we feel good in every outfit we wear. Here are five hacks that will have you feeling good right away.
1. Cut Out The Label
While having a label on clothing is great when you're shopping, you know so that you can pick out what might possibly be the correct size (see hack 2 for more on this), once purchased the label is just a constant reminder that size is an arbitrary marketing tool used by companies to affect how you feel about yourself. You shouldn't focus on what size you are. Instead, get a pair of scissors, cut that pesky label out (let's face it, it's scratchy anyway) and focus on how the outfit makes you feel. Do you feel fierce? Do you feel like you can take over the world? Yes? Then you've found the perfect size. Now, whenever you pick out that piece, you'll only remember how good you feel in it.
2. Know Your Measurements
Remember I mentioned I started taking sewing? Well, in the class we learned that dress making sizes are completely different from clothing stores, which in turn are different from each other. I can be an XL in one clothing item and a 2X for a different item in the same store. It all depends on the fabric, the pattern and especially the cut. That's why it's important to know your measurements. It'll give you a great guideline when shopping online so that you have a better idea of how each piece will fit. See below for a guideline of which parts to measure.
3. Say Goodbye to Thigh Chafing
Unless you were born with a thigh gap, this hack is a necessity. It will keep your thighs chafe free so that you can breeze through your day in that gorgeous pencil skirt without so much as a wince. All you need is a deodorant and some corn starch. Before you get dressed roll on some deodorant and dab on a little bit of cornstarch. This will allow your legs to touch without creating too much friction, which causes chafing. You can also use baby powder to keep your thighs dry. Next time you wear a skirt, do this step first! Trust me, your thighs will thank you!
4. The Best Defense is Offence
Do you know what's the absolute worst? When you finally find the perfect pair of jeans and you live in them only to have them ruined by the inner thigh rip. You know what I'm talking about. Those annoying tears that occur due to chafing in the inner thigh area. In order to combat this issue, it's important to be proactive. Sew or iron on a patch in the areas that are prone to tearing. It will give you an extra layer of protection so that you can love those jeans for much longer.
5. Master the Spray and Pull Technique
Need to fit into your jeans, but feeling a bit constricted in it? Pull on the jeans, spray some warm water on the areas that could use some stretching and.. PULL. Pull like your life depended on it. The denim will give a little and make it much more comfortable to wear. Bonus tip: Do some lunges and squats while you're at it. You'll get a great leg workout in, and it will stretch out the fabric even more.
Did you find these tips useful? Any other ones that I might have missed? Let me know in the comments below.
Until next time, remember to celebrate your curves and satisfy your cravings.