Using online measurements can be a bit difficult. Add gifting to the equation, and, well, it’s just flat-out intimidating. But fear not – you don’t have to give up the idea of gifting a perfectly fitting top this holiday season. Simply use the tips below to make sure your picks are always a good fit.
- First and foremost, try to nab those measurements – especially the neck and the sleeve length. A too-tight neckline guarantees discomfort, and too-short sleeves look less than put-together.
- Always go for fitted. Regardless of whether or not your giftee is tall and slender, fitted shirts tend to be the most flattering.
- Remember, dress shirts often shrink after a few washings, so buy something that’s considerably longer in the sleeves if you’re guessing. It’s always better to have room to tailor down just in case.
- If the woman you’re buying for has a broad upper half, go for something with stretch. A small percentage of spandex can go a long way, and will save you the worry of whether or not the top will be constricting.
- Size up. Seriously. It’s better to give a friend a gift they can tailor down than one that’s too tight and destined to be returned.
- If you’re still nervous about getting the right size, opt for an oversized sweater. If the woman you’re shopping for is on the taller side, a lower hem has her covered. For those of average height or shorter, it can double as dress with tights.
By Alex Tighe, Staff Writer
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