The real secret to looking and feeling good? It’s all in the comfort factor! When our clothes are restrictive and don’t fit right, everything subtle changes. We don’t walk tall. We fiddle with our hemline and twist at our sleeves, and we don’t look confident in our own skins. But aimk g for comfort doesn’t mean sweatpants or that old, holey t-shirt – certainly not. The right comfortable clothes can be elegant and polished as well. So one of the most important style steps you can make in 2020 is building up a collection of well-fitting, classic basics – Black trousers, a white shirt, a grey sweater, a camel coat or a little black dress – that fit well, leave you in comfort and suit your lifestyle, whether you have small children, are managing chronic pain or are busy building your career, or whatever else you need to factor in when thinking about your clothing choices.
Get The Fit Right
The single most important factor to being comfortable and therefore looking and feeling good, is to get the fit of your clothes right. Move yourself away from fixating on the number on the label – it doesn’t mean anything. Pay attention instead to how the item sits on your body. Garments which are too tight and restrictive won’t sit right, but neither will ones which are overly big and baggy. Take the time to try things on and size up or down if you need to. Look for retailers which carry non-standard lines, such as a petite range or Wide width boots if that’s what you need. You could also consider spending a little extra money to get items tailored. This is the way to make off the shelf, inexpensive clothes look like a million dollars.
Pay Attention To Fabrics
The other important factor after fit is what fabrics you choose to wear. Opting for natural materials like wool, silk and pure cotton generally means greater comfort, as they are less irritating to the skin and allow the air to circulate. Look for pure blends or ones which have a small percentage of man-made textiles like nylon or elastane just to allow manageability. Beautiful soft textures can do a lot for your comfort, and with store such as H&M offering affordable cashmere it’s more attainable to access top quality fabrics.
Understand Your Body Type
Another factor to consider is understanding your body type, as this will influence what suits you and what shapes you need to go for. For example, dressing an apple shaped body means going for garments which skim over the body at the mid-section, while pear shapes may want to consider darker shades on their bottom half and looser fitting pants. Take a look through your existing clothing and make a pile of the items which feel the most comfortable – no doubt these are also the ones which suit your body shape and that you should wear more of. Dressing according to your body type means clothes will fit better and flatter you more.