Perfect Size: How to Find the Perfect Fit of Clothes and Shoes

Finding the perfect fit whether you’re looking for clothes, shoes, or any other apparel isn’t as easy as it seems. It involves a lot of research into what looks good and feels good for different body types and depending on different seasons or occasions. You can be tall, short, skinny or curvy, and all the same, everybody wants a perfect fit. After all, a perfect fit just helps boost confidence and the way people look also often speaks volumes about the person. So who wouldn’t want to make that nice first impression?

Remember that fit is king, so before jumping into any of these rules to finding the perfect fit, make sure to have your proper measurements of yourself ready to make finding the right fit easier and more accurate.

Read below for comprehensive tips in finding the perfect size for pants, shirts, shoes, bra, ring, and bracelet, among others.

How to find the perfect size for pants?

The key body parts in finding the perfect pants for both men and women are the waist, hips/ thighs, and ankles.

Waist: as a general rule, pants should sit comfortably on your hips without needing to use a belt. Whether the pants is a straight cut, high-waist rise, or hipsters, the waistband should snug properly where it should be without feeling uncomfortable, too tight or too loose. Remember: wearing a belt in a perfect size pants should only be an option, not a necessity.

Hips/Thighs: for both men and women’s pants, except for skinny jeans and other tight-fitting styles of pants, there should be at least an inch of wiggle room between the fabric and your thighs or hips to allow your skin to breathe a little bit. The easiest way to find out? Give your pants a little pinch.

Ankles: this rule depends on the style of the pants. If it’s Capri, cropped, culottes, or pedal pushers, make sure that the length is where it should be. But in normal length style, the pants should touch the top of your shoes just a little below your ankle. If it’s longer than that, it’s probably too long.

Tip: If you can’t squeeze yourself easily in your pants while putting it on, it doesn’t fit. If you can’t move while wearing it, it doesn’t fit. Forget the size tag, pick the pants that fit properly, especially in the waist and thigh area. Always go for your biggest part – if your hips are wider even if the waist fits, just pick a size up.

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How to find the perfect size for shirts?

The key areas in finding the perfect size for shirts include the neck, sleeves, torso, and length.

Neck: in general, shirts with crew necks have pretty standard neck openings so it’s easy to spot the one that perfectly fits in that area. Just remember to avoid shirts that fit too tight to your neck, restricting your breathing, and also shirts that have very loose neck opening that looks like it’s too. If wearing v-necks for both men and women, avoid the deep v-cuts – or those that drop past your armpit. But of course, this rule depends on your personal taste.

Sleeves: there are different kinds of sleeve cuts to consider when finding the perfect size for shirts. For women, there’s the ¾ cut, the short sleeves, the medium-tee, and the usual T-shirt fit. As a general guide, the sleeves of the shirt should be around the mid-bicep area and lightly hug your arms. The sleeves shouldn’t be too tight, although, in some styles, the sleeves tend to be a little too loose.

Torso: the perfect fitting shirt will be the shirt where you can pinch between 1-2 inches of fabric on both sides of your stomach area. This rule goes for both men and women and for every body type.

Length: again, depending on the style, the perfect length of the shirt should sit above the belly button for cropped top and lower below the crotch area for the longer shirt designs. The general rule though for normal T-shirts is for it to have a length somewhere between the upper to mid crotch for men and for women, it should be fit between the belly button area to the pelvic area. This avoids showing too much stomach when reaching up for things and also allows it to be slightly tucked.

Find a comprehensive dress shirt size guide here.

How to find the perfect size for shoes?

There are many different kinds of shoes, but the general rule for all of them is to make sure that it’s able to protect your feet. And the perfect size for shoes is the one that follows the shape of your feet, feels comfortable and you don’t have to squeeze into the shoes wearing it.

  • The perfect size for shoes is the one that will leave enough space for you to slip a finger between the shoe and your heel without being too roomy.
  • The front of the shoe should not be pressing on your toes.
  • The perfect shoe size should not put pressure on the sides of your feet. Walking should be comfortable.
  • Choose the size that matches the biggest foot.

Check this for more about Shoe Sizes: Shoe Size Charts, Men & Women, How to Measure.
Remember: The perfect fitting shoes is the one that you can wear comfortably now. Don’t buy the ones that you’ll try to fit into later. It’s also best to get the shoes later in the day when your feet are as it’s biggest, from all the strain in the day.

How to find the perfect bra size?

The perfect bra size usually depends on the fit of the band and the cup size.

Band: the bra band is responsible for about 90% of the actual support. The easiest way to tell if it fits perfectly? Try slipping off your straps. If your bra stays in place, then, the band and cup both fit well. To make adjustments, try to fasten your band on the different hooks to find the part where it sits comfortably on your back. If it digs in, try a looser hook. If it’s still tight, try a larger band size and a smaller cup size. It should be snug, not suffocating.

Cup: the cup of the bra should at all times fit smoothly into your breasts with no space in between. In general, if you are spilling over, in any direction, go up a cup size. Seeing too much space and cup gaping, go for a cup smaller. Another alternative? if you go up in the band, go down in the cup and vice versa.

Straps: since most of the bra support is coming from the band, the straps are there to support the band. It should be tight enough to stay in place and keep the cups from gaping, but also should also not be too tight that they are digging into your shoulders. If it digs in your shoulders, it could mean your cups are too small or your band is too big. If your straps are slipping off, your cups are too big.

