Is It Better To Buy Bigger Or Smaller Clothes?

For most people, the decision about which size clothes to buy is a highly fraught one. You’ve probably experienced the tension between size and fit. One may say, “Buy larger” while another may counter with, “No way! Buy smaller!” So what’s the correct answer? It depends. Size often plays second fiddle to fit when it comes to choosing clothes that flatter your body type. Balancing sizing and fitting can be tricky, but what’s more important? Should you always buy smaller or bigger clothes? As you’ll see in this article, there are drawbacks and benefits to each approach. This article will teach you how to pick out the best-fitting clothes for your body type by deciding whether or not a piece of clothing complements its wearer rather than focusing on whether or not it fits their size perfectly.

Buying them too big can be a problem.

There are lots of reasons to go the larger size. It’s more comfortable, you won’t be constricted by a tight waistband, and you’ve got plenty of room for growth — if that’s something on your agenda. On the other hand, there are some reasons to consider getting clothes your actual size.

Totally baggy clothes can be uncomfortable in many ways. They’re not flattering, for starters. There’s nothing about saggy pants or a billowy shirt that does anything for your figure or hides any figure flaws you might want hidden. Plus, all those loose ends can flap up and smack you in the face when it’s windy, or if something hits them at high speed; this is true whether we’re talking about pants legs or long sleeves on shirts.

Then there’s the tripping hazard: hats with great big brims aren’t going to remain still on top of your head when they’re too large, which means they’ll flop down over your eyes at key moments when vision is important (like when you’re crossing the street). If it’s a hat with earflaps or an animal-style hood with floppy ears attached to each side and all four of those earflaps are dangling about in front of your face, then everything else in front of you is blocked out as well — namely all the big things trying to crush you as they fall from skyscraper roofs while being lifted by helicopters via huge magnets (this isn’t just a concern limited to New York City; don’t be deceived into thinking it can’t happen wherever you live).

Finally, we should consider how having overly large clothes might affect other aspects of our lives beyond just comfort and aesthetics: when those clothes get dirty — which happens quickly enough — they will take longer to wash because they require more space inside the washing machine; similarly), once washed and dried, they may no longer fit properly because either their shape has been distorted by too much shrinkage in one dimension

Buying them too small can cause problems, too.

On the other hand, buying clothes that are too small can also cause problems. They may bunch and create an unsightly roll of fabric around your midsection or under your arms (which is especially apparent in tank tops). If they’re digging into you at all—even just a little bit—this will lower your blood circulation and restrict your movement. Your clothing should move with you, not against you.

In addition, if you buy clothes that are too tight for vanity’s sake, it’ll have the opposite effect: instead of making you look smaller, it’ll make you look bigger because your body has to be stretched out to fit in the garment. The fit will be unflattering and uncomfortable, so everyone loses here.

“True to size” may not be right for you.

A t-shirt that’s true to size will have a measurement of around 42, which is the average chest size for a man. On the other hand, someone with a 37-inch chest would be more comfortable in an extra small than a small. In women’s clothes, “true to size” is usually equivalent to 41 inches as measured around the fullest part of the bust, which covers most adult American women. So if you are wearing something that is true to size but you find yourself not completely comfortable in it, chances are that you may need something smaller or larger than your normal clothing size.

Is it better to buy clothes too big?

When it comes to clothing, more often than not, the answer is yes. It’s better to buy something that runs a bit loose than it is to wear something tight and uncomfortable. In fact, when you’re trying on clothing in a store, most experts suggest buying items that are slightly larger than what you usually wear. Here are some of the reasons why:

  • Comfort
  • Ability to wear layers
  • A more flattering look

Is it better to buy clothes too small?

While you might look and feel a little better about yourself for buying something too small, it almost never gets worn. That’s because wearing clothes that are too tight is uncomfortable.

If you buy clothes that are smaller than you normally wear, the odds are good that they won’t fit properly. Instead of buying what you like, shop according to your actual size.

Buying clothes too small is not a clever way to motivate yourself to lose weight or get into shape.

That’s because it doesn’t work—at least not in the long run. It’s far more realistic to find workout routines and healthy eating plans that allow you to lose weight gradually and sustainably than set unrealistic goals based on how your body looks in a pair of jeans two sizes too small for you.

What if the clothes fit you in one area but are too big or small in others?

If you find that you need to go up or down in size due to stretching, don’t despair. There are a few things you can do:

  • Look for clothes with some stretch. You might want to opt for stretch jeans instead of regular ones. They’re more comfortable and they’ll last longer.
  • In general, it’s better to buy bigger than smaller—at least if you gain weight easily. But when it comes to pants, try buying smaller if the pants fit well in the waist but are too long or too baggy in the legs and knees. You can always shorten them (or have them shortened).

You want the clothes to fit you just right even if that means buying one size bigger than usual or getting a tailor.

You want the clothes to fit you just right even if that means buying one size bigger than usual or getting a tailor. As a general rule, you should buy clothes that fit you just right. If they’re too big, consider getting them altered by a tailor. You can alter pants, jeans, blazers and more for about $15-40 depending on what needs to be done.

If they’re too small, consider getting them altered by a tailor. You can alter pants, jeans, blazers and more for about $15-40 depending on what needs to be done.


Ultimately, your clothes should be a reflection of you. No matter what style you prefer or how large your budget is, it’s important that you buy clothes that fit. There are no hard and fast rules here, but if there’s a shirt or pair of pants that doesn’t fit quite right, consider finding a tailor to give them the customized look and feel you deserve. If adjusting the garment isn’t possible, then don’t buy the garment in the first place—stick to sizing charts and find something else. It may take some extra research and effort on your part to find clothing that fits perfectly, but when people compliment your outfit (and they will), you can thank yourself for putting in that work.


Most people would say that it’s better to buy clothing that fits correctly. This can be easier said than done, however, as the average American is heavier and taller than ever before. It’s not uncommon for people to have trouble finding clothes that fit their bodies properly—in fact, oddly-sized clothing is more the norm than it was 20 years ago. Many shoppers have a tendency of buying clothes that are a size or two too big (or too small) in order to accommodate their unique body shape or perceived identity, but this can cause problems over time.

While it may seem silly to buy clothes larger than your natural size, sometimes this is necessary for certain styles of clothes that might be tight in the wrong places. We’ve all seen someone who looks absolutely ridiculous wearing skinny jeans when they clearly don’t have the body type to pull them off! If you want to wear an item of clothing and nothing else seems right, you should go ahead and get a bigger size if it makes you happy (and if you feel comfortable wearing it)!

However, some people take this idea too far by purchasing clothing items so large that they literally swim on their bodies—or so small they look like sausage casings stuffed with filling! Although there are many reasons why someone might do this—such as self-esteem issues or a desire to make themselves look thinner/fatter—neither situation is ideal. It’s important for everyone to find clothes which fit them comfortably without being overly baggy or constricting

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