How to avoid mistakes when buying clothes, it is especially important for online shopping 2018-07-30 16:35:30
How to avoid mistakes when buying clothes, it is especially important for online shopping

For sure, and you have had cases when you were wrong with the size when buying clothes and shoes, especially when it comes to buying in online stores. Quite often it happens: things seem to be of the right size and are correctly matched to the figure, but they become small or too large after the first wash. It is not superfluous to know a few basic rules with which you can easily buy jeans or a sweater that will sit on you perfectly.

So, the basic rules that are recommended for guidance when shopping.


1. Wrong measurements taken



  1. Hips. The girth of the hips is best measured in front of the mirror, standing sideways to it. Since to remove this measure centimeter tape should be fixed on the most protruding part of the buttocks, the mirror will help you not to be mistaken.
  2. Waist. To measure the waist circumference, place the tape on the narrowest part of the abdomen so that it does not snug close to the body.
  3. Chest. To measure the chest circumference, place the tape so that it passes through the most prominent points of the chest and shoulder blades. At the same time, it should be higher on the back than on the chest.
  4. Neck (used mainly to determine the size of men's shirts). Embrace the neck with a ribbon so that it passes along the 7th cervical vertebra and base of the neck and closes in the region of the jugular cavity.

After you have made measurements, compare your result with the table and choose the appropriate size.


RU INT EU US Waist Hips Chest
40 XS 34 0 60 83 82
42 S 36 2 66 87 86
44 S/M 36-38 4 70 92 90
46 M 38 6 76 96 94
48 M/L 38-40 8 82 100 96
50 L 40 10 88 104 98
52 L/XL 40-42 12 94 108 100
54 XL 42 14 100 112 104
56 XXL 42-44 16 104 116 108
  • RU — Russian sizes
  • INT — International sizes
  • EU — European sizes
  • US — US sizes


2. The manufacturer's recommendations will say a lot



When ordering any clothes on the Internet, note that the size grids of different manufacturers may differ from each other. Almost every site has its own tables, which indicate the parameters related to a particular size, which should be oriented when choosing.


3. It is important to take into account the peculiarity of the fabric when choosing the proper size



To make clothes after washing do not unexpectedly become big or small, look at the fabric from which the thing was made: cotton and wool after the washing are "compressed", but products made from knitted fabrics or synthetic fibers, on the contrary, are stretched. In addition, be sure to take into account the manufacturer's recommendations for the care of the thing, and for this, pay attention to the icons on the labels.


What things should I buy for a bigger size?



  • Sweaters and pullovers made of wool. First, tight-fitting things warm much less than those that sit freely. Secondly, it is likely that after washing woolen fibers will shrink and clothing will become small. By the way, to avoid shrinkage of things after washing, it must be dried in a strictly horizontal position, laid on dry towels.
  • T-shirts, shirts, underwear and other clothes made of cotton. After washing, cotton sits pretty hard, so things from this material should not be taken in size. However, if the composition of the product is elastane, then you can pay attention to its size.
  • Shirts and blouses with a collar. ПWhen trying on such clothes, pay attention to how tightly the collar adjoins the neck. If there is no gap between the neck and the fabric, it is better to look for a bigger model, otherwise there is a risk that after washing the collar will literally choke you.


And what - for the size smaller



  • Knitwear. It does not matter which thread was used to make the knitted fabric: the products from it will in any case be stretched. Therefore, it is better to buy clothes from jersey for half a size or less, otherwise by the end of the first day the sleeves of the sleeve will be longer than necessary.
  • Jeans. Despite the fact that the jeans are made of cotton, the peculiarity of weaving the fibers of this fabric is such that the products of denim after the first socks increase in size. The exception is jeans, in the fabric of which added special elastic fibers: they practically do not increase in size.
  • Things from polyester. Clothing made of this synthetic fabric has the property of stretching, especially in the lower part of the product, sleeves and around the collar. The problem can be solved if you buy a thing a little smaller.


4. Inadequately determine the size of shoes



If you need to order shoes in an online store, measure the length of your feet from the heel to the tip of the longest finger. Be sure to make measurements of both feet, since in most people the length of the foot of the left foot is different from the right one, and choose shoes by the greatest measure.




С 22,5 23 23,5 24 24,5 25 25,5 26
RU 35 35,5 36 36,5 37 37,5 38 38,5
EU 36 36,5 37 37,5 37 38,5 39 39,5
US 6 6,5 7 7,5 8 8,5 9 9,5
  • C — centimeters
  • RU — Russian sizes
  • EU — European sizes
  • US — US sizes


Another parameter, which you need to pay attention to when choosing shoes, is completeness. To determine it, you need to measure the circumference of the foot in the widest part of the foot. There are Russian, European and American systems for determining the completeness of shoes. American shoes are most often labeled very simply: N - normal stop, M - medium, W - wide.



RU 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Standard Normal Normal Comfort Wide Wide

Very wide

Very wide

35 21,7 22,2 22,7 23,2 23,7 24,2 24,7
36 22,1 22,6 23,1 23,6 24,1 24,6 25,1
37 22,5 23 23,5 24 24,5 25 25,5
38 22,9 23,4 23,9 24,4 24,9 25,4 25,9
39 23,3 23,8 24,3 24,8 25,3 25,8 26,3
40 23,7 24,2 24,7 25,2 25,7 26,2 26,7
41 24,1 24,6 25,1 25,6 26,1 26,6 27,1
42 24,5 25 25,5 26 26,5 27 27,5


We hope that after this useful information you will not have difficulty with choosing the size of clothes and all your online purchases will deliver you joy and satisfaction from a successful purchase!


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