For more information about Bra Sizes and Measurements click the link.

Remember: If your breasts have different sizes, go for the bigger cup.

How to find the perfect ring size?

Before looking into finding the perfect ring size, it is worth noting that finger sizes can change depending on the weather, diet, medication and the type of work we do every day. Both hands can also have different ring sizes for the same finger so the key is to measure each finger.

Ring size: there are different ways to find your ring size from visiting a local jeweler, to using plastic ring sizer, to using a printable ring sizer. Perfect ring size is a ring that fits tightly over the knuckle so it doesn’t fall off the finger, but is not so tight as to restrict blood flow and create discomfort.

In general, women’s ring sizes typically range from 3 to 9. In the US, the most popular sizes range from 5 to 7 with size 6 being the most bought. Men’s rings sizes range from 8 to 14, with the most commonly purchased rings ranging between 8 to 10.5 and a size 9 being the most popular.

Other trips:

  • Measure your finger at a normal body temperature — fingers can shrink or expand when cold or hot.
  • Cold temperatures tend to shrink your finger size and hot temperatures cause them to swell.
  • Eating too much salty food can result in larger ring size, while too much alcohol will bump up by half size. When in doubt, order up to half a size bigger ring size.
  • The fit could also be different depending on the style. Wider bands (those thicker than 6mm) tend to fit more snugly, so consider a bigger ring size. Stacking rings, on the other hand, need to be within half a size smaller or larger than each other to stack well.
  • Measure your finger at the end of the day when your finger is likely to be largest.

For more details about how to measure ring sizes, size charts and an online ring calculator, check here:

How to find the perfect bracelet size?

To find the perfect bracelet size, you have to know the measurement of your wrist first where you usually wear a bracelet. To find your actual bracelet size measure around the wrist at the wrist bone using a ribbon tape measure, or a strip of paper and a ruler will do. The measurement is the wrist size.

Once you have your wrist size, add ¼ to ½ inch for a snug fit, add ¾ to 1 inch for a comfortable fit and add 1- 1 ¼ inch for a loose fit.

Use the chart below as a guide to finding the perfect bracelet size.

Bracelet Size Chart – Women

US Women’s Bracelet SizeLength
Medium7 ½” - 8”
Large8 ½”
Plus Size9"
Anklet9 ½” - 10”

Bracelet Size Chart – Men

US Men’s Bracelet SizeLength
Medium8 ½”
Plus Size9 ½”


How to shrink clothes to perfect size?

Shrinking clothes to a perfect size is a lot easier than you think. In fact, bringing that favorite apparel down size is possible in just a few hours. Just make sure that the material is cotton and isn’t already pre-shrunk.

The Boiling Method: the easiest most effective way to shrink clothing is to boil it. Simply boil water over a stove and drop the clothing once it starts boiling. Leave it for 5 mins. If you want to shrink it further, leave it in the boiling water longer. But note that cotton clothing can only shrink up to a maximum of 20% in size.

The Washer/Dryer Method: shrinking clothes can be as simple as doing your usual laundry in the washer and dryer. For best results, set the washing machine on the hottest setting to allow the most shrinkage. Next, just run your clothing also on the hottest possible setting of a dryer.

How does the perfect body of a man look like?

The perfect body of a man would depend on the criteria of person to person. It could be a well-built muscle, six-pack abs, toned arms and chest that looks like a Greek superhero, or it could also be an ideal body type for a certain height.

In general, the body ratio of a perfect body in a man related to body measurements according to height is: Waist – 45 to 47% of the height. Shoulders – 1.618x of waist size. Arms should be identical to the size of the neck circumference, and the chest should be 10” to12″ bigger than waist size.

The ideal body weight in men is equal to 106 lbs for the first 5 ft. + 6 lb for each additional inch.

The “perfect” body proportion for men is considered to be a “48”-“30,” or a 48-inch chest and a 30-inch waist.

What is the perfect body size of a woman?

Similar with the perfect body of a man, the perfect body size of a woman would depend on several factors, although the most common measure of an ideal body type is relative to the height of the person.

For women, the perfect body size ratio is “36”-“24”-“36”, which corresponds to a 36-inch bust size, 24-inch waist, and 36-inch hips. This is often considered as the “perfect” proportion for women.

But the ideal body weight in women is equal to 100 lbs for the first 5 ft + 5 lb for each additional inch.

Which female body shapes exist?

In identifying body shapes and sizes, it is important to note that there is no “average” or “typical” body type. Some women tend to be curvier than others, while others may have narrower hips or broader shoulders.

Here are the most common categories of female body shapes:

  • Rectangle/straight: this is characterized by waist measurement that is almost the same as hip and bust measurements. Often times, the shoulders and hips are also of the same size.
  • Triangle or “pear” shape: in this body shape, the shoulders and bust are usually narrower than the hips. You probably have slimmer arms and narrower waist too.

Inverted triangle or “apple” shape: this is evident in women with shoulders and bust that are larger than their relatively narrow hips.

  • Hourglass: this is often referred to as the ideal body proportion for women. You have hips and bust that almost have the same measurements and you have a well-defined waist that’s narrower than both your hips and bust. Women with hourglass figure may have slightly rounded arms.