You may be surprised to hear this, but fit is more important than even what you choose to wear, because if whatever you wear fits you well or properly and is true to your individual size, then it’s going to be hard for you to look bad.
But what is “Fit”? Just because you can button or zip into something, does not mean that it fits. And you can’t go by a standard size like say a size 8, because with various brands and manufacturers, the sizing differs greatly. Unfortunately, there is not much of a standard nor a law in the fashion world when it comes to sizing, which is something you’ve probably noticed as with one brand you might be a size 8, and in another a size 12.
How to Achieve a “True Fit”:
Firstly, knowing how a particular garment should drape and fit on your body is a big part of it, and there is a big difference between something tailored to fit your body, and something plastered on, there are some clothes that are so tight that it looks like the wearer had to use grease to slip into them! You may be able to zip up or button into something, but that does not mean that is your right size or fit.
Knowing your body, especially your shape, height and proportions is very key in all this! If you have long arms or a short torso for instance, you want to make sure to accommodate for that, otherwise you’ll end up looking frumpy, baggy, or like your clothes got shrunk in certain spots. Dressing in a manner to flatter your shape and size can be difficult if you’re just buying whatever you think is “cute,” but reading up on the various body shapes and types can be exceedingly helpful short of a personal stylist in helping you to steer away from garments that will be unflattering.
Lastly, I’m afraid to say that buying clothes right off the rack in a store and expecting them to fit is nearly impossible. The Fashion industry unfortunately does not cater to your individual shapes and sizes, but rather according to a fit model, who is an average, but certainly not representative enough of all the various shapes and sizes people come in. If you want to avoid the costs of bespoke clothing but still get a good fit, take clothes to be hemmed, taken in, let out, etc. as a less expensive way of obtaining clothing that really fits your body. And if you come across a garment in a store that fits you like a glove, then buy several pairs of it, because that’s the clothing jackpot!