Sheila over at Ephemera had a great tip embedded in a funky outfit post (which in and of itself will be good inspiration for anyone wanting to rock bright colors and skirts but stay warm). She scored the featured skirt without trying it on but it fit like a glove. Her secret? Shopping with a tape measure!
Knowing your clothing measurements in inches/cm allows you to figure out if a piece you can’t (or don’t have time to) try on will match your body. Vanity sizing combined with the vast range of brands/eras represented at the thrift store also makes this a very handy tool when those pants look suspiciously like a great fit even though they’re not labeled as your size…
I inherited a bright blue portable tape measure from my mom that I often tuck in my bag when I’m thrifting photo frames or furniture, but it hadn’t occurred to me to use a tape measure for clothing (duh). This obviously requires a little bit of homework – namely measuring yourself at home and writing down (or memorizing) your measurements. I suppose if you don’t mind marking it up, you could even record your measurements on said tape measure case with a fine tip permanent marker for quick reference. Waist or bust size may need re-inscribing as size fluctuates, but inseam isn’t likely to budge much.
What are your favorite tools for thrifting? Happy weekend, Thrifters!