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When shopping for items directly off the rack, consider alterations as an option. As a plus size woman, finding the proper fit can sometimes be overwhelming, especially because we have limited options to begin with. It is amazing what a few simple alterations can do to make a garment fit and flattering your curves, instead of adding bulk, which can make you look bigger.
Consider the following alteration options when you are shopping for new items to purchase, or going through your closet deciding which items to keep.
Sleeves/Shoulders: Altering sleeves to be shorter (long sleeve to 3/4 or short sleeve), or taking in the sleeve at the seam to eliminate bulk.
Waist: If you are in between sizes, consider buying the garment in the bigger size and taking it in at the waist or throughout the torso and at the shoulders, making sure the top sleeve seam begins right at the edge of your shoulder. Now you have a custom fit top!
Legs: If you are on the shorter side, you can easily alter pants shorter if they are too long. Wearing pants that are too long will make your legs appear shorter, so in order to visually lengthen your legs, have them altered so they are one inch past your ankle bone. Bottoms can also easily be taken in at the waist along the seam if they are too big. In some cases they can also be taken out if you feel they are just slightly too tight. You can also alter bottoms through the thigh, along the side seam in order to eliminate bulk in the upper leg, hip and bottom area.