October 19, 2011
Fit Guide Help
We are here to help! If you need assistance finding the correct size, use the measuring instructions below along with these fitting charts. If you are between sizes, it is best to select the larger size.
Suggested Method to Size Men and Women, Boys and Girls
Sizing!An Article by Donald Singer President, Executive Apparel, Inc.
who never needed anything more than an occasional dozen sweatshirts, just told you she needs you to outfit the entire usher staff of five theaters with vests, shirts, ties, and pants along with blazers for
the individual theater managers. You have gotten on the net and sourced the goods with reputable manufacturers and you start to realize that this could be a very profitable situation for your company, that
is, until your client asks you the inevitable question: How do we size these people? It is the WE that is bothering you. You have seen those manufacturers sizing charts. They look like spreadsheets on
hormones. The sizes are definitely not S, M, and L. There are numbers like 4-24, 35-54, and 28-52. (You never were good at math!) To add insult to injury, they add builds like Longs, Shorts, Petites,
Talls, and Portlys to the mess. This great program is starting to look like a bad dream. Do not give up!
Here is a quick and easy tour of measuring that will make fitting, if not a snap, at least a bit less painful. The first thing you need to remember is You are not alone! The manufacturers who produce the
garments you need to fit can help you by offering a variety of information. Sizing charts are just the beginning.
Most manufacturers have quality specifications that their garments must follow in order to produce a standard fitting product. Ask for them. Make sure that you are familiar with details you might get
asked, like, what is the length of a size 4 skirt, or what is the unhemmed inseam length on a size 32 pant. Again, do this before you actually go to fit your clients so you can arrive somewhat familiar with
the idiosyncrasies of your manufacturers production methods and have answers for your more difficult sizings. Check on your manufacturers return policies. You will probably be switching sizes on some
garments and you need to stay within your manufacturers guidelines to avoid restocking charges. Work with your client to prepare a well-organized sizing chart with each persons name listed that you will be
measuring ahead of time. This will keep things running smoothly.
I always wear a size 12! Do not ever ask the end-user to tell you what size he wears in off-the-rack clothing! Uniform sizing can be very different from Liz Claiborne. Tell her so. The reality is, the
industry is slow to change and the patterns you are fitting may be many years old, when the average woman was a size 10, not a size 14 as she is today. Always measure or try a garment on. Do not worry about
the size ticket, worry about the fit. People who have to wear uniforms every day have wide varieties of preferences in their fit. Some will march right up to the closest mirror to see how trim and stylish
they look. Others will fling their arms around in wide circles and do toe touches to make sure they have enough room whether it looks good or not. It is of great importance to recognize the difference,
since it is not uncommon to have a significant size differential for these varied preferences.
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